Few feelings hurt in latest incident involving a statue


The China Post

By Joseph Yeh — After a spate of recent beheadings, a concerned netizen has decided to ease the nerves of Taiwan’s statue community — by giving Canadian missionary George Leslie Mackay a free Starbucks.

A photograph showing the statue sipping happily on an iced beverage has gone viral over the past days. The statue of Mackay was installed at Tamsui District’s Golden Shore in 2007. The site marks the spot where Mackay first landed in Tamsui in 1871. The bronze statue, situated between the Tamsui MRT station and the ferry pier,shows Mackay on one knee with his hand hands in the prayer position. And Canda’s de facto ambassador to Taiwan Mario Ste-Marie was quick to express his gratitude to whoever helped the renowned doctor cool off, saying in a statement: “thank you so much for appreciating Dr. Mackay’s hard work in Taiwan and treating him with a nice cold drink!!!” “Dr. Mackay was an important figure in launching the relationship between Canada and Taiwan 145 years ago,” the statement read, adding “we are always glad to know that Taiwanese friends still keep him in mind. If fact, many Taiwanese were born in the hospital he founded and educated in the schools he founded.”

Mackay, a physician, lived in Taiwan until he died from throat cancer in 1901, by which time his reputation for selfless dedication to Taiwan was well established. He offered free medical treatment as part of his missionary work before founding the first Western medical center in northern Taiwan in 1880, the Mackay Hospital. The hospital was relocated to Taipei in 1911 and renamed the Mackay Memorial Hospital. He also established churches and schools and is widely remembered around the island for his contributions.