Writings, correspondence, and photographs, relating to political dissent and advocacy of democracy and human rights in Taiwan.
Includes correspondence with political prisoners and photographs of political demonstrations.
Tian was a Japanese-educated physician known for his efforts in promoting Taiwan's democracy, human rights, and political
independence. An eyewitness to the bloody incident of February 1947, when the Chinese Nationalist government violently suppressed
an antigovernment uprising in Taiwan, as well as to the ensuing martial law of Taiwan under the Chinese Nationalist Party
(KMT), Tian never was at ease with authority. A lone dissident in the face of Kuomintang authoritarian rule in Taiwan, he
became one of the pioneers in the Democratic Progressive Party, the ruling party of Taiwan between 2000 and 2008.
5 manuscript boxes
(2.0 linear feet)
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