Taiwan’s presidential election will take place on January 11, 2020, and, in order to encourage participation, Taiwanese netizens have started a poster design challenge through the hashtag #GraphicDesignForDemocracy.
Through the posters, people can take a closer look into the country’s political history and the significance of democracy for Taiwanese people who lived under martial law (1949-1987) and white terror (1947-1990) for more than 40 years under the Kuomingtang-led government of the Republic of China (ROC), which fled to the island of Taiwan after it was defeated in 1949 by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Chinese Civil War.
The Taiwanese only gained their right to vote for Legislative Yuan in 1992 and for president in 1996 after decades of struggle under military dictatorship.
The 2020 presidential seat will be contested by incumbent president Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who is running for a second term, and Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomingtang (KMT), who sees the controversial One-China Consensus favorably.
The organizers began releasing the submitted posters on 22 of December. Below are five posters that reflect the Taiwanese’s aspirations for democracy.
View posters here: