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1. The Emergence of Greater China : The Economic Integration of Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (Studies on the Chinese Economy)
by Yun-Wing Sung
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The fusion of know-how and capital from Hong Kong and Taiwan with the substantial labour resources on China has led to the emergence of a dynamic economy of "Greater China" rivalling the USA, the European Union and Japan. What is the nature and trend of trade and investment within Greater China? What are the impacts on the world economy? With China's entry into the WTO, what are the problems and prospects of Greater China? These are some of the issues raised within Yun-Wing Sung's book.
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2. Taiwan: A Political History
by Denny Roy
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
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For centuries, various great powers have both exploited and benefited Taiwan, their designs for this island frequently clashing with the desire of local inhabitants to control their own destiny. Such conflicts have shaped Taiwan’s multiple, and frequently contradictory, identities. Denny Roy contends that Taiwan’s political history is best understood as a continuous struggle for security. Eschewing the usual emphasis on the high politics of the recent era, he offers a comprehensive narrative of the island’s political history from the first Chinese settlements to the Chen Shui-bian presidency. Roy covers the political system constructed by the KMT during the Cold War, the opposition breakthrough, the presidency of Lee Teng-hui, and the DPP presidentialvictory in March 2000.

Roy’s approach allows him to integrate his understanding of Taiwan’s domestic politics with its foreign affairs—particularly the relations with mainland China. He reveals how the interplay between political forces within and the influence of foreign countries from without has shaped Taiwan. His is a balanced account, incorporating up-to-date coverage and presenting many indigenous voices. Taiwan: A Political History illuminates the origins of the island’s often-troubled domestic and international political situation. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "Even-handed, thorough, and accurate"
Review by Prof. Shelley Rigger, the top U.S. scholar on Taiwan, in TOPICS magazine, May 2003: "Nowhere else will readers find such an even-handed, thorough, and accurate account of Taiwan's recent history. What is more, the book is a pleasure to read, balancing rich historical details and anecdotes with thoughtful analysis. Roy's book provides the most complete and in-depth account of Taiwan's post-World War II political development available in English. However, much of the value of the book comes from his determination to situate the island's postwar history in the context of Taiwan's pre-war experience. As a result, Roy is able to offer satisfying answers to some of the most puzzling issues facing students of contemporary Taiwan, including islanders' complicated feelings toward Japan, China--even Taiwan itself."

4-0 out of 5 stars Useful introduction to the various ethnic groups in Taiwan
As a member of the Hakka folks born in Taiwan (now living in the U.S.), I greatly appreciated the detailed explanations of the various ethnic groups in Taiwan. Sometimes it takes a Western writer to provide objective unbiased account of Taiwanese history and Denny Roy did just that.
The book at times was a little dry to read, almost like reading a textbook. But overall, I enjoyed reading this book which contains history not taught during my 8 years of elementary/junior high school education in Taiwan. An eye opener!

5-0 out of 5 stars Balanced, interesting and fills a gap in the literature
"Taiwan: A Political History" fills a yawning gap in the existing literature. Speaking as a former government official and a teacher of Asia/Pacific politics it is great to see the foreign and domestic politics of Taiwan, with all its bewildering twists and contortions, laid out in an accessible way. Denny Roy's concise history is readable, highly informative and touched with humour. This history is very well weighted in its judgment of Taiwan's recent past. For example, Roy gives credit to the KMT for fostering economic growth in Taiwan, makes a good case for Chiang Ching-kuo's motivations in ushering in Taiwan's democratization, but does not shy in exposing the numerous human rights abuses committed by the KMT. To his credit Roy has also sensibly remained out of the "One China" versus "Independence" debate, stating in the preface that this is for the Taiwanese people to decide. His well-written book bears out his claim to remaining outside the fray on this debate.

The democratization of Taiwan (much like that of South Korea) remains an important test case for the growth of democracy outside the western world - a political transition that occurred primarily because of domestic factors. My own interest in reading this book was to investigate, more fully, Taiwan's move to democracy. From a comparative politics point of view, the Taiwan case is a very rich one. Roy's book provides the reader with a well crafted synopsis of Taiwan's move to democracy. This kind of work should inform wider literature on comparative politics and social movements. Roy analyses the role of the elite, the competing forces within society and the international community in considering these changes. The case of Taiwan's democratization seems to run parallel to that of some other nearby countries where domestic and international pressures prompt a shift of thinking within the political elite of an authoritarian polity. However, recent times also show cases where the political elite have resisted domestic pressure (Burma being a good case). Roy makes a sound case that Taiwan's leadership, and President Chiang Ching-kuo in particular, made a series of fundamental political changes in the late 1980s out of enlightened self-interest.

