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Beyond Formosa Betrayed Seminar - September 25, 2009

On September 25, 2009, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) along with the Formosa Foundation, the Professor Chen Wen-Chen Memorial Foundation and the Formosan Association for Human Rights co-hosted a seminar, "Beyond Formosa Betrayed", in the National Press Club in Washington, DC. 

The seminar took the Hollywood movie "Formosa Betrayed" (, as its starting point. The movie depicts events in the early 1980s during the era most critical to Taiwan's democratization.  The film presents Taiwan's unique political perspective and provides a broader audience with an opportunity to get a glimpse of the human story behind Taiwan's struggle for democracy and identity on the world stage.
Speakers on the first panel of the seminar reviewed the history of Taiwan's transition to democracy, drawing from their own experience, and what role they themselves played in U.S.-Taiwan relations and in Taiwan's democratization process.  Speakers on the second panel addressed Taiwan's truth and reconciliation efforts (or lack thereof) and its implications for Taiwan today.

Panel I : Taiwan's Transition to Democracy: The History 

(Listen to the speakers' presentation by clicking on the speaker's name.)

Opening remarks: Bob Yang (FAPA)

Moderator: Gerrit van der Wees (FAPA)

Panel II: Implication for Today: Towards Truth and Reconciliation in Taiwan

Moderator: Terri Giles (The Formosa Foundation)

Questions and Answers and Closing Remarks: Bob Yang (FAPA)


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