Indigenous Taiwanese Man Tracks Down Father’s Grave After 66 Years

5/2/2019

With the help of the Transitional Justice Commission (TJC), an indigenous man finally tracked down the grave of his father, a victim of the White Terror, Taiwan’s period of martial law, which lasted from 1949 to 1987.

Wu Chin-shan, a Bunun man from Nantou County, never had a chance to meet his father, a policeman who was arrested in 1952 on suspicion of involvement with insurgent groups. Records show that he died of a disease during incarceration in 1953, before Wu Chin-shan was born. Like many political prisoners at the time, his arrest was rushed. Law enforcement did not know how to contact his family, so he was mistakenly identified as Fujianese and buried with other unclaimed soldiers.

68-year-old Wu Chin-shan turned to the TJC for an investigation of his father’s case, and after reviewing the files, the TJC successfully tracked down his grave in Liuchangli cemetery.

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