New power plant on Formosa
he can sell his rice on a relatively free
market and receive a good price. The
unpleasant truth is that most of Asia
is not ready for nor interested in
democracy as xve know it. But Asia is
interested in food, housing, clothing,
and a chance to live a decent life.
There are two important questions
to be answered. Will the people of
Southeast Asia, isolated from the truth
and already far along the neutral path
to communism, listen? And how can
the story get through?
Proof That Asia Will Listen
The answer to the first question is
a resounding affirmative. A few months
ago, while traveling in North Borneo, I
visited Sareiki, in Sarawak. This area
is heavily populated by Chinese from
Foochow, on the China coast directly
east of Formosa. The Sarawak Chinese
still speak the Foochow dialect, which
also happens to be the language I
learned as a child, for I, too, was born
When it was known that I was in
Sareiki, a large group of Chinese asked
for an opportunity to meet and greet
me. We met in the home of a missionary, and soon I found myself reporting
on my travels ancl observations in the
Far East. I spoke of Japan, Korea, Formosa, and Red China. Then began the
questions, hesitant at first, then eager.
There were epiestions about Formosa,
about the Nationalist government,
about Quemoy Island. For five hours
I answered questions from a people
pathetically eager to learn, to talk, to
discuss. Ancl this from a population
that is considered 80 per cent pro-
In January I was engaged by Donald Moore, the intensely anti-Communist Englishman who operates a publishing business anel lecture bureau in
Singapore, to speak in that city. I
selected as my topic the story of Formosa and the offshore islands. I had
been warned there was a small element of clanger in my appearance, that
there had never been a public lecture
critical of Red China, ancl that at the
least I could expect violent heckling.
Those who were known Reds were
pointed out beforehand; I was warned
that in the question period I could expect trouble.
In preparation I had spent hours
gathering facts and figures, ancl I had
these at my fingertips. And in seven
years of lecturing I have never bad a
more rapt audience. There was not
one attempt at heckling — only one
very feeble attempt to trap me in a
question — ancl xvhen I finished there
was an ovation.
Strongly Favorable Response
All the next clay Chinese telephoned
me at my hotel, expressing pathetic
thanks for what I had said, asking if I
could not stay longer in order to meet
with other groups. And Singapore, it
must be remembered, is a city which
has he-en virtually under Communist
control for two years, a city where
brutal murders and blackmail have
been a frequent weapon of the Reds.
In the past year I have traveled
around the periphery of Communist
Asia from the borders of North Korea
to Kalimpong, trade city on the Indo-
Tibetan frontier. In all places where
there are Chinese I found people- cage'
to listen, and full of epiestions. Even i"
India, which suffers from national
mental claustrophobia, I found those
who xeill listen. Ancl while they may
not go away convinced, they at least
leave with a troubled mind and conscience.
There can be no doubt that the
overseas Chinese are eager to knov*
the truth. For them, Formosa and
Free China can be made into a vital
anel important symbol, a constant reminder that there is a China that Is
not enslaved. And through these vast
overseas Chinese communities it wil
be possible to gene-rate Rodney Gm
belt's "organized expression" of hostility ancl contempt for Red China and
all that it stands for.
But how can this antidote be applied to people surrounded by hostile
authority and a captive press? Agai"
Rodney Gilbert gives a clue- when "e
suggests that a small amount of money
can finance the effective anti-ComrnU'
nist campaign needed. In fact the
organization, ex-en the money, is a*'
USIS Could Tell Free China Story
The Unite-el States Information Service maintains a dozen offices in Souf'
east Asia. Unfortunately, the reput*1'
tion of L'SIS has fallen'to such ale*
point in some places that anx'th'1*
coming from it immediately I"5'*
value. But there are ways USIS, won*'
ing with anti-Communist groups, ca
tell the story.
USIS has produced hundreds **.
documentary motion pictures, most*'
which are worthless. But on the- isk""
of Formosa there are stories fe'r
dozen top-flight documentaries, 61,
that can do wonders in Southeast AS**
One title, merely showing what F°
mosa is like, placing emphasis on t^
lush crops, the markets filled sV
healthy people, buying from gre-
piles of vegetables and fruits, ft°
meat stalls filled with pork, would "
worth all the millions USIS is i**
rently spending on more glaniof-'1
projects. Another film, merely show™
the life- of a typical Formosan Ian"' e
who owns his land ancl his home, cO<"
be equally effective.
Facts Foiuxi News, Octobc