Founded by Su Qing-Li, The China Tide (夏潮) was a representative magazine of the left-wing and socialist in Taiwan in the 1970s. Almost all left-wing articles in Taiwan at that time were gathered in this magazine. The China Tide was an important member in Taiwan’s democratic movements, social reforms, and cultural self-awareness movements since 1970. The China Tide hopes to become “the reading material for the descendants of China, and a magazine for Chinese people” . It “hears the voices of all levels, rather than only the intellectuals. ” The members of the magazine came from different social strata in Taiwan, mostly with “nationalist” sentiments of “anti-imperialism and anti-capitalism,” and mixed with some “social justice” goals, aiming to achieve peaceful reunification of the Chinese nation and social equality and justice. It was repeatedly suppressed by Kuomintang regime but always rose again and again.
The cover clearly indicated that the magazine was positioned as “Social, Local, and Literary,” with columns covering various fields, such as “Window on the World” (such as the African American civil rights movement in the United States), “Cultural Trends” (such as Hu Shi’s discussions), “Local Folk Customs” (such as Chiang Wei-shui’s characteristics), “Literature and Art” (such as articles by Wu Yong-Fu and Chiang Hsun), and “Social, Economic, and Political Issues” (such as the investigation of the Zhongli Incident). In 1987, members also founded the “The China Tide Federation” and “The Labor Party” showing concern for workers, farmers, and environmental protection. It had unique contribution in the reorganization and interpretation of Taiwan’s history and local consciousness awakening.