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A Case of Political Descent
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Wayne is too far removed from his controversial, larger-than-life great-grandfather to feel any sense of personal connection. But he still holds great respect and affection for his grandfather, despite the fact that the President never officially recognized Wayne or his father before his death in 1988.

“Of course, my great-grandfather, Chiang Kai-shek, was such a powerful man in mainland China and Taiwan. But from my perspective I think what my grandfather has done is most important, because he modernized Taiwan, made it a democratic country, ended martial law and created freedom of speech. I’ll always be proud of those accomplishments,” he says.

Despite these reforms, many Taiwanese still associate the name Chiang with bitter memories of the dictatorship that preceded Chiang Ching-kuo’s lifting of martial law in 1987. The Chiang family has been out of power since Chiang Ching-kuo’s death, and the opposing party coalition, Pan-Green, now controls Taiwan’s government. Nonetheless, John Chang officially changed his name and his children’s names to Chiang this past year to represent his acceptance of his Chiang heritage.
 
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