The complex issue of Taiwan's "identity" is also something that an outsider will understand more fully from Roy's volume. The book explains something of the early interaction between Taiwan and mainland China, as well as the waves of migrations that have occurred. Identity in Taiwan, as Roy explains, has remained a salient issue within Taiwanese politics, even if the merging of community has blurred this in recent times. While the debate over Taiwan's status vis-a-vis the PRC is the most obvious political faultline, the divide between "Taiwanese" and "Mainlanders" has been of overlapping importance. The book also devotes some space to the fortunes of the indigenous "mountain tribes", which have faced terrible discrimination in the past. As many modern democracies face up to the difficulties experienced by indigenous minorities, this too is an important part of the Taiwan narrative.

Some might complain that Roy's volume is based too much on English language sources, yet this does not detract from the author's ability to tell Taiwan's story. In fact, this is a very welcome book. I wish I had had it as a source book to draw on when I was still lecturing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-written, interesting, useful book
This book is well-researched and well-written. Very interesting to read. The author tells Taiwan's story very well and explains the history in an understandable way. It is very useful for me as a Taiwanese to read the point of view of a foreign scholar. Roy tells both sides of the story, the Taiwan people and the Mainlander people, without a bias.

3-0 out of 5 stars Roy reflects the old KMT's new version of Taiwan history
Review by Linda Gail Arrigo
(human rights activist in Taiwan 1975-1980)

While funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Denny Roy states the foundation never attempted to influence his analysis. But it seems clear overall that his generally competent book is based primarily on secondary sources in English, which itself imparts a bias towards the scholarship of the past, heavily shaped by Taiwan government sources and academic funding.

This is not of course his particular failing, but the nature of the available literature, especially English literature, at this time. It is only in the last five years or so that Taiwan scholars have been able to receive stipends and recognition for study of Taiwan history; before the early 1990s their work was more likely to be suppressed.

Given that as it may be, Roy still has not digested the English materials on widely-known events of the opposition movement that led up to the present Democratic Progressive Party presidency; he is unfamiliar with the figures and their roles. (Examples cited.) These are indicative of a general bent in Roy¡¦s presentation, but more importantly he seems to miss the significance of Taiwan¡¦s mass movements, and he buries the events, as well as the continuity of the groups and the ideological advances involved, in chronologically scattered reports organized by abstract categories.

Roy says, ¡§Most of the public preferred keeping martial law and cared less about seeking independence than about other matters such as crime, pollution, and the cost of living¡¨. (p. 162) Is he reporting a misconceived poll, or KMT apologetics, without attribution? With only superficial understanding of the concerted and continuing mass mobilization of the opposition, despite persecution that chilled much public expression (indeed Roy does relate long series of such persecutions, he just does not draw the logical political inferences), it is no wonder that Chiang Ching-kuo¡¦s pronouncements appear to the author as the vanguard of democratization.

It is only late in Roy¡¦s account, with his diatribe against President Lee Teng-hui, that we can get the sense that he veers towards the New Party position of Chinese nationalism, albeit one melded with the current pragmatism of economic success in Taiwan, abandoning the KMT¡¦s early anti-communism to welcome economic integration with China. (The New Party, led by younger generation Mainlanders, split from the KMT in 1995 as it became increasingly dominated by native Taiwanese under Lee Teng-hui.) We wonder how he knows that following Lee Teng-hui¡¦s 1996 election with 54% of the popular vote in defiance of Beijing¡¦s missile threats, ¡§Still, most Asians wished Taiwan would stop resisting and accept unification with the PRC under the ¡¥one country, two systems¡¦ formula.¡¨ (p. 202) Similarly, he continually depicts the DPP as backtracking on or embarrassed by the issue of Taiwan independence; yes, the DPP has backtracked in rhetoric as it has advanced in substance, but not to the degree or for the reasons depicted by Roy.

