The Tainan Sprouts Association held a civic forum on "Localization of Transformational Justice", hoping to promote feasible solutions for transformational justice through the power of citizens' practice.

(Photo by reporter Hong Ruiqin)

[Reporter Hong Ruiqin/Tainan Report] When it comes to "transitional justice", it is often encountered that all parties have different interpretations and memories of past history, and even conflicts due to differences in mutual understanding. The Tainan Sprouts Association held today (3) "Localization of Transformational Justice" citizen forum invites scholars and citizens to share their views, hoping to think about action plans "from the bottom up" through deliberative democracy, discuss the practical significance and implementation methods of Taiwan's transformational justice project, and find each other to move forward together future direction.

Chen Cuilian, a professor of history at National Taiwan University, pointed out that Taiwan has been democratized for 20 to 30 years, but the ideology of the authoritarian era, the worship of the strongman, and "just live well in the economy and leave politics alone" are still universal social values. However, democratic politics should be Encourage participation in public affairs and care about politics. Taiwan's democratization process is a "quiet revolution" and has not properly cleaned up the legacy of authoritarian politics. This has led to a general lack of internalized thinking about basic concepts of democracy and the rule of law among the people. Not only is it not conducive to the development of democratic politics, It also caused the entanglement between the old values ​​and the new system. Therefore, the implementation of transitional justice is an inevitable process for Taiwan's civil society to transform from an authoritarian era to a democratic country.

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Wang Honglun, deputy director of the Institute of Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, said that transitional justice should not be just a dialogue between the stratosphere. While building a community of progressive thinking, the other half of the society should not be excluded. Insufficient, we need to recognize the complexity of history in order to support a more diverse discussion space where everyone can speak freely. Influential people come forward and have long-term and continuous dialogue with each other, so that it is possible to condense the common imagination of the future.

In response to the action plan proposed by citizens to change the street names such as "Zhongzheng" and "Zhongshan", Ye Zeshan, director of the Cultural Bureau of Tainan City, said that although the city government wants to do it, it lacks resources and energy in administration, and it must also consider what some people think is "disturbing the people." Mood.

Another question from the public is whether the city government will do transitional justice during the Japanese occupation period?

Ye Zeshan responded by referring to the recently completed site survey of "Yiwei Anti-Japanese War" and said that with the consent of the owner, he is willing to set up an explanatory board.

Huang Jianlong, chairman of the Tang Dezhang Memorial Association, said that changing the name of the road does not necessarily have to be named after a specific person. If Zhongzheng Road can be changed to Fucheng Avenue, it may increase the acceptance of the public; Instead, replace the ID card, household registration book and update the address on the document, so as to minimize the troubles in life and reduce administrative costs.

Zheng Zhumei, director of the Zheng Nanrong Foundation, shared her experience of checking state surveillance files two years ago. Every time she got some new files, she would have a different understanding of the whole picture of authoritarian politics.

The so-called "no memory without truth", but truth and memory are fluid, so citizens must continue to communicate in various ways. We have no right to be pessimistic about the promotion of transformational justice.