(The following appears on a plaque next to the photograph.)
Venue: Taipei Branch of the Taiwan Provincial Assembly
Ideas often unexpectedly spin the wheel of history.
After fifty years’ stagnation, “Democracy” and “Progress” were thrown like pebbles into Taiwan’s still political waters with the 1986 founding of the Democratic Progressive Party. The growing ripples from these ideas would rebuild Taiwan.
Living though they were in a repressive era, this young band’s high expectations for their country made them willing to sacrifice their own lives for their ideas.
This picture was taken after a secret Nov. 10th meeting of 18 DPP founders, a meeting held before the First National Congress was convened. Their serene expressions reflect the recognition that they had started down the road of democracy and progress. There was no turning back. The founders were ready to sacrifice all.
Name list (from right to left):
Frank / Hsieh Chang-ting