It’s Mother’s Day in the US this weekend, so I thought I would re-post a cool photo of my mom and grandma.
This was taken in 1965 in Taiwan. My mom and grandparents traveled there after they met up in Japan, where my mom taught for a year.
When I think of Taiwan, it’s usually the events that followed the 1949 flight from the mainland. But the island has such a rich history before Chiang Kai-shek and the KMT fled to what used to be called Formosa.
Several years ago I found a postcard my grandparents had written on that trip to my grandfather’s mother.
My grandfather referred to the island not as Taiwan or Formosa, but as Free China.