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Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan; Interview with Chen Chu, Part 2 of 3

Part of Stories of East and South East Asia.

Warning: this record contains description of violence, abuse, human-rights abuses that may be disturbing to viewers. Interview with Chen Chu. Question 15. You said to us, "I thought, if even Lin Yi-hsiung arrested, Tangwei almost finished." What did you mean by that? Question 16. Lin Yi-hsiung describes terrible, sadistic torture after his arrest. Were you and the others also mistreated so badly? Question 17. Question about response to news of Lin Yi-hsiung's mother and daughters. Question 18. Can you describe for us the trial, the government's use of the forced confessions, and how you reacted? Government use of forced confession? How react? Why Kaohsiung turning point? Question 23. Question about Chiang Ching-kuo’s decision to lift martial law. Committed to democracy? Problem of secret police involvement. Airplane noise at end. Question 25. Why did the Tangwei members decide to form an actual political party in September 1986? Question 26 STILL IN JAIL? Could you describe that evening, when you announced the formation of the DPP (Democratic Progressive Party) at the Grand Hotel? How did the government react? Question 26. Mistake? Question 28. In this period several in the opposition turned to violent tactics to protest the continued presence of these elderly legislators. Could you describe these tactics for us? How much effect did they have in getting the KMT (Kuomingtang, or Nationalist Party) policy changed? Question 29. Question about KMT (Kuomingtang, or Nationalist Party) shifting language to one China, but both the ROC (Republic of China) and the PRC (People's Republic of China) were equal parts of it.

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Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan

Interview with Chen Chu, Part 2 of 3

Program Description

Weaving personal testimonies with rare archival film, this documentary examines the forces that have shaped the past and present of the tiny island 90 miles off the shores of China -- forces that continue to make Taiwan vulnerable to major power confrontations in the near future. The rare footage -- carefully stored and preserved over the years in a major film archive in Taiwan -- is a critical element of this program, which begins in 1895 as the Sino-Japanese war was ending in victory for Japan.



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Raw Footage

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Legal System - Human Rights Law
Social Issues - Violence
Politics and Government
Global Affairs
Vecchione, Judith (Producer)
Wren, Deborah (Narrator)
Chu, Chen (Interviewee)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
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