This comprehensive book explores contemporary Taiwan from the perspective of the Taiwanese themselves. In a unique set of original essays, leading Taiwanese figures consider the country’s history, politics, society, economy, identity, and future prospects. The volume provides a forum for a diversity of local voices, who are rarely heard in the power struggle between China and the United States over Taiwan’s future. Whether it will be absorbed by China, continue in its current limbo as an unrecognized state, or seek outright independence and national sovereignty remains an open question. Reflecting the deep ethnic and political differences that are essential to understanding Taiwan today, this work provides a nuanced introduction to its role in international politics.
Contributions by: Andrew C. Chang, Chang Chang-yi David, Pochih Chen, Chen Yi-shen, Chi Guo-chung, Strong C. Chuang, Frank S. T. Hsiao, Jolan Hsieh, Joseph C. C. Kuo, Lee Shiao-feng, Shyu-tu Lee, Lee Teng-hui, Marie Lin, Jay Tsu-yi Loo, Lu Hsiu-lien Annette, Peng Ming-min, George Sung, Michael M. Tsai, Tsay Ting-kuei (Aquia), Tu Kuo-ch’ing, Jack F. Williams, Wong Ming-hsien, Wu Rong-i, Wu Rwei-ren, and C. Eugene Yeh.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; February 2014
- ISBN: 9781442221437
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- Title: Taiwan's Struggle
- Author: Shyu-tu Lee (ed.); Jack F. Williams (ed.)
Imprint: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
In The Press
While a great deal has been written about Taiwan, remarkably little attention has been devoted to the people whose lives are most affected: the Taiwanese themselves. This volume addresses that profound lacuna. The contributors address issues ranging from history, politics, economics, ethnic identity, literature, and international relations that reflect their concerns for their future. Included are academics, former government officials, and public figures—all but one ethnic Taiwanese. Vital reading for all those who would understand this volatile yet vibrant area better.
About The Author
Shyu-tu Lee is a research fellow with the Institute for Taiwanese Studies. He has served on the board of directors for the Formosan Association for Public Affairs and as chair of the Research Committee and president of the North American Taiwanese Professors Association.
Jack F. Williams is professor emeritus of geography at Michigan State University and has published widely on Taiwan and China. Since his retirement, he has been visiting professor of geography at the University of Hong Kong and National Taiwan University.