Nearly ten years ago,
Dr. CHIANG MON-LIN was chosen to be the Chairman of a new government entity, created to
formulate and carry out a program of rural reconstruction in China. To this end, he and
his colleagues in the Chinese and American Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction
evolved a "formula" that has been notably successful.
On Taiwan, evidences of the JCRR's catalytic influence may readily he observed in
increased and improved agricultural production. Equally important, the JCRR has helped to
insure social justice through effective land reform and through organization of farmers to
process and market their produce, to maintain their own health clinics, their irrigation
canals and otherwise to enrich rural life.
Though the accomplishments of the JCRR are the work of more than one man or a few men,
Dr. CHIANG, as its Chairman, has provided a balance that has been vital to its success.
Formerly one of his country's leading educators, he brought to government service a broad,
humanitarian view that has contributed toward an unusual tolerance and flexibility and yet
a high degree of selectivity in the organization he has led.
Like Ramon Magsaysay, he has set for his associates a high standard of government
service. His yardstick for personal effort has been achievement of goals for the public
good rather than reward.
In naming CHIANG MON-LIN to receive the first Ramon Magsaysay Award for Government
Service, the Board of Trustees recognizes his distinguished leadership of the Chinese and
American Commission that has been largely instrumental in bringing about significant
improvements in the rural life of his countrymen.