Former Taiwan Vice President Annette Lu Hsiu-lien visited the University of Washington on Friday, April 5, giving a lecture entitled, “A New Perspective on the Asia Pacific.” Her talk covered issues including the disputed island territory claimed by Taiwan, Japan, and China, as well as new strategies for improving foreign relations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Lu rose to prominence as the founder of a feminist movement in Taiwan. On December 10, 1979, she delivered a speech at an International Human Rights Day rally (known as the “Kaohsiung Incident”) and charged with “violent sedition” and sentenced to prison by a military court. Lu was released in 1985 after 1,933 days of imprisonment. (end)