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Understanding China: A Guide to China's Economy, History and Political Culture
John Bryan Bryan Starr
0809094894
March 2001
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Lucian W. Pye, The New York Times
"An excellent introduction to China... concise information about that ... country. Packed with facts and figures... enlivened with firsthand observations."

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"An excellent introduction to China for anyone in search of solid but concise information about that complicated country. Packed with facts and figures, but enlivened with firsthand observations."--Lucian W. Pye, The New York Times

"Invaluable . . . Provides substantial coverage of the relationships between China's history and present-day system."--MultiCultural Review

"An impressive and comprehensive survey of mainland China's geography, political structure, military establishment, economics, and recent history. Invaluable and indispensable reading for students of...


Taiwan
Leonard H. Gordon
0231033761
June 1970
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Taiwan: A Political History
Denny Roy
0801488052
March 2003
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Far Eastern Economic Review, February 27, 2003
"[T]he most complete historical analysis to date of the island. . . . [A]rticulate and accessible."

Far Eastern Economic Review, February 27, 2003
"Roy's new work goes beyond any single volume... presenting the most complete historical analysis of the island. . . "

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Taiwan Under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1895-1945
David Der-Wei Wang
0231137982
July 2006
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Book Description
Through a variety of topics and theoretical lenses, top scholars from the United States, Japan, and Taiwan provide a comprehensive yet nuanced portrait of Japanese colonial rule and the complex formation of Taiwanese national identity. This is the first such volume in English and draws on research in English, Japanese, and Chinese. Taiwan Under Japanese Colonial Rule includes discussions of print culture and national literature, the rewriting of colonial histories, numerology and colonial administration, education and recruitment of the cultural elite, and ethnic violence in the postcolonial era. Unlike many other works of colonial history and postcolonial critique, this volume focuses on an example of non-Western colonialism, illuminating the interrelatedness of the history, culture, and language of Taiwan, China, and...


The Emergence of Greater China : The Economic Integration of Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (Studies on the Chinese Economy)
Yun-Wing Sung
0333625994
March 2, 2005
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Book Description
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.


America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan
Ted Galen Carpenter
1403968411
January 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
An intractable and dangerous international confrontation gets a sobering reappraisal in this provocative study. Cato Institute analyst Carpenter (The Korean Conundrum) gives a lucid, evenhanded diplomatic history of the China-Taiwan standoff and the recent rise in tensions as China's growing determination to reclaim Taiwan meets increasingly defiant Taiwanese assertions of independence. Exacerbating the problem is America's approach of "strategic ambiguity," which he considers a euphemism for "confusion" and "incoherence." Influenced by business interests eager to court China and conservatives loath to see Taiwan's plucky democracy swallowed by the Communist Leviathan, Washington placates Beijing with an official One China policy while selling arms to Taiwan and conveying a tacit promise to defend her against...


A Short History of Taiwan
Gary Marvin Davison
0275981312
Oct 2003
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Book Description
This concise account of Taiwan's history makes a cogent, compelling argument for the right of the Taiwanese people to declare their nation independent, if they so choose. Davison's bold stand--unprecedented from a Western author--challenges the "one China" notion advanced in the Shanghai Communique of 1972 and states unequivocally that, should independence be proclaimed, it could only be taken away by force if the international community sides with contemporary might over historical right.

About the Author
GARY MARVIN DAVISON is a teacher-researcher for the Academic Education Division of the Minneapolis Urban League. He is author (with Barbara E. Reed) of Culture and Customs of Taiwan (Greenwood, 1998).


China: Its History and Culture
W. Scott Morton
0071412794
August 2004
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Book Description
A wonderful job! So lucid, beautfully written, with greatrange and insight. This will set a new standard for shortgeneral histories of China. -;Michael Gasster,professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University Newly updated and revised, China: Its History and Culture,Fourth Edition, incorporates the crucial social and economicchanges that have taken place in China over the last decade.Through rich detail and engaging illustrations, the book tracesChina's history from Neolithic times to the present day.

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A concise and thorough history of one of the world's most powerful nations



Is Taiwan Chinese : The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities (Berkeley Series in Interdisciplinary Studies of China)
Melissa Brown
0520231821
February 4, 2004
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Book Description
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.

