Path to Power

1950 Chen is born in Tainan county in Taiwan's underdeveloped south, the son of farmers

1973 He passes the bar exam with flying colors at National Taiwan University, then starts a practice, specializing in maritime law

1980 As Taiwan's democracy movement stirs, Chen defends one of eight leaders of an anti-Kuomintang (KMT) protest who are charged with plotting to overthrow the government. Chen's client is convicted by the military court, but the case electrifies the nascent opposition movement

1981 Following the trial, Chen enters politics, and...

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