How time flies! It has already been 10 years since former president Chiang Ching-kuo passed away.
The year before he died ROC President Chiang Ching-kuo made several major policy decisions-ending martial law, relaxing restrictions over the founding of new newspapers, and allowing people to visit relatives on the mainland-for which people remember him fondly.
Now, 10 years later, Sinorama is publishing a special issue: "Chiang Ching-kuo: A Biography in Photographs." We have selected photos from each stage of his life from the KMT Department of History archives, as well as some rarely seen family snapshots and some of the many photos taken by Kao Chih-wei, his official photographer during his presidency, which capture all of the important aspects of his life.
Whether they show him serving his father Chiang Kai-shek at home in Zhejiang, studying abroad in Russia, building a new southern Jiangxi, overseeing the retreat from Dachen Island, developing the Ten Major Projects, lowering his head like a bull when playing with his children at his home on Changan East Road, or spending loving moments with his wife, every photograph holds a moving story.
In this era of rapid change in a city of lost memories, let us celebrate the stories we still have to tell. Over the long course of history we haven't forgotten everything.
This grainy picture of the young Chiang Ching-kuo was a keepsake from his years in Russia, where he went hoping to find a new path for China.