Photo of Annette Lu by David Reid

Lu Hsiu-lien (Annette Lu), vice president of Taiwan from 2000 to 2008, will discuss her new autobiography, with Ashley Esarey, My Fight for a New Taiwan: One Woman's Journey from Prison to Power, at Pomona College on Thursday, April 17, from 12 – 1 p.m., in the Frank Blue Room (260 E. Bonita Avenue, Claremont).

The election in 2000 of Democratic Progressive Party leader Chen Shui-bian to the presidency, with Lu as his vice president, ended more than 50 years of rule by the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party). Through her successive drives for gender equality, human rights, political reform, Taiwan independence, and currently, environmental protection, Lu has played a key role in the political transition of the Republic of China. A feminist leader and pro-democracy advocate, she was imprisoned for five years in the 1980s.

Lu is a graduate of National Taiwan University, the University of Illinois and Harvard Law School. She was vice president of the Republic of China from 2000 to 2008 and currently is president of Green 21 Taiwan Alliance. She is a member of the Democratic Progressive Party and an advocate of Taiwan's Independence.

For more information on the event, which is free of charge, contact the Pomona College Pacific Basin Institute (PBI) at 909-607-8035 or by email at The event is sponsored by PBI, History Department & Asian Studies Program.