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"A Borrowed Voice" Book launch Thursday

Press Conference and Book Launch24 July 2008 (Thurs) 2:30 PMRoom 5117, Soochow Univ. Downtown CampusNo. 56 GuiYang Street Section 1, Taipei (near MRT XiMen Sta.)貴陽街一段56號 東吳大學城中校區 5117會議室
Newly Published Book Gives Inside View of International Support Network for Human Rights in Taiwan during Martial Law Era
A Borrow Voice - coverIn the late 1960s, Li Ao [...]

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Book Review: Selya, Development and Demograpic Change in Taiwan

Development and Demographic Change in Taiwan, 1945-1995.Roger Mark SelyaSingapore: World Scientific. 457pp.
Roger Mark Selya’s well written and excruciatingly detailed work Development and Demographic Change in Taiwan: 1945-1995 is a book no Taiwan bibliophile should be without. More than just a dry compendium of dull facts, Selya not only portrays and explains Taiwan’s social change, but [...]

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Book Review: Humanity at Stake

Humanity at StakeAbraham Young2008. Published in the United States by CreateSpace and distributed by Amazon. 130 pp. Website:
A few weeks ago I was in class at NCKU when a young woman walked in. Although the room seats 40 there are only seven of us in the class, but after inspecting the roomful of empty [...]

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Book Review: Taiwan: the Search for Identity

Taiwan: The Search for IdentityJerome Keating2008. Taipei: SMC Publishing, 118 pp.
Jerome Keating has finished another in his series of books on Taiwan’s history and political culture. With Taiwan: The Search for Identity, Keating offers a work done in his usual hard-hitting style, but with the added advantage of text in both English and Chinese. Most [...]

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Review: Richard Kagan’s New Book On Lee Teng-hui

The Taipei Times didn’t want this, so here it is: my review of Richard Kagan’s new book on Lee Teng-hui:
Taiwan’s Statesman: Lee Teng-hui and Democracy in AsiaRichard C. KaganNaval Institute Press, 2007, 231p
In an oft-quoted passage, the ancient Roman biographer, Plutarch once explained his philosophy thus: “in the most illustrious deeds there is not always [...]

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Book Review: Notes from the Other China: Adventures in Asia

Notes from the Other China: Adventures in AsiaBy Troy ParfittAlgora Publishing, 201 pages(Amazon, $34.95)
Troy Parfitt sent me a copy of his new book Notes from the Other China: Adventures in Asia, a travel book that takes the reader with Troy on his experiences in Korea, Taiwan, Nepal, Vietnam, and elsewhere. The result is an extremely [...]

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