New book of Chiang Kai-shek’s Diaries Released, Expected to Recover Historical Truth
On January 18th, Taiwan’s Academia Historica released its
new book, “Five Diaries of President Chiang Kai-Shek.”
The book excerpts Chiang’s diaries chronologically, and
preserves the original writing.
Academia Historica hopes to recover the true history
of Chiang and the Republic of China during his presidency.
Scholars of Chiang commented that, the “Five Diaries”
not only reflects Chiang’s personal opinions, but also provides precious historical details.
Clues in the book might be found for dealing with future
Excerpts from the new book, “Five Diaries of President Chiang
are categorized into five themes including diligence,
touring, study, introspection and compassion.
Director of the Taiwanese Academia Historica, Lu Fang-sang,
said that information from the book provides sufficient
references to obtain an in-depth picture of Chiang’s personal
behavior and Republic of China’s history throughout his life.
Though the contents have been rearranged, every word in
Chiang’s diaries is published exactly in its original form,
“recovering the true history of Republic of China.”
The organizer of Chiang Kai-shek Research Group”, Huang
Tzu-chin, said the “Five Diaries” is based on the original diary scripts, referring to some other scripts as well.
This makes it easier to understand historical events in a more
For example, in March, 1940, Wang Jingwei’s regime was
established in Nanjing under the support of the Japanese.
In November of the same year, the Japanese minister of foreign
Affairs, Yosuke Matsuoka,
with government of Republic of China,
sued for peace in Chongqing.
The “Five Diaries” reveales the fact that it is the banker
Qian Yongming who delivered the message.
Huang Tzu-chin: ”The diaries are categorized into five themes,
which are excerpted from Chiang’s diaries.
One advantage of the book is that, it doesn’t fabricate that
which is not written in the diaries, so it is a very reliable historical recording.
On the other hand, some of the diaries only tell us the
happenings on a particular day and his feelings on it,
but the cause and effect is sometimes unclear or missing.
This book has been edited by his secretary, who added the
necessary details back in.
So for some events you can learn more from the “Five Diaries”
than from the original diaries.
Chiang’s subordinate, the former premier of Taiwan,
Hau Pei-tsun, along with some other Chiang’s acquaintances, attended the book’s launch event.
They all praised Chiang’s personality with complimentary
words regarding his struggle for the country and its democracy.
Huang Tzu-chin: ”I’ve never seen a diary which depicts as
true a man like Chiang Kai-shek’s does.
He insisted on writing diaries from 1917 to 1972.
He rarely skipped a day during those 55 years.
He still wrote, “I am ill today so I can’t write” on days he had
to pause, and it didn’t happen many times in his life.
That』s why his diaries are highly regarded and need to be published.”
In 2011, Hau Pei-tsun published the book “An Insider’s
Viewpoint on Mr. Chiang Kai-shek』s diary: 1945-1949.”
He expected it would provide insight into the
military-involved diaries during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Hau said that little has been revealed in Mainland China about
the war; Chiang’s diary could strongly support the truth.
The ex-committee member of the CCP Central Literature
Research Center, Gao Wenqian, told NTDTV that China
won’t advance until true history is recovered and made known
to the Chinese people.
(Gao Wenqian):”The Chinese people have a right to know.
the CCP always explains or fabricates historical events
in a way that supports the “legality of its authority.
Therefore, factual history has to be recovered before
any real political progress can be made in China.
A list of important historical events include Mao’s true
personality and life, the Culture Revolution, Deng Xiaoping’s
suppression of Tiananmen Square protests, Jiang Zemin’s
persecution of Falun Gong, and Hu Jintao’s execution of Liu Xiaobo.
The lies told by the CCP have to be uncovered sooner or later.”
The secretary of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo,
Tsu Sung-chiu, also attended the new book’s launch.
Tsu is reported to have followed Chiang Kai-shek between
1954 and 1958, which was Taiwan’s most trying time.
He said that Mr. Chiang is a true follower of Sun Yat-sen
and has worked for the country and its people with truthfulness.
NTDTV reporters, Chang Chun, Zhou Ping and Sun Ning