The 40th Anniversary of the Formosa Incident: A Pivotal Moment in Taiwan’s History

Starting with the February 28 incident and continuing through the White Terror period, a 38-year-long period of authoritarian rule and violent repression, the basic human rights were severely limited. The "party ban" restricted the people's freedom of association and the "report ban" restrained the people's freedom of speech. At that time, Taiwanese people successively fought against the KMT government for freedom and democracy.


Early1970s, Taiwan was facing severe diplomatic setbacks, at the same time was encountering the demands of its people for democratization, economic, and judicial reforms. The continuity of these actions, undoubtedly, led to the fast development of the political magazine.


In 1979, Formosa Magazine established and expanded branches and offices in every corner of the nation. The organization promoted both ethical values as well as information about reformation movements, earning it the moniker “a party without a party name”. It proposed three key demands for Taiwan’s democratic transition: the lifting of martial law, the re-election of congress, and the amendment of the Constitution.


Formosa Magazine’s appeal was an important driving force for Taiwan’s democratization during martial law. Its influence led to the promotion of democratic philosophy and it provided literature for examining the history and reflecting on the country’s future. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Kaohsiung Incident Conflict. By placing the exhibition at the historical site of the Kaohsiung Incident trials, allowing the visitors in reviewing how the spirit on the Formosa Movement and the Kaohsiung Incident was defined and shaped.

Exhibitions and events

What?! Why Me?!

Temporary exhibition at National Human Rights Museum until 13.12.2020

“Freedom of Speech” is a part of basic human rights, but during the period of martial law in Taiwan, there were more than thousands of imprisonment cases due to speech, text, or images. Under the “No...

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