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"In this eye opening book, Melissa Brown shines an illuminating light on...


Chinese National Cinema
Yingjin Zhang
041517290X
July 2004
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Review
A remarkable scholarly achievement, evidenced by the author's extensive research, encyclopedic knowledge of his subject and refreshing interpretations of the major trends and developments in Chinese film history ... this book establishes Zhang as the undisputed authority on Chinese cinema in the West.–Zhiwei Xiao, California State University

A model of forward-looking scholarship, and a superb addition to the National Cinemas series ... eminently suited to adoption on courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.–Julian Stringer, University of Nottingham

Book Description
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...



Taiwan
John Franklin Franklin Copper
0813339553
January 2003
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American Journal of Chinese Studies
"Readers seeking a comprehensive but economical treatment of Taiwan need look no further...."

The China Business Review
"A first-class description of the territory's rise to a global powerhouse from relative impoverishment in the 1950s."

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Philosophy and Conceptual History of Science in Taiwan
Cheng-Hun Lin
0792317661
Dec 1992
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Book Description
This is a collection of papers on philosophy of science, conceptual history of science, and sociology of science written by Taiwanese scholars. It is perhaps one of the best, written by Taiwanese, in all Chinese-speaking societies. Some works in it show Orientals study topics that are typically Western philosophy of science. Others show how traditional topics in the history of Chinese science (mathematics, optics, and geology) could be studied with high sensitivity to the philosophy and sociology of science. It also touches upon issues of the `autonomous' development of social sciences in Taiwan, a society whose academic researches are greatly influenced by the West. This collection will prove stimulating and valuable to general and scholarly readers alike who are interested in philosophy and history of...


Thrice-Told Tale: Feminism, Postmodernism, and Ethnographic Responsibility
Margery Wolf
0804719802
April 1992
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At Cross Purposes: U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1942 (Taiwan in the Modern World (M.E. Sharpe Paperback))
Richard C. Bush
0765613735
March 2004
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Hitchcock with a Chinese Face: Cinematic Doubles, Oedipal Triangles, and China¿s Moral Voice
Jerome Silbergeld
0295984171
September 30, 2004
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Book Description
Includes a DVD with scenes from Suzhou River, The Day the Sun Turned Cold, and Good Men, Good Women As China and the West grow closer together year by year, Chinese cinema becomes increasingly Westernized and Western interest in Chinese cinema continues to grow. Hitchcock with a Chinese Face examines three recent award-winning films--one from Shanghai, one from Hong Kong, one from Taipei--concerned with the issues of developing globalization and the defense of local identity and culture. Superficially different, these films surprise Western audiences with their sophisticated cinematic skills and the depth of their engagement with Dostoevsky and Freud, Faulkner and Hitchcock. They employ double-characters, multiple identities, and radically nonlinear narrative structures and pay homage to film noir, individualizing...


Taiwan: A New History
Murray A. Rubinstein (Editor)
1563248166
January 1999
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Forbidden Nation
Jonathan Manthorpe
1403969817
Oct 2005
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Book Description
For over 400 years, Taiwan has suffered at the hands of multiple colonial powers, but it has now entered the decade when its independence will be won or lost. At the heart of Taiwan's story is the curse of geography that placed the island on the strategic cusp between the Far East and Southeast Asia and made it the guardian of some of the world's most lucrative trade routes. It is the story of the dogged determination of a courageous people to overcome every obstacle thrown in their path. It is a saga full of outlandish characters: pirates and warriors, artists and scholars, men of principle and men of none, cowards and a few heroes. Forbidden Nation tells the dramatic story of the island, its people, and what brought them to this moment when their future will be decided.


