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On February 27th, 1947 a Tobacco Monopoly Bureau enforcement team confiscated the cigarettes from a 40-year old widow Lin Jiang-mai in Taipei. As Lin demanded her cigarettes back, she was beaten and injured by the Tobacco Monopoly Bureau enforcers

The next day, crowds gathered outside the Governor General’s office demanding justice. Security forces fired into the crowds killing several people. The incident is known as the “2.28 Incident”. In the months to come, Chiang Kai-shek sent troops from the mainland to crack down the protests across Taiwan. Thousands of innocent people were killed and martial law was declared. The “2.28 Incident” became the genesis of a broader Taiwanese identity – an identity that sees the mainlanders as “outsiders” or “alien rulers”


 “2.28 Incident”. In the months to come, Chiang Kai-shek sent troops from the mainland to crack down the protests across Taiwan. Thousands of innocent people were killed and martial law was declared. The “2.28 Incident” became the genesis of a broader Taiwanese identity – an identity that sees the mainlanders as “outsiders” or “alien rulers”

Shih, C.-f., & Chen, M. (2010). TAIWANESE IDENTITY AND THE MEMORIES OF 2-28: A CASE FOR POLITICAL RECONCILIATION. Asian Perspective, 34(4), 85-113. 

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