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Taiwan's 'Father of Prawn Farming' built an Asian industry

I Chiu Liao wins Nikkei Asia Prize for making a lavish seafood affordable

Professor I Chiu Liao is known as the "father of aquaculture in Asia." (Photo by Toshiyuki Kumagai)

TAIPEI -- I Chiu Liao might never have earned the moniker Taiwan gave him, "Father of Prawn Farming," had he not marked a poster of Chiang Kai-shek with a big "X."

Liao was indignant with Chiang, the "president" of Taiwan who never bothered with the democratic process. After being caught, Liao said, "I thought I would be sent to Green Island," a small island off Taiwan's east coast that served as a penal colony for political prisoners. Known as "Prison Island," it "reeducated" intellectuals and pro-democracy activists who protested the autocratic Chiang and his Kuomintang Chinese nationalists.

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