Dangerous Straits: The US-Taiwan-China Crisis
Nancy Bernkopf Bernkopf Tucker
0231135645
February 2005
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" Dangerous Strait is an outstanding book, uniquely authoritative and uniquely sober and careful in all its assertions." -- Bradley Winterton, Taipei Times
"The contributors successfully explain the historical evolution of the cross-strait situation and provide solid analysis of the complex relations." -- Lucian W. Pye, Foreign Affairs
"This book contains a wealth of information and timely studies... [and] is to be commended." -- Mei-Chin Lee, Pacific Affairs
"Tucker's Dangerous Strait analyze both cross-strait relations and U.S. policy toward the Taiwan issue, providing essential context and thoughts on how to avert disaster." -- Warren I. Cohen, National Interest

Book Description
Today the most dangerous place on earth is arguably the Taiwan Strait, where a war...


Taiwan
Murray A. Rubinstein
1563248158
June 1997
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Framing the Bride : Globalizing Beauty and Romance in Taiwan's Bridal Industry
Bonnie Adrian
0520238346
December 8, 2003
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Book Description
With a wedding impending, the Taiwanese bride-to-be turns to bridal photographers, makeup artists, and hair stylists to transform her image beyond recognition. They give her fairer skin, eyes like a Western baby doll, and gowns inspired by sources from Victorian England to MTV.
An absorbing consideration of contemporary bridal practices in Taiwan, Framing the Bride shows how the lavish photographs represent more than mere conspicuous consumption. They are artifacts infused with cultural meaning and emotional significance, products of the gender- and generation-based conflicts in Taiwan's hybrid system of modern matrimony. From the bridal photographs, the book opens out into broader issues such as courtship, marriage, kinship, globalization, and the meaning of the "West" and "Western" cultural images of...


Taiwan: A Political History
Denny Roy
080144070X
June 2003
Hardcover
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Far Eastern Economic Review, February 27, 2003
"[T]he most complete historical analysis to date of the island. . . . [A]rticulate and accessible."

Far Eastern Economic Review, February 27, 2003
"Roy's new work goes beyond any single volume... presenting the most complete historical analysis of the island. . . "

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Possessing the Past: Treasures from the National Palace Museum, Taipei
Wen Fong, et al
0810964945
August 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
More than an exhibition catalogue, this breathtakingly beautiful volume, a major work of scholarship, offers a panoramic history of Chinese art and culture. Its 436 color plates and 190 halftones reproduce hundreds of masterpieces from the Chinese Palace Museum in Taiwan?artworks that originally constituted the personal collection of 18th-century Emperor Ch'ien-lung, and were transported out of communist China to Taipei after WWII. Among the treasures are eighth-century calligraphic brush masterpieces, monumental landscape hanging scrolls of the Northern Sung (10th-11th centuries), elegant porcelain, naturalistic flower, bird and animal paintings, and life-size, robust imperial portraits. Essays by Chinese and Western art historians sweep from the Neolithic Age's magical and religious uses of jade (third...


Taiwan's Security
Bernard D. Cole
0415365813
Mar 2006
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Book Description
When Chiang Kai-shek fled from mainland China, his military was in disarray. Today, it appears to be a modern, well-equipped and well-trained force. But how capable is it? This book offers the first in-depth explanation and evaluation of Taiwan's defense forces and infrastructure. The author not only examines in detail each of Taiwan's military services, with descriptions of their organization, equipment, and personnel but also assesses the defense infrastructure as a whole with a focus on the ongoing attempt to civilianize that organization.

As the Taiwan Strait remains the focus of international tension between China and the United States this volume provides essential base-data and evaluation of the one of the major participants in this crisis and in this concluding part offers a comparative framework of...


Taiwan Film Directors: A Treasure Island
Darrell Davis
0231128991
June 2005
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Review
"This book is a highly intelligent and welcome guide to the movement as whole, and to some of its major participants." -- Bradley Winterton, Taipei times
"a veritable jewel for those interested in Taiwanese film culture and its domestic and international evolution." -- Film-Philosophy, 10.1

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"In this groundbreaking work, Davis and Yeh at once offer the reader something illuminating in theoretical engagement, erudite in historical delineation, and lucid in writing style. It is a must-read." -- Sheldon Lu, University of California, Davis, coeditor of Chinese-Language Film: Historiography, Poetics, Politics
"With a sumptuous fund of historical details and formal insights, this landmark study of Taiwan film directors articulates questions of cultural production in ways that...

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