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The Beipu Incident Chinese: 北埔事件, or the Beipu Uprising, in 1907 was the first instance of an armed local uprising against the Japanese rule of the island of Taiwan In response to oppression of the local population by the Japanese authorities, a group of insurgents from the Hakka and Saisiyat indigenous groups in Hokuho, Shinchiku Chō modern-day Beipu, Hsinchu County, attacked Japanese officials and their families In retaliation, Japanese military and police killed more than 100 Hakka people The local uprising was the first of its kind in Taiwan under Japanese rule, and led to others over the following years


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Incident
  • 3 Significance
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References


Following the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895 between the Empire of Japan and Qing Empire of China, Taiwan was ceded to Japan in perpetuity, along with the Penghu Islands1 The Japanese rule saw Taiwan take large strides towards modernization, as they oversaw improvements to the island’s infrastructure, economy, and health and education systems2 Despite this, much of the population still suffered hardships, and there were regular partisan disturbances against Japanese installations3 These guerrilla raids often resulted in Japanese reprisals which tended to be more brutal than the initial attack, such as the 1896 ‘Yun-lin massacre', which resulted in 6,000 Taiwanese deaths4 Although the situation improved under Goto Shinpei, these disturbances still continued under Sakuma Samata, who succeeded Goto in 19055

As part of the push for modernisation under Japanese rule, Beipu prospered due to its nearby coal mines6 The town of Beipu was predominantly made up of members of the Hakka indigenous group, while people of the Saisiyat ethnic group also lived in the area7 As Taiwanese aborigines, rather than Han Chinese, these groups were viewed as barbarians and were particularly likely to face oppression from Japanese rule,8 especially under Sakuma Samata’s term as governor-general9


In response to what was perceived as Japanese oppression, Tsai Ching-lin 蔡清琳 organised a group of insurgents in November 1907 The group, consisting mainly of Hakka with the support of the local Saisiyat aboriginal tribes, seized a collection of weapons in Beipu Township on 14 November The following day, the insurgents killed 57 Japanese officers and their family members As retribution, Japanese authorities killed more than 100 Hakka over the following days, the majority of which were young males from Neitaping 內大坪, a small village in the area10


The Beipu Incident was the first incident of its kind against the Japanese rule in Taiwan Although other disturbances had occurred since the takeover in 1895, this was the first of a series of local uprisings which flared up quickly, and marked a new phase in armed Taiwanese resistance11 Following Beipu, other similar uprisings such as the Tapani incident in 1915 and the Wushe Incident in 1930 occurred, the latter of which ultimately led to a change in approach to Japanese dealings with the aboriginal tribes of Taiwan12

See alsoedit

  • Taiwan under Japanese rule
  • Tapani incident
  • Wushe Incident


  1. ^ Roy, Denny 2003 Taiwan: A Political History Ithaca: Cornell University Press p 34 ISBN 9780801488054 
  2. ^ Lam, Peng-Er January 2004 "Japan-Taiwan Relations: Between Affinity and Reality" Asian Affairs: An American Review 30 4: 251 doi:103200/AAFS304249-267 
  3. ^ Lamley, Harry J 2007 "Taiwan Under Japanese Rule, 1895-1945: The Vicissitudes of Colonialism" In Rubinstein, Murry A Taiwan: A New History expanded ed New York: ME Sharpe pp 202–211 ISBN 9780765614940 
  4. ^ Lamley 2007, p 207
  5. ^ Lamley 2007, pp 207–211
  6. ^ Dawson, Phil, "Visiting Taiwan – Experiencing Hakka Culture in Beipu" http://phildawsonorg/2010/10/17/experiencing-hakka-culture-in-beipu/, accessed 5 October 2011
  7. ^ The China Post, “Beipu Offers Glimpse into Hard-fought Hakka way of Life” http://wwwchinapostcomtw/travel/2004/08/23/51788/Beipu-offershtm, accessed 4 October 2011
  8. ^ Ching, L 1 December 2000 "Savage Construction and Civility Making: The Musha Incident and Aboriginal Representations in Colonial Taiwan" positions: east asia cultures critique 8 3: 800 doi:101215/10679847-8-3-795 
  9. ^ Roy 2003, pp 39–40
  10. ^ Yang Ching-ting 28 Nov 2007 "Time to recall the Beipu Uprising" Taipei Times p 8 Retrieved 9 Aug 2016 
  11. ^ Lamley, “Taiwan Under Japanese Rule, 1895–1945: The Vicissitudes of Colonialism", p 211
  12. ^ Ching 2000, pp 797–799

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