1999 / 10月
The use of Japanese is prohibited, and the Ministry of Education issues "Outline for the Implementation of Measures to Strengthen National Education during the Period of National Rebellion."
Plan announced to strengthen Mandarin education.
Joint entrance exam for universities and colleges held for the first time.
The magazine Wenxing ("Literary Star"), which introduces Western thinking, begins publication.
The magazine Ziyou Zhongguo ("Free China") is halted. Censorship increases.
Taiwan Television (TTV), the island's first television station, starts broadcasting.
The Cultural Revolution commences on the mainland, and the ROC decides to promote a "Chinese Cultural Renaissance" in Taiwan.
Education through the ninth grade is made compulsory.
Lin Hwai-min founds the Cloud Gate Dance Ensemble.
The "native soil" movement bursts onto the literary scene.
The Executive Yuan establishes the Council for Cultural Planning and Development. Kao Hsi-chun and others found the magazine CommonWealth.
The rise of directors such as Hou Hsiao- hsien and Edward Yang marks the arrival of the "new wave" in Taiwanese cinema.
Lung Ying-tai's Wildfire is published. The magazine Renjian ("humanity") begins publication.
The "wild lily" student movement, which demands faster political reform, takes root at university campuses.
Cable television is legalized, resulting in tremendous growth in the number of stations.
Lee Yuan-tseh becomes president of the Academia Sinica. On April 10 demon- strators march for educational reform, and in response the government establishes the Educational Reform Council. The government announces that copyrights of foreign books must be obtained by June 12. Before that date, publishers and booksellers clear the stocks of illegal translations.
The elementary school textbook market is opened to private-sector publishers.
The registration requirement in the copyright law is scrapped, and the law is changed to ensure complete protection.