To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the late President Yen Chia-kan's death, the Academia Historica, the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and the Late President C.K. Yen Memorial Association havejointly organized the "Founder of Taiwan's Economic Miracle” exhibition.
The memorial exhibition is divided into two major sections － "National Infrastructure” and "Family Life” － to introduce Yen's outstanding achievements and contributions to the nation from different angles.
The "National Infrastructure” section, which mainly focuses on Yen's career as a public servant, displays more than 230 precious documents, photos, and relics of Yen that include over 30 medals conferred by Taiwanese and foreign authorities.
The "Family Life” section reproduces the living room and study room of Yen's old residence to present Yen's home life from a lighter perspective, displaying the former president's desks, sofas, and personal collections.
Yen (1905~1993) was president of the Republic of China from 1975 to 1978. Born in central mainland China, Yen helped the late President Chiang Kai-shek re-establish the Nationalist Chinese government on Taiwan in 1949.
Heserved as economicminister, finance minister, premier and vice president. As the major economic policymaker in the 1950s and 1960s, Yen was credited with turning Taiwan from a poverty-stricken island into a flourishing global manufacturing center. When President Chiang died in 1975, Vice President Yen succeeded him. After completing the remaining three years of Chiang's term, however, he stepped aside in favor of Chiang's son, Chiang Ching-kuo.
For more information about the exhibition running till Jan. 5, 2014, please visit the website www.yatsen.gov.tw or call 02-2758-8008 ext. #545 or #546.