TAIWAN: Surviving with the Other Chiang

"Even the heavens are weeping for President Chiang." That was the poetic phrase used by many Chinese in Taipei last week to describe the incessant downpour that accompanied the paying of respects to the late President Chiang Kai-shek (TIME, April 14). For many—especially the veteran Nationalists who followed Chiang to Taiwan after the Communists took control of the mainland in 1949—his passing was a wrenching emotional experience.

Groups of mourners, some sobbing, bowed ritually before a flower-bedecked altar set up at the presidential residence four miles from the capital. Then at midweek,...

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