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Pain Still Runs Deep as Taiwan Marks 30 Years Since Martial Law
Official records state around 140,000 people were tried by military courts with as many as 8,000 executed during the 38-year crackdown. Many believe the actual numbers are higher.
On the Front Lines of Taiwan's History in Kinmen
Once the focal point of hostilities between China and Taiwan, the Kinmen archipelago has evolved into a fascinating tourist destination.
2017/05/25 | Shannon Lin
Re-Imagining the Formosan Flag: Taiwan's First Appeal for International Help
'The difference between the two tigers is hidden in their eyes; the obverse side has undilated pupils while the reverse has dilated ones. Researchers believe this contrast is a metaphor for day and night, symbolizing constant vigilance.'
2017/05/17 | ZiQing Low
Remembering Green Island’s First Political Prisoners
Today marks 66 years since the first group of political prisoners were taken to Taiwan’s Green Island.
2017/05/10 | Jenna Cody
OPINION: Don’t Delete the Generalissimo, Contextualize Him
'His legacy ought to be studied and analyzed, if only to remember the horrors and agonies of the history of this island nation, and to educate ourselves on the importance of avoiding a backslide into totalitarianism.'
2017/05/09 | Adam Hatch
OPINION: Deleting the Generalissimo from Taiwan is the Wrong Move
'Chiang Kai-shek was the greatest single fighter of the CCP, bar none. He also led China through one of the darkest periods of its history, including a brutal war with Japan and two periods of civil war, which wrapped together were a central part of the greatest conflict in human history.'
2017/05/06 | Matthew Geason
OPINION: Deleting the Generalissimo from Taiwan is the Right Move
'For those who believe that this debate was laid to rest, recall that if there was severance with the past, there would be no need for a truth and reconciliation commission,' argues Matthew Geason.
2017/04/26 | Jeremy Olivier
Re-Evaluating the Legacy of Chiang Ching-kuo
Tomorrow marks the 107th anniversary of Chiang Ching-kuo’s birth. Jeremy Olivier questions whether the Generalissimo’s son was really the great initiator of democratic change so many politicians and academics like to say he was.
2017/03/23 | James Baron
Airbrushing Taiwan’s History: Can Japanese Colonialism Ever Be Justified?
'Amazingly,' wrote Kaori Shoji, 'Taiwan is the one country where the Japanese imperialists managed to do more good than harm.'
Troubled Waters: China Seeks Return to Vassal States in the South China Sea
A look at how China's past affects its current stance on maritime disputes in the South China Sea.
2017/02/28 | James Baron
Ghosts of the Stronato: Asunción's Taiwanese Expats a Dying Breed
In 1986 the Taiwan leader was granted his own effigy in Paraguay's capital. But what of Taiwan's expats in Paraguay today?
2017/02/28 | TNL Staff
Pizza Hut and Politics Detract from Somber Day in Taiwan
For many in Taiwan, February 28 is a day to reflect on the country’s brutal history, but the somber occasion has been marred by distractions this year.