The Taiwan Division, fueled by armed attacks, is also splitting my family.

After my parents got married, Yeh went to my ah-gong home in Taiwan to introduce himself.

Ah-gang – my mother’s father – refused to come to the door.

Yeh- my dad’s dad- a Orphan GreenOr someone from mainland China in the 1940s.

For ah-gong, Orphan Green They were oppressors who occupied his country, seized the best jobs, massacred civilians, and imprisoned those who spoke out against the government.

Even if he goes out, Ah-Gong Ye will not be able to express his annoyance.

Growing up under Japanese colonial rule, Ah-Gang was fluent in Japanese in addition to Taiwanese. Little Mandarin was talking. Yeh brought a friend to comment, but the words didn’t make a difference to my grandfather.

Since my grandparents were silently separated in 1970, Taiwan has transformed from a martial law “white terror” to a full-fledged democracy.

But China has become increasingly aggressive in its threat to occupy Taiwan, which it sees as part of its territory.

The people of Taiwan, along with their descendants, live in this climate Orphan Green – They have become more determined to defend the real independence of their island. It is common nowadays Waisheng Tradition but think of yourself as Taiwanese.

This month, the world became aware of this complex story when a gunman opened fire on a Taiwanese Presbyterian church in Laguna Woods, killing one and injuring five.

David Wenwei Chou, 68, is charged with murder and attempted murder Orphan Green And author of a seven-volume document entitled “The Diary of the Freedom-Destroying Angel.” He was evicted from a Las Vegas apartment he once owned, which seemed to be separate or divorced from his wife.

The exact combination of ideals and personal failures that would motivate someone to shoot the old Taiwanese-speaking church will never be known. But any deeply felt problem – abortion, immigration or war abroad – can lead to violence.

I understand that as a child of mixed marriage Waisheng– The Taiwan chapter that probably defined Chow’s life defined the lives of over 23 million people in Taiwan and the people around the world who have ties to the island, just as it describes my family’s life.

I understand why there are so many old people Orphan Green I feel like an outsider that their emotional attachment to China and their desire to one day reunite with the mainland has marginalized them.

Orphan Green – pronounced as ken-sheng-ren – literally means people outside the state. Taiwanese, who usually speak Taiwanese or Hakka dialect at home, sometimes Benshengren, Or the people of this province. There are 16 indigenous Austronesian-speaking tribes in Taiwan.

When I moved to Taiwan as a child, I knew my family was different. Ah-gong and ah-ma were speaking Taiwanese, which I did not understand. Yeye and Nainai’s Mandarin had a heavy accent, but if I listened carefully, I could understand the sound.

When I was 8 years old, mine Waisheng The grandparents lived in a two-story house with a large garden near the train station in Shinchu. Yei was operating the Sinchu branch of Bank of Taiwan and the house was owned by the bank.

Ah-Gong attended my parents’ wedding and often stopped his bike for Taiwanese snacks or fresh fish. He and Yeh loved to drink and Yeh would invite him to the party.

I thought Taiwan was made up of all kinds of people, just like my family.

I learned it later Orphan Green It was only 10% of the population – a percentage that decreased with the death of Chinese-born.

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My father was born in Zhejiang Province, China, in October 1945, shortly after the surrender of Japan. Her nickname in the family is “Shengli” – Victory. His family – Amar Yeh and Nainai – had been fleeing the invading Japanese army for years, selling gold bars to buy food.

Ye soon moved to Taiwan. After the island of Japan was returned to China, there were plenty of jobs for educated youth on the mainland – but not for Taiwan, which has no ties to the ruling elite. Many, like Ah-Gong, did not speak Mandarin, and the Japanese severely restricted their access to university.

Like the others Orphan GreenAfter defeating the Kuomintang Communists in Chiang Kai-shek, Ye went into exile in 1949 after retiring to Taiwan. Communication with the mainland is completely cut off. The Chiang government did not tolerate opposition and detained many Taiwanese and a few others. Orphan Green.

Yeh taught his children that China was their true motherland, even though they could not remember it. He wanted to return to Anhui Province to see his mother and take care of his family’s grave.

Taiwanese, like Ah-Gong, whose ancestors have been descended from Fujian Province or elsewhere for generations, did not feel connected to China. His children called him “Tochan” – meaning father in Japanese.

Orphan GreenHatred for Japan was deep. The invading Japanese drove them out of their homes. Many family members, such as Yeh, were killed by the Japanese. They are always suspicious of the Taiwanese, who have adopted not only the Japanese language but also some Japanese traditions.

The author’s parents, Bei-Do and Sho-Mei Chang, divorced in 1970.

(Cindy Chang)

My father’s youth was quite preserved in Taipei. Went to everyone-Waisheng Primary school in the capital. However, starting from secondary school, students were ranked according to their test results. My parents met in college and with their peers in physics – some Taiwanese, others Orphan Green – Stayed close year after year.

Despite marriage and friendship, many of this generation still identify with their ethnic identity.

In my 20’s, I lived in Taipei for a few years with my aunt, who was my father’s older sister. Whenever I mention a new friend, his first question is, “Is that you?” Orphan Green Or Taiwanese? “

He sometimes spoke racistly: “Taiwan’s homes are always dirty.”

Cut stereotypes both ways. My mother called Orphan Green He complains of “intolerance” and a sense of entitlement.

At 76, my dad is the youngest. Orphan Green Born in China. Although they grew up in Taiwan, there is no doubt about them – they are Chinese, not Taiwanese.

But China seems to be far from children and grandchildren Orphan Green Born on the island. The people of Taiwan increasingly see themselves as Taiwanese rather than the Chinese, and ultimately oppose an alliance with an authoritarian country that would suppress their cherished independence.

Separation of political parties in Taiwan is as widespread as red and blue, at least in the United States. Supporters of the hardline Kuomintang, who are more pro-mainland, are “deep blue” and supporters of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party are “dark green.”

For people of my parents’ generation, political affiliation often spread across ethnic lines. Politics is forbidden in group chats with my family friends.

Shortly after Tsai Ing-wen was elected President of the DPP in 2016, I was shocked to see his response when I told my father that I was going to visit Taiwan.

“Why do you want to go there?” “Not for people like us,” he said.

Four years later, I covered Sai’s re-election campaign for the Times. I brought this choice to dinner with my father’s family in Taipei. My cousin’s son switched to English and said, “I’ll talk about it later.”

He told me that he did not speak directly to his family in politics. Millennium and third generation Orphan GreenHe was such a strong supporter of the DPP that a few days later he celebrated Sai’s election victory in front of the party headquarters. I don’t think he told his parents or grandparents where he was going on election night.

I saw my family over the weekend after shooting at a church in Taiwan.

Of course we were all shocked. But in Hitman’s twisted mind, I wondered if his principles were somewhere like my father’s.

My father initially said he supported Taiwan’s independence, but many did Orphan Green I could not digest Taiwan’s friendship with Japan.

What will happen to many people who say they are not Taiwanese or Chinese? How can they not admit that they are Chinese? Complaint

It’s okay to say that your language and culture come from China, but still think of yourself as Taiwanese, I said.

My mother is usually quiet during my father’s political thoughts. What he says will provoke an argument that neither side will back down.

Various Taiwanese televisions are available on cable in Southern California. My family watches the news separately on different channels – somewhat like Fox News vs. CNN.

“Mom? Do you think you’re Chinese?” I asked.

He answered silently.

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