Taiwan Church News
8 – 14 May, 2017
Evangelist Tsai Yo-chuan, Taiwan Independence Guardian, Died At Age 67
Reported by Lin Yi-yin
Nicknamed as “The Locomotive of Taiwan Independence Movement”, Evangelist Tsai Yo-chuan, the former policy counselor of Presidential Office and an alumni of Tainan Theological College and Seminary(TTCS), died at age 67 due to a heart attack in the afternoon on 4 May 2017.
A funeral service, moderated by Rev Lyim Hong-tiong – General Secretary of PCT, is scheduled to be held in Taipei City Mortuary Services Office First Funeral Parlor at at 1:30 p.m. on May 15. President Tsai Ing-wen will attend this funeral service to pay her tribute and gave condolences to his families. In the morning 10:00 a.m. on May 22, a memorial service will also be held at the chapel of TTCS.
Born in August 1951, Evangelist Tsai Yo-chuan was remembered by the Taiwanese for his audaciousness to speak out for Taiwan Independence. He was charged by KMT regime with the crime of “being in preparation to take over the country” and sentenced to 11 years of jail, due to his approval to include an article of “Taiwan should be independent”, proposed by Mr Hsu Tsao-deh, into the organization charter during the first assembly of Association for Taiwan Political Prisoners And Their Families on August 30 in 1987.
To commemorate this brave guardian of Taiwan independence movement, many Tsai’s old friends and acquaintances will serve in the funeral service, including Elder Lee Seng-hsiung of Gi-Kong Presbyterian Church(host of service), Rev Chiu Chiong-wang(giving prayer), Elder Hwang Chao-huei of Deh-Sen Presbyterian Church(briefing Tsai’s life stories), TTCS Pastor Choir, Senior Citizen Choir of Gi-Kong Presbyterian Church, and Rev Chen Yu-chuan(blessing).
Translated by Peter Wolfe