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Prominent opposition activist, writer Linda Arrigo ties the knot

MILESTONE Blacklisted and deported in the 1970s, Arrigo is back at work and celebrating her recent marriage


Linda Gail Arrigo, well known for her extensive involvement in social movements on the island, quietly remarried last month. Her new husband, Ho Shu-yuan (何樹元), a bus driver at a Taipei primary school, met Arrigo while volunteering for an environmental organization.

Arrigo, a US national who is known throughout Taiwan as Ai Lin-da (艾林達), first came to Taiwan while still in her teens. She attended the Taipei American School and later did research on female labor issues while in graduate school.

Arrigo became involved in opposition politics towards the end of the 1970s and in 1978 married former DPP chairman Shih Ming-te (施明德), then a dissident activist.

Persecuted for his political activities during martial law, in 1980 Shih was imprisoned for ten years for his political activities.

Arrigo was deported from Taiwan in 1979, later blacklisted, and was only allowed back in the country in the 1990s. The two finalized their divorce four years ago.

After returning to Taiwan, Linda quickly returned to her work as a social activist. She has been active in the Taiwan Green Party (台灣綠黨) and the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union (環保聯盟). She also acts as a liaison for various international NGOs and teaches at Shih Hsin University (世新大學) in Taipei.

Arrigo recently published a collection of essays in Chinese titled Muckraker! An Overall Critique of the Opposition Movement in Taiwan.

The couple is holding a party to celebrate their marriage in the 2-28 Park on Sept. 28 at 5 pm. The event is timed so that party goers can attend DPP presidential candidate Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) rally in Taipei after celebrating with the couple.

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