The little things...
In his interview With Chen Shui-bian Edward Cody of the Washington Post misunderstands Chen. Chen is finishing a question about his role ins the Kaohsiung incident:
Moreover, this democratization took place not only in the political sphere but also spread to the farmers' movement, the labor movement, the women's rights movement and the indigenous peoples' rights movement. It spread like wildfire.
By indigenous peoples, Chen means Taiwanese aborigines, not ethnic Minnan or Hakka. But Cody's next question shows confusion on this point.
Q3. That's what I was going to ask you. How important was that factor, in other words, indigenous vs. mainland Chinese? Was everybody an indigenous Taiwanese in this early movement? Or were there also mainland Chinese involved?
But Cody does get another of Chen's explicit statements on Taiwanese independence:
The principle of sovereignty entails a respect for and acceptance of the reality and status quo of Taiwan's being an independent, sovereign country. Taiwan must not be belittled, marginalized, or treated as a local entity, nor may attempts be made to delegitimize our government or refuse to recognize that this government wields public authority.
Note here: The status quo is that Taiwan is an independent, sovereign country.