Roy¡¦s assimilation of the New Party position, which decries KMT corruption and legalization of presidential power under Lee Teng-hui, but speaks with nostalgia of the dictatorships of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo that had little concern for constitutional or legal process, is obvious ¡K That is, the Chinese nationalists and Mainlander supporters of the old regime want to portray corruption as caused by native Taiwanese coming to power -- rather than as the structural operation of the KMT that habitually favored and sinecured its minions, but now was increasingly compelled to co-opt the local Taiwanese factions with illegitimate patronage, as its ability to rule by fiat and martial law weakened in the late 1980¡¦s. True to this portrayal, Roy repeats twice that James Soong (Soong Chu-yu, a Mainlander, was Director of the Government Information Office under Chiang Ching-kuo; and narrowly-defeated Presidential candidate in 2000) had a reputations for integrity. but fails to mention Soong Chu-yu¡¦s largess to local factions and contractors during his eight years as provincial governor that left him poised for his presidential bid in 2000; Soong's Hsin Piao scandal; or his son's five houses in San Francisco.

Once the reader has factored in this bias, however, Roy¡¦s chapters seven and eight on developments since the mid-nineties are the best part of the book, and at least they describe most relevant issues and events of the period with a sense that the author has been on the scene.

I hope the author is not too stung by these criticisms to work on a revision of this book, which certainly shows a great deal of ambition and effort in encompassing such a large sweep of history, up to the present unfolding events. I think that with about two years immersion in Taiwan society, especially with more personal contact with the recent dark side of this history, e.g. interviewing former political prisoners or reading Elegy of Sweet Potatoes about the White Terror, and also as Taiwan historical studies unfold over the next few years, the author can produce an analytic narrative that is much closer to the center of balance. ... Read more


3. Hitchcock with a Chinese Face: Cinematic Doubles, Oedipal Triangles, and China’s Moral Voice
by Jerome Silbergeld, University of Washington Press
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
Publisher: University of Washington Press
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4. Is Taiwan Chinese? : The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities (Interdisciplinary Studies of China)
by Melissa J. Brown
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-04)
Publisher: University of California Press
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The "one China" policy officially supported by the People's Republic of China, the United States, and other countries asserts that there is only one China and Taiwan is a part of it. The debate over whether the people of Taiwan are Chinese or independently Taiwanese is, Melissa J. Brown argues, a matter of identity: Han ethnic identity, Chinese national identity, and the relationship of both of these to the new Taiwanese identity forged in the 1990s. In a unique comparison of ethnographic and historical case studies drawn from both Taiwan and China, Brown's book shows how identity is shaped by social experience--not culture and ancestry, as is commonly claimed in political rhetoric. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Been Waiting For This!
At last, a book that covers an aspect of Taiwanese history and culture not often discussed until recent years: the Taiwanese people are a hybrid people. Many have some Plains Aborigine blood (traced on the maternal side). But, with cultural stigma, many Plains Aborigines and part Plains Aborigines forfeited their identity and were absorbed by "Han" identity. I've been waiting for a book in English to discuss this area and am glad Melissa Brown published this book. ... Read more


5. Memories of the Future: National Identity Issues and the Search for a New Taiwan (Taiwan in the Modern World)
by Stephane Corcuff
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Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: East Gate Book
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6. China's Rise, Taiwan's Dilemma's And International Peace (Politics in Asia)
by Edward Friedman
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Catlog: Book (2005-11-01)
Publisher: Routledge
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7. Chinese-language Film: Historiography, Poetics, Politics
by SHELDON LU, Sheldon H. Lu, EMILIE YUEH-YU YEH
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Asin: 0824828690
Catlog: Book (2004-10-31)
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
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From China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong to Singapore and Hollywood, from martial arts films of the early twentieth century to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon at the turn of the twenty-first century, Chinese-language films have opened new doors to the imaging and construction of national and ethnic identity. This volume, the most comprehensive work to date on Chinese film, explores the manifold dimensions of the subject and highlights areas overlooked in previous studies.

In the essays in this collection leading scholars take up issues and topics covering the entire range of Chinese cinema. Their cross-cultural engagements with individual films, accomplished with an acute sense of chronology and history, tackle questions of issues related to historiography, poetics, aesthetics, genres, and directorial styles; at the same time, they address the economics of film production and consumption as well as the cultural politics of globalization, identity, subjectivity, nationality, citizenship, and gender formation as embodied in filmic texts. They offer insightful, detailed analyses of films by such internationally renowned directors as Zhang Yimou, Hou Hsia-hsien, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai, Zhang Yuan, Jia Zhangke, Tsai Ming-liang, Lin Cheng-sheng, Jiang Wen, Ann Hui, Sylvia Chang, Wu Nianzhen, Eric Koo, and others.

