President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday attended the memorial ceremony held in Longtan to pay tribute to Taiwan’s novelist Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政),96, who passed away at his home in Taoyuan on Saturday.
Tsai, who was accompanied by Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦), expressed her sadness and grief over Chung’s passing, saying that he initiated a literature movement. “He is not only a literary figure, but also one of the nation’s treasure,” she added.
Tsai came to pay her respects to Chung and his family in the pouring rain, saying that she had come on behalf of the nation to pay the highest tribute to Chung, a giant of Taiwanese culture.
Tsai said Chung had always treated her with the same affection and it was a great sadness to hear the news of his passing, saying that “the passing of the nonagenarian literati is a great loss to the nation’s literary circle.”