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Paper on Parade: Half Mountain – Half Sea

After a short hiatus thanks to increased workload, Paper on Parade is back with a great article in the current issue of Intersections out of Australian National University on women in the Kaohsiung fishing communities entitled:Half Mountain – Half Sea: Women’s Roles in the Fishing Communities of Post-War Kaohsiung, 1945–1975. The article was written by [...]

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Adventures in Time

I get many requests from readers, most of which I don’t have the time or expertise to fulfill, but one from a certain JDP piqued my interest. He wrote me and told me that in the early 1970s he had rented a house in the alley above, in Taichung, near the airbase (now the airport). [...]

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Election Day Hike

On election day, rather than torture myself by waiting for the election returns, I went hiking in Keelung to visit some of the old military structures in the area and hang out with my good friends Jeff Miller, Michael Fahey, and an Englishman named Laurence, of the Petrochemical Industry. (As always, click on any pic [...]

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H-ASIA: Review of Dangerous Strait

This was passed around H-Asia today. Note the use of the loaded term ’separatist’ to describe our independence movement.
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Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, ed. _Dangerous Strait: The U.S.-China-Taiwan Crisis_. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005. xii + 272 pp. Notes, index. $41.50 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-231-13564-1.
Reviewed for H-Diplo by Qiang Zhai, Department of History, Auburn University Montgomery
Staying off [...]

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Five Things That Never Happened: Taiwan

Big rumblings in Taipei yesterday, flying all over the emails and chat rooms last night. More on that later….
Frog in the Well, the China history blog, has an interesting post on Five Things That Never Happened, basically, a list of five non-events in Chinese history that might have radically changed things. What’s your list of [...]

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The English Factory in Taiwan, 1670-1685

I was walking around the library at NCKU today and stumbled across an 800 page volume entitled The English Factory in Taiwan 1670-1685, compiling the records of a historical fact about Taiwan that I had not known: that from 1670-1685, the English maintained a trading post in Taiwan.
As the incoming Manchus overwhelmed the Ming, Cheng [...]

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Other Nations’ Independence and Taiwan

This week the media brings us two tales of independence that are Taiwan-connected, one from India, one from Kosovo. A reader alerted me to this piece in the International Herald Tribune on the issues that independence for Kosovo creates for China. To wit:
Kosovo may be geographically removed from East Asia but what happens there could [...]

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The King of Formosa

The 18th and 19th centuries produced a flood of uniquely gifted and adventurous individuals, like Alexander von Humboldt, Jean-Francois de La Perouse, Richard Burton, and James Cook. One of the lesser known but still fascinating fruits of this amazing crop was Maurice Benovsky, the self-styled King of Formosa.
Benovsky was born in Vrbova, Hungary (now Slovakia) [...]

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More on the Polynesians and Taiwan

Yet another study on the relationships between Taiwan and Polynesians….
In the research, scientists examined more than 800 genetic markers known to be useful in distinguishing the ancestry of people. These involved mitochondrial DNA, passed down through females, and the Y chromosomes in males. Previous investigations along these lines had been conducted on a much smaller [...]

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Linda Arrigo: Experiencing Taiwan Social History

Linda Arrigo graciously consented to let me put this presentation on my blog as JPGs. These are photos and slides from a presentation on cemetaries around her university in Taipei. The photos were taken by someone who accompanied Linda, not me.

The trip follows the windy road in the center of the picture.

The gatehouse on the [...]

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Japan Focus: Taiwan in the Chinese Imagination, 17-19th Century

Emma Teng, who has written an excellent book on Taiwan, discusses some aspects of it at JapanFocus:
The legacy of Qing imperialism for modern China has been profound: because the People’s Republic of China (PRC) now claims sovereignty over virtually all the territory acquired by the last dynasty, the impact of Qing expansionism continues to be [...]

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