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Failed Assassin of Chiang Ching-kuo Receives NCCU Outstanding Alumnus Award


Failed Assassin of Chiang Ching-kuo Receives NCCU Outstanding Alumnus Award

Source: Taipei newspapers     May 18, 2012 

This year marks the 85 anniversary of the founding of National Chengchi University (NCCU). This year, for the first time, the NCCU handed out awards to outstanding alumni. However, many people were surprised to see that Peter Huang (黃文雄), who attempted to assassinate then Vice Premier Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) in New York on April 24, 1970, appeared on the NCCU’s “Outstanding Alumni List.” Huang graduated from NCCU with a major in journalism in 1961.   

NCCU president Wu Se-hwa (吳思華) said that each outstanding alumnus was the choice of each NCCU Department and every outstanding alumnus was a role model for NCCU students and faculty, so the university fully respected the decision of each Department.   

Following his graduation from the Department of Journalism, NCCU, in 1961, Huang went to the US for further studies. He attempted to assassinate then Vice Premier Chiang Ching-kuo, who was on a visit to New York in April, 1970, by firing a pistol at him at close range. It was later dubbed “4/24 Chiang Assassination Attempt Incident.” 

Huang said that he wanted to kill Chiang because he wanted to prevent then Vice Premier Chiang Ching-kuo from taking power from his father, then President Chiang Kai-shek. The news of Huang’s failed assassination attempt on Chiang in the US splashed across the front pages of all major newspapers around the world. Huang and his accomplice Andy Cheng (鄭自才) were arrested by the police. After 26 years of exile overseas, he slipped across the border and returned to Taiwan. Huang was also the last person on the government’s blacklist who was finally allowed to return to Taiwan. 
Huang, now 75, used to serve as president of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights (台灣人權促進會). Now, he is chairman of The Peacetime Foundation of Taiwan (台灣促進和平基金, PFT). In an interview with the media yesterday, he said, “There is not much time left in my life. I only hope that I can make the best use of every second and minute on something that is meaningful for Taiwanese.”
Lin Yuan-hui (林元輝), chair of NCCU’s Department of Journalism, said, “Huang can be said to be the most important human rights fighter in this country. The fact that Taiwan’s society can enjoy freedom now is the result of Huang and other human rights pioneers risking their lives. Therefore, Huang was chosen as one of the NCCU outstanding alumni for 2012, a practice that started this year. He definitely deserves the title.”     

Lin added, “The Department of Journalism has a long history. Many alumni deserve to be nominated. Originally, the Journalism Department recommended three alumni, but the other two declined the awards. Finally, Huang was chosen as our outstanding alumnus.”    

【Editor’s Note: A crime is a crime. The failed assassination attempt on late President Chiang Ching-kuo in New York on April 24, 1970, could not be justified by saying that the assassination was against an institution, not against the individual, just like Al-Qaeda’s destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Centers in New York could not be justified by saying it was against US policies, not against humanity. It would be unthinkable for the alma mater of the Al-Qaeda terrorists to honor them as outstanding alumni.】

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