Hidden women of history: Hsieh Hsüeh-hung, communist champion of Taiwanese self-determination

Bon Bon Lifestyle Webazine

By Antonia Finnane, University of Melbourne, In this series, we look at under-acknowledged women through the ages.

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.

Hsieh Hsüeh-hung

Hsieh Hsüeh-hung and her partner in life and politics Yang K?o-huang in Beijing, 1949. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Taiwanese revolutionary Hsieh Hsüeh-hung (1901-1970) 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…

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