Chinese-Language Film makes a significant contribution to international film studies.Itwill become required reading for all those, whether student, specialist, or general reader, who are interested in Chinese cinema and international film culture or concerned with questions of nationalism, transnationalism, globalization, and multiculturalism. ... Read more


8. Taiwan and the Geopolitics of the Asian-American Dilemma
by Jen-kun Fu
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Publisher: Praeger Publishers
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9. Cyber China : Reshaping National Identities in the Age of Information (CERI Series in International Relations a)
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Asin: 1403965781
Catlog: Book (2004-11-27)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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The essays in this volume explore the new power struggles created in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong through information technology. The contributors analyze the interaction between the development of information technologies and social logic on the one hand and processes of unification and fragmentation on the other. They seek to highlight the strategies of public and private actors aimed at monopolizing the benefits created by the information society-whether for monetary gain or bureaucratic consolidation-as well as the new loci of power now emerging. The book is organized around two main themes: one exploring societal change and power relations, the second examining the restructuring of Greater China's space. In so doing, the book seeks to shed light on both the state formation process as well as international relations theory.
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10. Once Upon a Time in China : A Guide to Hong Kong, Taiwanese, and Mainland Chinese Cinema
by Jeff Yang
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Publisher: Atria
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From Jackie Chan to Ang Lee, from Supercop to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Chinese cinema has truly arrived in the United States. Whether one is speaking of Jet Li martial arts blockbusters, historical epics like Chen Kaige's Farewell My Concubine, or evocative art films like Edward Yang's Yi Yi and Wong Kar Wai's In the Mood for Love, the astonishing variety, quality, and inventiveness of movies from the three filmmaking regions of Greater China have caught the imagination of film buffs and Hollywood studios alike, ensuring that more and more works from these dynamic industries will find an eager American audience.

But this startling diversity springs from common roots. Once Upon a Time in China is the first time that the unique cinemas of Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Mainland have been explored in parallel, showcasing the feuds and family ties, the epic confrontations and subtle machinations, through which contemporary Chinese film has evolved.

With wit and a true passion for the subject, author Jeff Yang, former publisher of aMagazine -- the nation's premier Asian American periodical -- and coauthor of action icon Jackie Chan's autobiography, offers a colorful journey through the history of Chinese cinema, its standout stars, moguls, and icons, and more than 350 of its most distinctive works. ... Read more


11. Transnational Chinese Cinemas: Identity, Nationhood, Gender
by Hsiao-Peng Lu
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Catlog: Book (1997-12-01)
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1-0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent
Some of the articles are well written but others are very repetitious and not rich in analysis. They are usually very short, and chould have been developed more. @More careful analysis needed. They also use a lot of "I's" in their writing. They emphasize a lot on their own experience, not what others think. Not really academically written. Some authors just repeat the same thing over and over again, which makes the whole book dull. One advantage is that it is easy to read. ... Read more


12. Pentecost of the Hills in Taiwan: The Christian Faith Among the Original Inhabitants
by Ralph R. Covell
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Hope Publishing House
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13. Religion and the Formation of Taiwanese Identities
by Paul R. Katz, Murray A. Rubinstein, P. R. Katz
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14. Disabling Globalization: Places of Power in Post-Apartheid South Africa
by Gillian Patricia Hart, Gillian Hart
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Combining richly detailed empirical research on transnational connections with bold and imaginative theoretical argument, this innovative study offers fresh critical understandings of globalization and unique insights into post-apartheid South Africa. Based on research conducted between 1994 and 2001, Gillian Hart traces political dynamics in two former white towns and adjacent black townships in the province of KwaZulu-Natal that are major sites of Taiwanese investment. Focusing on East Asian connections with these places, and on histories and memories of racialized dispossession, she highlights the fragility of the neoliberal project in post-apartheid South Africa. She also suggests how rethinking the "land question" in terms of a social wage could connect a variety of ongoing struggles. Hart provides a clear sense of how and why both popular and academic discourses of globalization are so deeply disabling. Readers will come away with more politically empowering understandings of social change in an increasingly interconnected world. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Briliant
Shows how gender, race and space have a crucial impact on economic and social relations in business. She lays out why its imperative that one does not discount these factors ... Read more


