Tsai Ing-wen, a lawyer and the first female president of Taiwan, is committed to the cause of democratic freedom, fighting social injustice, supporting the LGBT community and improving the lives of Taiwan’s youth. Tsai set up a reconciliation commission to investigate the human rights abuses that occurred in Taiwan over 40 years of military rule. During her most recent inaugural speech, Tsai vowed to make her country “a staunch guardian of peace”.
Illustration by Albert Chang
Much of Taiwan’s traditional artforms are influenced by the styles of mainland China and Japan. This portrait draws from the timeless ink-wash, or literati, paintings that have been deep rooted in asian history for centuries. Surrounding Tsai Ing-Wen’s portrait are morning glories, indigenous flowers and a symbol for a “new renaissance.”
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