Category Archives: The History of Prison

[Story] Detention of Author Po Yang

 In 1994, the writer Po Yang came back to Oasis Villa. (photo by Liu Chen-hsiang)

A native of Henan Province in China, Po Yang’s name was made with his novel Alien City. For a long time he also authored a newspaper column in which he probed corruption, while at the same time providing the Chinese translation for the serialized comic strip, “Popeye the Sailor Man.” Pictured is the comic strip that appeared in early January 1968, whose dialogue the authorities regarded as an indirect attack on Chiang Kai-shek and his son. For “insulting the leader” and for having participated in the Democratic League thirty years before on the mainland, he was sentenced to 12 years. Having completed his sentence at Oasis Villa, he was then held further for thought reform at New Life Correction Centre to the east of Oasis Villa to continue his incarceration at the Green Island Reform and Reeducation Prison.

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[Story] Lin Shui-chuan

A court sentencing document hand copied in prison by a political inmate. This was in the 1950s, when many political prisoners did not receive their official court document. While in the New Life Correction Center, prisoners called on for delivery service would etch the text into a metal plate, and then the prisoner involved in the case would hide the printed result. Caught up in the 1964 National Youth Solidatity Promotion Association Case, Lin Shui-chuan, having failed to receive his sentencing document, copied it down in densely packed characters. (provided by Lin Shui-chuan, digital reproduction by Taiwan Art-in Design Company)



Ministry of National Defense Green Island Reform and Reeducation Prison (Oasis Villa) 1972-1987

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[Story] Uncrushable Rose - Yang Kui


Born in 1905 in Hsinhua, Tainan, and deeply influenced by the Chiaopanien Uprising of 1915, Yang Kui’s early years showed the ethnic consciousness of anti-Japanese resistance. Later he read old Russian and 19th-century English and French literary works of realism, which opened him up to the world. In the prime of life he was a novelist, but he also undertook all kinds of labor to put into practice his concern for “humanistic socialism.”

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