15. Culture and Customs of Taiwan
by Gary Marvin Davison, Barbara E. Reed
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Catlog: Book (1998-09-30)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book
I liked this book very much. I thought that it was informative, and well written. I didn't think that the other review was helpful or made any sense. Thankyou Barbara E.Reed and Gary Marvin Davison for making such good book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Easy to read.
I am still waiting for another nice book ... Read more


16. The Chinese House: Craft, Symbol and the Folk Tradition (Images of Asia (Hardcover))
by Ronald G. Knapp
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Catlog: Book (1991-02-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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2-0 out of 5 stars Great for young people
This book might be more appropriately filed under 'young readers'. First, it is a small book, hardly more than a paperback. Second, it does not go into any depth about Chinese houses, but gives more of a conversational style overview of culture and history. Illustrations are few and far between. There are no plans, elevations, or serious architectural drawings. Any seventh grader with a report due should be thrilled to find this book. Anyone else will be left wanting. How odd - it is an Oxford University publication. ... Read more


17. Chiang Kai Shek
by Jonathan Fenby
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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With a narrative as briskly paced and vividly detailed as an international thriller, this definitive new biography of Chiang Kai-shek masterfully maps the tumultuous political career of nationalist China's Generalissimo as it reevaluates his brave but unfulfilled life. Chiang Kai-shek was one of the most influential world figures of the twentieth century. The leader of the Kuomintang, the nationalist movement in China, by 1928 he had established himself as head of the government in Nanking. While he managed to survive the political storms of the 1930s, and although he was the only Chinese statesman of sufficient stature to attend the Cairo conference with Churchill and Roosevelt during World War II, Chiang's power was continually being undermined by the Japanese on one side and the Chinese Communists on the other. Once Japan met its unequivocal defeat in 1945, civil war again erupted in China, and four years later Mao Zedong claimed victory for the Communists. Featuring pages of photographs, and drawing extensively upon original Chinese sources and accounts by contemporaneous journalists, Jonathan Fenby unfolds a story as fascinating in its conspiratorial intrigues as it is remarkable for its psychological insights. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Hopes betrayed
Fenby's remarkable biography pulls no punches. CKS, so promising at the start, and so brave when he is kidnapped (told at the start of the book), turns out to be like all dictators: all send and no receive. Fenby opens the book with the kidnapping and this gets us off to an exciting start with our sympathies firmly in the CKS camp. But the apalling relationship with Stilwell and the failure to take advantage of the ending of the war against the Japanese show him in his true light; a great man of his time but time moved on and left him behind.
Fenby's book is full of fascinating detail. Even though I had recently read Tuchman's "Stilwell", his portrait of the relationship with CKS brought out new shading and gossip. Meiling also is portayed in a new and more mysterious light.
A great read for anyone who wants to understand why modern China is so thoroughly confused about its past.

3-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Built up as the first comprehensive English language biography of Chiang in a quarter century, Fenby's book does little to further our collective understanding of this complex and important political and military leader. Fenby's goal seems not to have been to carry out an informative and critical analysis of Chiang's career, but rather to tell Chiang's story as a novelist would. As a result, the book focuses too often on peripheral details and amusing vignettes that ultimately have little to do with the Generalissimo himself. To Fenby's credit, this book is well-researched and very well written. However, for the student looking to gain penetrating insight into Chiang Kai-Shek as a leader, this book will prove to be greatly lacking.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, a modern biography of Chiang Kai-Shek
I have been waiting for this book for a long time. Not particularly this book, but any modern updated biography of Chiang Kai Shek. In recent years we have gotten updated biographies of Mao and Ho Chi Minh and now finally Chiang Kai-Shek.

First and foremost, this is a well written, well researched book. It is easy to read and never boring. So on that sense it is a good biography. The book also has some great pictures and good maps at the beginning of the book.

The book does a terrific job showing the politics going on in China between 1911 and 1945. The books strongest points about Chiang Kai-Shek are on his battles against the warlords and desires to eliminate the communists. I also felt the book did a great job discussing his wife, and her famous family the Soongs.

That being said, I felt the book was weak in its overall assessment of Chiang Kai-Shek. I got the impression that the author really did not want to make any strong judgements about Chiang Kai Shek. He does not hold back any facts, but just does not make strong judgements. However, the author is highly critical of Sun Yatsen, and General Stillwell. Two great men in history, this author is not afraid to judge, but Chiang Kai Shek he does not.

