Xu Wenlong (left), the founder of Taiwan Chimei Group, passed away on November 18, 2023. The Chimei Museum he founded contains the stories of his dreams from childhood to old age. (Courtesy of Chimei Museum)
[The Epoch Times, November 18, 2023](Epoch Times reporter Zhong Yuan Taiwan reported) Xu Wenlong, the founder of Taiwan’s Chimei Group, passed away today (18th) at the age of 95. President Tsai Ing-wen and Vice President Lai Qingde of the Republic of China expressed their deep condolences and condolences. Xu Wenlong was suppressed by the CCP during his lifetime because of his career in mainland China.
Xu Wenlong (February 25, 1928 – November 18, 2023), a native of Tainan, Taiwan, founded Chimei Industrial, Chimei Hospital and Chimei Museum. Chimei Industrial has its own business philosophy. Xu Wenlong believes that family health comes first and career comes second. The purpose of people making money is to pursue happiness and well-being; making money itself is not the end. Chimei upholds the same belief and seeks to maximize people’s happiness in life, rather than pursuing the highest corporate profits.
Xu Wenlong is best known for founding the Chimei Museum, which is famous for its famous piano collection. In addition to display, each piano is open to students and international competition participants for one-year loan. The Chinese-American cellist Yo-Yo Ma also participated in the exhibition in 1999. Years of help. Chimei Museum’s collection of exhibits mainly focuses on five categories: Western paintings, sculptures, musical instruments, weapons, and natural history. In 2018, it was named “The 19th Best Museum in Asia.”
During the tenure of former President Chen Shui-bian of the Republic of China, the CCP passed the Anti-Secession Law in 2005. Xu Wenlong, who had long been considered a strong local character, suddenly issued a retirement statement and also emphasized that Taiwan and mainland China both belong to “one China”. At that time, the Chinese Communist Party imposed tax inspections on Chimei and forced Xu Wenlong to submit.
Lai Ching-de, who served as the Secretary-General of the Democratic Progressive Party Caucus of the Legislative Yuan at the time, believed that the CCP’s passage of the Anti-Secession Law had unilaterally changed the status quo across the Taiwan Strait and diminished Taiwan’s sovereignty. He did not believe that Xu Wenlong had changed his political beliefs, but Xu Wenlong was worried that Chi Mei Enterprises would encounter difficulties in developing in China. He pointed out that even Xu Wenlong talked about “one China” and had to bow his head, which showed that the anti-secession law had a chilling effect on Taiwanese businessmen and that the opposition parties should no longer naively believe in the CCP’s claims.
Lin Yuchan, spokesperson of the Presidential Office of the Republic of China, said today that Xu Wenlong is an internationally renowned entrepreneur. The Chimei Industrial Co., Ltd. he founded is even known as a happy enterprise. After his retirement, Xu Wenlong has devoted himself to social welfare for a long time, vigorously promoted the development of Taiwan’s art and culture, and loves culture. The spirit of dedication to the countryside, the countryside, and social welfare is admirable and grateful.
DPP spokesperson Lin Chuyin said that party chairman Lai Qingde expressed deep condolences and respect for the death of Xu Wenlong, and asked the family to express their condolences and accept the change.
Lin Jialong, secretary-general of the Presidential Office of the Republic of China, posted on Facebook today that Xu Wenlong is the uncle of his wife Liao Wanru. Xu Wenlong, who loves fishing, attaches great importance to the harmonious coexistence between people and the environment. He once met with Xu Wenlong several times a week. The conversation ranged from history, fishing to violin, Chimei culture, industrial economy, and government reform. He could talk about astronomy and geography, the Age of Discovery, and ecology and values.
Lin Jialong pointed out that because of his insight, culture is the true pride and dignity of a nation. Xu Wenlong once said, “Artworks are the common assets of human culture and cannot be privately owned. The collector’s money only buys a part of the rights, but he has an even greater obligation to preserve them properly.” , passed on to future generations.”
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