After 1991 (Year 80 of the ROC calendar), Taiwan progressed into a new democratic stage through the public election of legislators and National Assembly delegates, thereby embodying the true spirit of democracy. Next, the positions of governor and heads of special (Executive-Yuan-governed) municipalities were open for direct election in 1994 (Year 83 of the ROC calendar). In 1996 (Year 85 of the ROC calendar), a democratic election was finally held for the position of President. In 2000 (Year 89 of the ROC calendar), the first democratic transfer of power took place in Taiwan. In the 1990s many men in Taiwan also started looking to China or Southeast Asia for wives, with these new immigrants leading to a number of social changes, while also introducing new cultural elements to Taiwan, and increasing its diversity.

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