Mrs. Chen Shu-chu of Taiwan
''take'' by famous Taiwanese movie director Ang Lee
Apr. 29, 2010
Illustration by Joe Ciardiello for TIME
Chen Shu-chu is a seller of vegetables in a stall in Taitung County's central market, in southern Taiwan. .......[NOTICE TIME DID NOT CALL TAIWAN AS PART OF CHINA OR EVEN CALL IT CHINESE TAIPEI. JUST TAIWAN. NICE, TIME!]...... Out of her modest living, Chen, 59, has managed to donate nearly NT$10 million (that's $320,000) to various causes, including $32,000 for a children's fund, $144,000 to help build a library at a school she attended and another $32,000 for the local orphanage, where she also gives financial support to three children. .....[THIS STORY WAS FIRST REPORTED BY TAIWAN MEDIA in 2005 ....]
What's so wonderful about Chen's achievement is not its extraordinariness but that it is so simple and matter of fact in its generosity. "Money serves its purpose only when it is used for those who need it," she told a newspaper. .And rather than bask in her celebrity, Chen seems to dismiss the whole thing with a wave of her hand, perhaps even with a hint of irritation. There isn't much to talk about, because I did not enter any competition," she says. "I haven't really made any huge donations." ......... She's planning ....... to establish a fund to help the poor with education, food and health care. Amazing, but of all she has given away, her greatest gift is her example. .....
This is a wonderful and heartwarming story, first reported in Taiwan in 2005, five years before now. Why did it take so long? Fate? Destiny? And now the DPP and the KMT are fighting over all this. Ouch! But for the first time in histoy, both the Taipei Times and the China Post expat newspapers agree in their editorials on this that the DPP and KMT are both making fools of themselves over this. Sigh.
2010-05-01 中國時報 黃力勉／台東報導