Taiwan History

Taiwan has a rich and often times confusing history. Here are a couple of major events listed in chronological order where we hope can diffuse the confusion.

228 Massacre

228 also known as the February 28 Massacre occurred in 1947 where the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) led government of the Republic of China (ROC) violently suppressed an anti government uprising in Taiwan.    Background: What was causing the tension leading up to 228? From 1895 to 1945 Taiwan was ruled by Japan. Japan developed … Continue reading 228 Massacre

Republic of China

The Republic of China (ROC) and Taiwan are practically synonymous today, with the ROC being the official name of the government of Taiwan, but this wasn’t always the case. As the name suggests, the ROC used to be the government of China, based in Nanjing. As an example for the difference of history between Taiwan … Continue reading Republic of China

Martial Law

It was declared a “watershed moment in its democratization”, but there was no jubilation or dancing in the streets. The Nationalists Kuomintang (KMT) still had a strangle hold on Taiwan’s political system, but this was the beginning of political liberalization and the roots of Taiwanization. When was Taiwan’s martial law? Martial law ran from 1949 to … Continue reading Martial Law