Factual Corrections to good article on the Tzu Chi Foundation
Great article, though factually a little inaccurate.
I used to live in Hualien, so let me correct you on a couple points. To quote:
"Hualien on Taiwan’s east coast.... home to what is left of the country’s aboriginal population. The grey-granite city used to suffer from poor medical services"
1. the country's aboriginal population is spread all around the central mountains
and down the east coast of Taiwan. My wife belongs to the largest tribe.
2. As to poor medical services, that depends on your definition of "poor." Hualien
is a small city, so expecting it to meet the standards found in a major urban center
would be silly. The government has run a hospital in Hualien since 1909. As for
faith-based works, Tzu Chi was actually late to the game. About 100
years before Tzu Chi, various Christian missions (mostly Presbyterian) began
establishing medical clinics and hospitals around Taiwan. In the 1950s, the
Mennonites established a hospital in Hualien, which grew into a large teaching
hospital. You can check out their website at: http://www.mch.org.tw/english/index.asp
Finally, the article says the Taiwanese are not very religious. Wow! You obviously
never spent much time, here. I've lived in Taiwan for 17 years. The people may not
be fanatics with towels around their heads and bombs on their waists, but they are
definitely very religious. Everywhere you go are huge temples filled with idols and
people going in to burn "spirit money" and incense sticks.
Anyway, still a nice article on this foundation.