Brutal Dictator and an American Ally – Chiang Kai-shek

Casey DuBose wrote a comment wanting proof for the claim that 30,000 were killed during the 2/28 massacre in Taiwan. Here is the proof and more.

Arts & Humanities listed Chiang Kai-shek with other dictators responsible for horrible atrocities and claimed he is responsible for at last one million deaths.

The Taipei Times published a piece on the front page of the paper on Tuesday, February 27, 2007, and said, Former dictator Chiang Kai-shek was a murderer and President Chen Shui-bian said Taiwan’s former authoritarian regime and its leaders were responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of civilians slain in 1947.

On a site that lists the death tolls for the major wars and atrocities of the twentieth century, Chiang Kai-shek was given credit for 10,214,000 democides from 1921 to 1948.

In another post about Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity, says, “From 1927 to 1949, Chiang’s troops used murder, torture and other brutal tactics to wipe out the communists.”

Then lists a century of genocides from 1900-2000 and Chiang Kai-shek was credited with the deaths of 30 thousand in a popular uprising in Taiwan in 1947.

I read at the Boston Examiner that several thousand protesters marched in Taipei on February 28, 1947 against the brutality (that took place the day before) but were met with bullets. Martial law was declared and even though things had settled down by the time the Nationalist soldiers arrived the massacre began almost immediately.

East Asia posted an Austrian Perspective by Christian Schafferer, who said the infamous 1947 “2-28 Incident” resulted in ten to thirty thousand civilians killed and Taiwan’s governor executed.

I discovered a book on the topic, Representing Atrocity in Taiwan, The 2.28 Incident and the White Terror by Sylvia Li-Chun, who is the Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Notre Dame.

The most powerful evidence comes from the monument in Taiwan to the incident, which says, “Within a few months, the number of deaths, injured and missing persons amounted to tens of thousands.  Keelung, Taipei, Chiayi and Kaohsiung suffered the highest number of casualties. It was called the February 28 Incident.”

Then from the Asia Times, “They slaughtered civilians at random to terrorize the Taiwanese into submission, and carried out a targeted campaign to wipe out the Taiwanese elite – local leaders and intellectuals – who represented the biggest threat to KMT rule. To this date the numbers killed are uncertain, but historians estimate 30,000.”


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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