National Socialism Association

National Socialism Association

國家社會主義學會
AbbreviationNSA
FounderHsu Na-chi
Co-founderChao Lahn[1]
FoundedSeptember 2006 (2006-09)
NewspaperNational Socialism Biweekly
IdeologyTaiwanese ultranationalism
Neo-Nazism
Neo-fascism
Anti-communism
Political positionFar-right
ReligionConfucianism[1]
Slogan"One People, One Country, One Leader"
Legislative Yuan
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The National Socialism Association (NSA; Chinese: 國家社會主義學會; pinyin: Guójiā shèhuì zhǔyì xuéhuì) is a far-right political organization founded in Taiwan in September 2006 by Hsu Na-chi (Chinese: 許娜琦), at the time a 22-year-old female political science graduate of Soochow University. It is headquartered in Taipei.

History[]

In an interview with Apple Daily on 10 March 2007, Hsu claimed that she started researching the organization's ideology while she was studying in university. She founded the NSA because she believed in Nazism and was unhappy with the constant political struggle between the Kuomintang and the Democratic Progressive Party. The organization was registered as a public organization under Taiwanese law in September 2006. The Taiwanese government indicated that the establishment and existence of the NSA are protected by the country's constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and organization.

The NSA's first national meeting among members was held on 17 March 2007 in Taichung.

Membership[]

Initially, the NSA had 19 members. In March 2007, the NSA's official website claimed that the NSA had more than 760 members. After exposure in major media, the NSA claimed that membership had risen to over 1,400.[2] However in 2007, the core membership remained around 20.[3]

Ideology[]

The NSA idolizes Adolf Hitler and often uses the slogan "Long live Hitler!" while imitating the Nazi salute. This has brought condemnation from various Jewish human rights groups, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who condemned the NSA on 13 March 2007 for championing Hitler and blaming democracy for Taiwan's "social unrest".[4]

Co-founder Chao Lahn denied the NSA was racist or antisemitic, stating that the group's goal was "to foster greater nationalism in Taiwan". Emile Sheng, a municipal official in Taipei, commented on the creation of the NSA, saying, "People here [in Taiwan] don't really understand what Nazism is [...] They're not really racist or antisemitic. They don't even know what it means."[1]

References[]

  1. ^ a b c "Taiwan Students Launch Neo-Nazi Movement". Associated Press. Fox News. 14 March 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  2. ^ "納粹團否認尊希特勒 | 蘋果日報". Apply Daily (蘋果日報) (in Chinese). 18 March 2007. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ 林, 楠森 (March 22, 2007). 台學生納粹組織的思想根源 (in Chinese). BBC Chinese service. Retrieved February 12, 2015.
  4. ^ "Haaretz". Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. Retrieved 13 April 2018.