Sun Yatsen was a great leader and had such a vision for China, but Fenby is highly critical of him. Stillwell was exactly right on how Chiang Kai-Shek would lose China and was dead on in his assessment of KMT corruption. Instead, Fenby is critical of Stillwell. For a better look at Stillwell look at the Recent book on the Burma Road.

Also, I was surprized at how rushed the author gets at the end on the ultimate Communist victory. Fenby is great in discussing the Marshall visit and attempt to broker a peace, but his description of the Nationalist collapse and retreat to Taiwan was rushed in my opinion. Also, there is little to no information about Chiang Kai Shek on Taiwan.

But I am being picky. I enjoyed this book very much and am glad Fenby wrote it. Had Chiang Kai Shek been a better leader the history of Asia and the world would be very different.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a fascinating and very readable story about an extraordinary man living in one of the most exciting periods of history in the 20th century, with lots of adventurous passages and some amazing characters like the warlords and the drug Godfathers and Madame Chiang who just died at a very old age. The information about Chiang's private life is really quite scandalous!
Apart from that, what made it an important book for myself was three elements:
1. The chapters telling, for the first time in my experience in such vivid depth, just how Japan behaved in China between 1931 and 1945. The descriptions of what the Army did in China make this an important historical document.
2.In the context of the current situation in Iraq, the account of US involvement in China has major significant lessons for today.
3. Given China's emergence as a superpower in the next few years, this is the first book I have seen which tells readers what happened before the Communists won power - and draws quite important parallels between the past and the present from which I drew interesting lessons to analyze what China is becoming.

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally a tale of the General
Chiang Kai Shek was one of the worlds longest serving leaders in the 20th century. From the early 1920s he consolidated China under his military rule and defeated the warlords who had sprung up under Sun Yat Sun. Chiang went on to fight the Japanese as they invaded China and unleashed genocide against the Chinese people in cities like Nanking. This wonderful book finally bring Chiang to life. Few biographies exist of this important 20th century leader and even fewer biographies do him any justice. This Book tells the story in full. From the collapse of China in 1949 to Chiangs defiant stand in Taiwan where he widdled his nation into the U.N and garnered support from America. A very important study of an important leader, not to be missed by anyone interested in Taiwan, China or Cold War politicians. ... Read more


18. Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? (Nations of the Modern World: Asia)
by John Franklin Copper, John F. Copper
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Asin: 0813320909
Catlog: Book (1996-03-01)
Publisher: Westview Pr (Short Disc)
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In the fourth edition of Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? Professor Copper examines Taiwan's geography and history, its society and culture, its economy, its political system, and its foreign and security policies in the context of Taiwan's uncertain political status: whether a sovereign nation or a province of the People's Republic of China. Copper argues that Taiwan's very rapid and successful democratization (while leaders in Beijing oppose democratic change) suggests Taiwan should be independent and separate from China; increasingly important economic links between Taiwan and China says the opposite. Professor Copper argues that exacerbating this problem Washington and Beijing espouse opposing policies regarding resolution of the "Taiwan issue" and that has made the Taiwan Strait the world's number one "flashpoint" (place where major powers collide and where war using weapons of mass destruction may be used). This matter has been recently been given further salience by the shift of political power to Chen Shui-bian who was elected president in 2000 and the victory of his opposition party, which has long advocated an independent Taiwan, in the 2001 legislative election and by America's growing perception of a "China danger" and concern about Beijing's military expansion that is in large part aimed at Taiwan. Taiwan: Nation-State or Province? is unlike other books of this genre pursues the theme of Taiwan's unique status and seeks to gauge its future as one of the world's vortex political entities. Praise for the previous editions ... Read more


19. Chinese National Cinema (National Cinemas Series.)
by Yingjin Zhang
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Asin: 041517290X
Catlog: Book (2004-07-01)
Publisher: Routledge
Sales Rank: 781531
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What does it mean to be "Chinese?" This controversial question has sparked off a never-ending process of image-making in Chinese and Chinese-speaking communities throughout the twentieth century. This introduction to Chinese national cinema, written by a leading scholar, covers three "Chinas": mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. It traces the formation, negotiation and problematization of the national on the Chinese screen over ninety years.Historical and comparative perspectives bring out the parallel developments in the three Chinas, while critical analysis explores thematic and stylistic changes over time.

