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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956 - File 052. 1956-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1609/show/1591.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date October 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript 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 near Foochow. 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 Page 50 pathetically eager to learn, to talk, to discuss. Ancl this from a population that is considered 80 per cent pro- Communist! 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*' ready available. 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 ■r, J0*
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