Dec. 8, 2022

S2-E36 - Annette Lu – from Prison to the Presidential Office

S2-E36 - Annette Lu – from Prison to the Presidential Office

A fighter for women's rights, human rights, freedom of speech, and democracy, you can disagree with Annette Lu's politics (or with some of her very controversial comments) ...but you can't deny the impact this outspoken woman has had on Taiwanese society and history. Here's the story of how the daughter of a poor shopkeeper went from legislator, to Magistrate of Taoyuan, and finally, Vice-President of the Republic of China (Taiwan).

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Cover images: Left - Annette Lu 呂秀蓮, is escorted to court by police officers following her role in a 1979 pro-democracy rally. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison and served over 5 years. Right - Annette Lu 呂秀蓮 waves to the crowds after being sworn in as the Vice-President of the Republic of China (2000)

Cover images via BBC Chinese / UDN

Below: Lu as a student / Lu as ROC Vice-President 

Below: Lu speaking in Kaohsiung on the night of theKaohsiung Incident, December 10, 1979.

Via University of Washington Press Blog

Below: Annette Lu Hsiu-lien (呂秀蓮Lǚ Xiùlián)stands with fellow defendants on trial following the Kaohsiung Incident (March-April 1980)

Below: The cover of Annette Lu's memoir:

Book review from the Taipei Times HERE.


Also mentioned in the episode:

Two Countries: My Taiwanese American Immigrant Story:by Li-pei Wu