As well as exploring artistic achievements and ideological debates, Chinese National Cinema also emphasizes industry research and market analysis.The author concludes that despite the rigid censorship systems and the pressures on film makers, Chinese national cinema has never succeeded in projecting a single unified picture, but rather portrays many Chinas. ... Read more


20. Becoming Japanese: Colonial Taiwan and the Politics of Identity Formation
by Leo T. S. Ching
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-18)
Publisher: University of California Press
Sales Rank: 264677
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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In 1895 Japan acquired Taiwan as its first formal colony after a resounding victory in the Sino-Japanese war. For the next fifty years, Japanese rule devastated and transformed the entire socioeconomic and political fabric of Taiwanese society. In Becoming Japanese, Leo Ching examines the formation of Taiwanese political and cultural identities under the dominant Japanese colonial discourse of assimilation (dôka) and imperialization (kôminka) from the early 1920s to the end of the Japanese Empire in 1945.

Becoming Japanese analyzes the ways in which the Taiwanese struggled, negotiated, and collaborated with Japanese colonialism during the cultural practices of assimilation and imperialization. It chronicles a historiography of colonial identity formations that delineates the shift from a collective and heterogeneous political horizon into a personal and inner struggle of "becoming Japanese." Representing Japanese colonialism in Taiwan as a topography of multiple associations and identifications made possible through the triangulation of imperialist Japan, nationalist China, and colonial Taiwan, Ching demonstrates the irreducible tension and contradiction inherent in the formations and transformations of colonial identities. Throughout the colonial period, Taiwanese elites imagined and constructed China as a discursive space where various forms of cultural identification and national affiliation were projected. Successfully bridging history and literary studies, this bold and imaginative book rethinks the history of Japanese rule in Taiwan by radically expanding its approach to colonial discourses. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent text
A great book drawing on postcolonial and postmodern thought that analyzes Japanese colonial rhetoric about Taiwan as well as different stages of Taiwanese identity-formation under colonization. Includes an analysis of Japanese representations of aborigines, a group that is often glossed over or ignored in books on Taiwan.

5-0 out of 5 stars The nature of colonialism and its contemporary consequences.
This study is an excellent examination of Japanese colonialism in Taiwan and its consequences for the contemporary formation of national identity. Through examining not only the particular circumstances of Japan in Taiwan but also the nature of colonialism in general, Ching shows how colonialism is a social transformation which produces people of mixed identities. He draws upon "The Orphan of Asia" by Wu Zhuo-Liu as an example of this understanding. Ching also sets forth an interesting critique of postmodernism's hesitancy to draw judgments across cultural boundaries. The "miracle" of postwar Japan, essentially an almost immediate turn from complete external orientation to complete internal orientation and subjectivity, was made possible by the United States' appropriation of Japan's colonies and Japan's immediate alliance with the U.S. in the Cold War. Because of these factors, Japan never had to go through the harsh but important process of decolonization, and Ching shows how this failure affects the identity crisis of Taiwan today. Ultimately the book is oriented around "the politics of identity formation" in which Taiwan must come to hold a national identity which embraces the diversity of elements (Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Hakka, aboriginal, etc.) that have formed the ontology of Taiwan through history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Taiwanesness
This is a detailed account of the Taiwanese response to colonization under the Japanese. Liu adroitly illustrates the monumental changes afoot in Taiwan of the early 20th Century and builds a strong case to support the idea of a Taiwanese identity seperate from China. Liu follows the steps colonialization drive that can later be seen in the Chinese colonization under the KMT. At times the language bogs down in anthropological terms of art, but is no less a valueable addition to the pool of information available on Taiwan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Points out my mixed cultures!!
This is a good book to point out why China had no claim on Taiwan. Taiwan is a country that had been invaded by so many other countires in its past. Han Chinese are just minority in Taiwan while Taiwanese are the majority. This is why Taiwanese people will decide their future for their own political, economical, and military interests!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Differences
The Taiwanese is once a part of Japanese,but now we are the Taiwanese,uneaqual to China. China is not eaqual to Japan,so how could China be eaqual to Taiwan? To say Taiwanese = Chinese is just China's excuse to occupy Taiwan,for China feel well-developed Taiwan is a BIG FAT SHEEP for them to eat.

Actually,I can say Chinese know nothing about Taiwanese traits and personailty. China would never be willing to understand it and communicate with us Taiwan,for Chinese is very self-focus arrogant people. So,to be nearset neighbor with China is the sadest fate for Taiwan. The book revealed the differences of Taiwanese and Chinese,focus on what is the life-experiecnce(historical)reasons of forming the "Taiwanese" identity. Readers can sense the logic a little from this book. ... Read more


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