Taiwan Church News
3 – 9 March, 2017
Memoirs Of Kao Chun-Ming As An Outstanding Witness To PCT’s Centennial Mission In Taiwan And A Precious Gift To Taiwan Society In The Tumultuous 1970s
Reported by Chen Yi-fan
In the 1970s, an era highly immersed in the milieu of cold war stand-off and surpression, Taiwanese people were deeply impressed by the audacious leadership of Rev Kau Chun-ming acting as then PCT’s General Secretary inspiring numerous PCT pastors to stand up criticizing KMT’s authoritarian regime and deliver three confessional manifestos for Taiwan’s church and society.
To pay tribute to Rev Kao’s historical contribution to the development of Taiwan’s democracy and freedom, Avanguard Press, the publishing company renown for its series publication of Taiwanese literature, histories and cultural contents, launched an oral autobiography entitled as Memoirs Of Kao Chun-Ming.
Rev Kao’s memoirs is specially designated a book series number as “No. 200” in Avaguard Press’s publications to symbolize a unique status of Rev Kao’s outstanding contribution for Taiwan society and his faithful witness to PCT mission in Taiwan over a century.
Rev Ng Tiet-gan, director of PCT’s Research and Development Center, expressed that Rev Kao’s memoirs is a very important PCT asset. In order to let PCT members to learn what Rev Kao had served for Taiwan church and the public, PCT General Assembly will support the memoirs’ publication and deliver 1,500 copies of Rev Kao’s memoirs to local churches and related institutes.
Born at Tainan City in 1929, Rev Kao once served as the Principal of Yu-Shan Theological College & Seminary. He was put into jail over 4 years by KMT regime for hiding a political dissident – Mr Shih Ming-teh – in the famous Formosa Magazine Incident. He also help establish many charity organizations like PCT’s Pine Life (Senior Citizen) University, Happy Home Alliance in Taiwan and etc.
Translated by Peter Wolfe