Fighting for Taiwan and liberty: Lin Rung San
By Paul Lin 林保華
Taipei Times 2015.12.15
I was devastated to learn of the passing of Lin Rung San (林榮三), the founder of the Liberty Times and the Taipei Times, on Nov. 28. The news had particular significance for me, as I have been a columnist for the paper he founded for about two decades.
In June 1996, the year before Hong Kong’s handover to China, Liberty Times Group chairman Wu A-ming (吳阿明) and Rick Chu (朱立熙), then head of the paper’s international section, visited me in Hong Kong. They wanted me to write a weekly column introducing and commenting on Hong Kong current affairs. I had been very worried that China would turn its attention to Taiwan after it had taken back Hong Kong and jumped at the chance to write for the Liberty Times.