Red Brick Daily

Former President Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) is a controversial figure, to say the least, and for many years, many have hoped to see money in Taiwan discontinue featuring his using his once-ubiquitous visage.

They might …MIGHT … get their wish after a move to replace C.K.S. with a local, late hero to the working poor of Kaohsiung hit a threshold.

The Taipei Times and Taiwan News report:

A petition to replace Republic of China founder Sun Yat-sen’s (孫中山) image on the NT$10 coin with that of philanthropist Chuang Chu Yu-nu (莊朱玉女) has collected more than 5,000 online signatures …

Chuang Chu was born in 1920 in Penghu County’s Baisha Township (白沙). After moving to Kaohsiung, she met a group of people from Baisha who worked at the docks unloading cargo. She allowed them to live in her warehouse and offered them free meals.

However, the expenses of preparing meals and accommodating the workers began to overwhelm her and she began charging each worker NT$1. The fee later rose to NT$3, then NT$10.

Over the course of more than 50 years, Chuang Chu sold seven houses to cover the expenses of caring for the dock workers and homeless people.”

“Chuang Chu Yu-nu(莊朱玉女), a woman who sold meals for NT$10 for decades to help low-income families, who passed away in February 2015.

(Chang Chu pictured in an undated file photo)

Chuang Chu laid out delicious dishes that she cooked herself. What impressed many was her decision to spend her own money for these buffet style meals. She covered all expenses, even selling seven houses to afford her charitable works.

After the loving grandmother passed away at the age of 96, her family decided to create a charity to continue her work for the poor. Everyone who was able to enjoy her meals expressed great gratitude and deep sorrow for her passing.”


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