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Remembering China from Taiwan : divided families and bittersweet reunions after the Chinese Civil War

Author: Mahlon Meyer
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the Nationalists lost China in 1949, many of them left behind their families as they retreated to Taiwan. A half century later, through democratic elections, they lost control over Taiwan as well and began looking to a new and powerful China, where their relatives had grown rich, for a sense of identity and economic support, thus laying the groundwork for the growing integration between Taiwan and China. As  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mahlon Meyer
ISBN: 9888083864 9789888083862
OCLC Number: 769473633
Description: x, 234 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Degrees of escape --
2. Mixing memory and desire --
3. Low lie the shattered towers : The second generation --
Low lie the shattered towers --
Death outside --
Social change : Taiwanese versus the rest --
The grandchildren : two sketches in memory --
4. Overseas connections : Bugged : the story of Tan Zhefu --
The factory worker --
Liu Rong : stranger in a strange land --
Missing --
Conclusion : the other shore.
Responsibility: Mahlon Meyer.

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When the Nationalists lost China in 1949, many of them left behind their families as they retreated to Taiwan. A half century later, through democratic elections, they lost control over Taiwan as well and began looking to a new and powerful China, where their relatives had grown rich, for a sense of identity and economic support, thus laying the groundwork for the growing integration between Taiwan and China. As exchanges across the Taiwan Strait increased, many separated families finally met after years of dreaming about each other in hope and in sorrow, through many eras and disast.

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Meyer's narrative enriches current understanding of the Taiwanese experience during its rise as a country amidst its search for identity as a Chinese nation... Highly recommended. Choice

 
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