Recommended Reading for Understanding Taiwan's Culture

On Taiwan
History of Missions

  • From Far Formosa - George L. Mackay orig. 1896, Reprinted 2002, S.M.C. Publishing Inc., Taiwan, ISBN 957-638-072-3
    Read about the first missionary work among the Taiwanese Hoklo and Aboriginal tribes in North Taiwan in the 1800's

Taiwan's Political History and Background

  • Formosa Betrayed - George H. Kerr © 1965, 2d Ed. 1992, 2005, pub. Taiwan Publishing Co.
    If you want to understand why Taiwan is in the strange state of "unrecognized" sovereignty, and why there is a sharp divide between pro-China "pan-blue" and pro-independence "pan green, read this heart-wrenching account of the post-WWII Taiwan where Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalist Party siezed control, corrupted and subverted the government and massacred thousands of Taiwanese who sought to object to the corruption.

Current Culture, Politics, etc.

  • Heijin: Organized Crime, Business, and Politics in Taiwan - Ko-lin Chin © 2003 M. E. Sharpe, Inc. ISBN 0-7656-1220-8
    Read how the corruption legacy of the Nationalist Party's forty years of military dictatorship has led to many of today's links between public officials and organized crime.


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11/29/2006