WAYFARING: PICTURING SELF AND SOCIETY AT THE END OF TAIWAN’S MARTIAL LAW – TAASA Review March 2022
Olivier Krischer and Shuxia Chen T he 1970s and 1980s marked a significant social and political transition in Taiwan, being the last decades of a 38-year-long period of martial law.
Taiwan’s martial law had extended from 1949, when Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang (KMT) government retreated to Taiwan following their loss in the Chinese Civil War, until its official lifting in 1987.
In 1949, Taiwan had only just begun to emerge from 50 years of Japanese colonisation (18951945), and it is in this context that martial law solidified the KMT’s authoritarian rule, curtailing political opposition and restricting local cultural identities. Body and Soul Series – 4, Kao Chung-Li, 1985, 34 x 51 cm...