Taipei Air Station - 1966 - - - " What you have in the end are memories"......... Photo Courtesy of Richard Reesh.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

China Post Newspaper

One of the local Taipei English Language newspapers, The China Post, recently changed ownership.

The new owners announced a few days ago that the newspaper's print edition would be closed in mid-May 2017. 
Here's the Taipei Times article on the China Post announcement: 

Reading the news of the print closure was a shock.  

I enjoy reading the newspaper.  Usually scan each page of the paper, then go back and read those articles of interest, then move on page by page, through the paper.  I find many articles of interest that are difficult to find in the on-line editions of the newspaper, unless they have the readable on-line copy of print edition.

Just about everyday during my tour in Taiwan, I would spend 2 NT dollars, the small paper dollars at the time, to purchase the China Post, and I would pick-up a Stars and Stripes from the coin stand or the counter at the club, and read through both while having a meal, usually at one of the military clubs.

If I couldn't find a newspaper seller on the street, I would sometimes go to the newspaper's office to get a copy. 

The paper's press and office was a few blocks from the HSA Compound.

The good news, The China Post will continue to publish on-line.

I want to remember here, the steadfastness of the original owner's and publisher's, Mr. and Mrs. Y. P. Huang, who had the courage to open the China Post in the early 1950s.

Before the China Post, the only hard-copy "local news" available were typed carbon copies of wire stories and local news, gathered by, "China News" who ever they were.

Courtesy Alice Winans, circa 1952. 

Looking back in my files, the oldest story from the China Post I could locate in my computer was an article we recently discussed in this blog.

After reading the article, perhaps you remember something about the circumstances or something that could be of help in determining what really happened to the aircraft, passengers and crew discussed in this story.

Please write to us at

The China Post story, 3 October 1958.

Another favorite is gone!


titojohn said...
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titojohn said...

Here's my China Post story:

I lived in the Signal Compound barracks for several months in 1965/66. There was a guy called Peter Wu that sold subscriptions to the China Post. He would come around the barracks almost daily and would start up conversations with anyone that would listen to him.

The word on the street was that Peter Wu actually worked for some faction ROC intelligence, and that his real job was to find out what we were up to. I don't know if what we thought about Peter Wu was true or not. But, I still believe that there was something strange about him and his activities. He lived well beyond his means a a mere seller of China Post subscriptions, although he was always trying to get one of us guys to take him to the FASD mess hall for lunch.

John Quinn

Anonymous said...

Foshing airlines just folded last year with a number of the fatal crushes. The original funder is still very strong living in San Francisco (i think he is about 105). He was the one of the firt Chinese pilots working for the China Air (?), the earliest airlines in China jointedly invested by the Chinese and Americans in 1930's. He was one of the pilots flew so many times over the "humps". The flight in the article later proved to be shot down by the Communist Chinese air force after it tred without success to maneuver out of the attack....

Anonymous said...

The missing PBY's propeller was discovered by a fishing boat in 2014. Its real fate couldn't be determined.