Today I joined Linda Arrigo on a walk around the hills behind Taipei Medical University (臺北醫學大學). The area is covered in graves which reveal many layers of the history of Taiwan in the post World War II period. Most of the graves are of people who arrived in Taiwan with the KMT after 1945 and there is a large number of Christian and Muslim graves. Michael Turton has a post on his blog about some of the history of this area and the slides from Linda's PowerPoint presentation at flickr. I'll add some more of my own photos and commentary.
The Taipei Medical University is in the foreground of the photo. The area is within walking distance of Taipei 101.
A crew from CTI TV (中天電視網) came to record Linda talking about the history of the area. They will produce a segment for a news magazine program. There was also a journalist from the United Daily News (聯合報) there.
The first stop was the grave of Chiang Wei-shui (將渭水). Chiang died in 1931 at the age of 40. He was one of the most important figures in the Taiwanese Nationalist movement during the era of Japanese rule. The Taipei to Yilan Freeway is named in his honor.
The next place we stopped was an area were victims of the White Terror period were buried. Graves in this area were marked only by a small headstone. Linda said the bodies were originally just dumped in the area off the side of the road. If the family of the victim paid the police then sometimes they could find out where the body had been dumped.
Another fascinating thing is the large number of Muslim graves. There is a large area for the family of Bai Chongxi (白崇禧), a Muslim KMT general.
This photo gives a good overview of the area. A few hours was really only enough time to get a taste. You could easily spend days here or write an entire thesis about it.
*more photos at flickr.