resistance against Japanese troops
Since Japanese troops stationed in Taiwan, Tauyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli and
south of Taichung, folks everywhere were organizing together to guard
themselves against the Japanese. After repeated setbacks, the Japanese
strengthened its arms, then the local forces started to loose ground all
the way to Baguar Mountain in Chanhua.
At that point, both sides had lost countless arms and soldiers.
In Tainang, there was Liu Yon-Fuˇ¦s formally
trained army. The Japanese did not dare to underestimate its power and
strength, so they transferred their crack troops from Dalien on the
mainland. When the Japanese troops advanced to Tainangˇ¦s perimeter,
the gentry and merchants inside asked a British priest to greet them and
opened the gate for them to enter into the town! Liu fled to Hsiamen.
Under this kind of adverse circumstances, Taiwanese people used
primitive weapons to fight against the state of the art weapons of the
Japanese, only in an effort to protect their homes and families. Tens of
thousands of lives were sacrificed during the five-months resistance,
but in vain.
In my observation, there were several factors contributed to the
Japanese occupation of Taiwan: (1) Ching Emperor ceded Taiwan to Japan; (2) Ching military forces
abandoned Taiwan; (3) Selfish Taiwanese gentry treasured their lives and
properties only, they did not cooperate with the militiamen in fighting
against the enemy; (4) The militiamenˇ¦s equipments were simple and
crude, they also lacked formal military training; (5) The militiamen did
not have sufficient time to organize together under one command.
Democratic Taiwanˇ¦s history was
rather short, but it has taught us to be self-reliant, independent. If
it were not for our strong economy and mutual political benefits,who or
which country would go through all the troubles to stand on our side?
But then again, if the diplomatic relations between two nations depend
on mutual benefits, then this kind of relation definitely will not last