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Lee Teng-hui and Taiwan's Quest for Identity

Authors: Tsai, S.

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The book is an account of Taiwan's evolving national consciousness told through the biography of its former President Lee Teng-hui - the central figure in the island's political transformation over the past two decades. In describing the broader historical and social context of the various stages of Lee's life, the book also analyzes Taiwan's own evolution during the past century as a Japanese colony, a Leninist party-state dictatorship, and then an American-inspired fledgling democracy. The book explores such questions as: Is Lee Teng-hui an opportunistic recidivist who is interested only in his own self-preservation, or is he a hero who not only propelled Taiwan into a new era, but also constructed a new national identity for the islanders? Are the multi-ethnic islanders culturally 'Chinese' or are they 'Taiwanese'? Is Taiwan historically and politically part of 'China' or does it have its own history and identity, and deserves international recognition as an independent sovereign country?

About the authors

HENRY TSAI is Professor of history and Director of Asian studies at the University of Arkansas, USA. He is author of four books on Chinese history, all published by university presses.

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"Lee's story is fascinating and his historical importance is undeniable. In a highly readable and well-researched account, Tsai provides a rich description of Lee's cultural, political and historical milieu. Because Lee's journey is also the story of modern Taiwan, this is a political biography that chronicles a nation's recent history and gives great insight into today's Taiwan politics and the present difficulties of Taiwan-China relations." - Denny Roy, author of Taiwan: A Political History (Cornell University Press, 2003)

"Tsai's fascinating, richly detailed biography imbeds Taiwan's Lee Teng-hui in an eighty-year transition from Japanese colonial rule until Lee's election as president of China's first democracy in 1996. Tsai portrays this creative, energetic leader as brilliantly compartmentalizing his beliefs and sentiments, yet always the hands-on leader who never spins out of control as he adapts from one set of circumstances to another, relentlessly changing Taiwan's political life beyond all previous recognition." - Ramon H. Myers, Senior Fellow Emeritus, Consultant, Hoover Institution on War, Revolution & Peace, Modern China Archive and Special Materials


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Taiwan at the Birth of Lee Teng-hui

    Tsai, Shih-shan Henry

    Pages 1-25

  • The Japanese Education of a Taiwanese Economist

    Tsai, Shih-shan Henry

    Pages 27-45

  • Clenched in the Jaws of War and Massacre: Lee Teng-hui’s Sorrowful Years, 1944–47

    Tsai, Shih-shan Henry

    Pages 47-68

  • The Making of a Scholar

    Tsai, Shih-shan Henry

    Pages 69-90

  • Lee Teng-hui’s Conversion to Christianity and Kuomintang

    Tsai, Shih-shan Henry

    Pages 91-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lee Teng-hui and Taiwan's Quest for Identity
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4039-7717-5
DOI
10.1057/9781403977175
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7056-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 271
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