Remembering her life, her heroism during the 1947 uprising, and the legacy of the communist movement in Taiwan
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By: Antonia Finnane, The Conversation
Every so often a woman takes up arms to lead a spirited struggle against invaders and occupiers of her
homeland. Such women usually wind up dead at an early age, but they capture the imagination. The most famous example in British history is Boudica, aka Boedicea; in French history, it is Joan of Arc.
The Taiwanese revolutionary Hsieh Hsueh-hung (謝雪紅) is such a figure, although like most aspects of Taiwan’s history her significance is contested. Born in Taiwan, buried in Beijing, Hsieh was a communist and also an advocate of Taiwanese self-determination. In the history of world communism she is noted for being one of the founders of the Taiwanese Communist Party, established in 1928.
In the annals of the Taiwan independence movement, Hsieh has emerged as a heroine of the 1947 uprising, now the subject of an annual commemoration held in Taiwan on Feb. 28. In 1948 she founded the Taiwan Democratic Self-Government Alliance.
Hsieh Hsueh-hung’s fate – in life and in death – was determined by the shifts in attitude towards Taiwanese independence on the part of ruling powers, and by the status of its local left-wing movements. To some degree, she is not so much a woman hidden in history as one rendered visible by it. [FULL STORY]