Why Taiwan Matters PDF ´ Why Taiwan eBook Î

  • Hardcover
  • 211 pages
  • Why Taiwan Matters
  • Shelley Rigger
  • English
  • 01 April 2017
  • 9781442204799

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Why Taiwan Matters Fascinating introductory book on Taiwanese history covering all the way up to modern politics 2012 I ve been looking for an English book on Taiwanese history for a while that would have filled in the gaps of the lack of my Taiwanese education Shelley Rigger paints a beautiful exposition with a lot of depth and color to understand where Taiwan is today without sensing any particular personal leanings or biases.Some broad concepts I ve learned Understanding the Republic of China s early history 1945 1960 s given the context of the Chinese Civil War How Taiwan transitioned from an authoritarian regime to a democratic one with zero bloodshed The factors contributing to the Taiwan Economic Miracle Understanding how modern Taiwanese cultures are shaped by its history How modern Taiwan navigates the political ecosystem to maintain its de facto autonomyReading this book made me feel in touch with my roots and heritage I Written By A Leading Expert On Taiwan, Why Taiwan Matters Offers A Comprehensive And Engaging Introduction To A Country That Exercises A Role In The World Far Greater Than Its Tiny Size Would Indicate Shelley Rigger Explains How Taiwan Became Such A Key Global Player, Highlighting Economic And Political Breakthroughs So Impressive They Have Been Called Miracles She Links These Accomplishments To Taiwan S Determined Society, Vibrant Culture, And Unique History Drawing On Arts, Economics, Politics, And International Relations, Rigger Explores Taiwan S Importance To China, The United States, And The World Considering Where Taiwan May Be Headed In Its Wary Standoff With China, She Traces How The Focus Of Taiwan S Domestic Politics Has Shifted To A Taiwan Centered Strategy All Readers Interested In Asia And International Affairs, As Well As Travelers To The Region, Will Find This An Accessible And Entertaining Overview, Replete With Human Interest Stories And Colorful Examples Of Daily Life In Taiwan Been working on this one for a while Shelley Rigger is a professor at Davidson College This book was a gift form a mutual friend Brad Bromstead, in large part, because of my interest in history in general and in Taiwan specifically, because my son Tripp was born in Taiwan The book is Author Shelley Rigger is a professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College in North Carolina who has studied and made multiple trips to Taiwan over the course of three decades, so it s safe to say she has the credentials and experience to write a book about Why Taiwan Matters, boldly subtitled Small Island, Global Powerhouse Drawing from years of interviews and conversations she herself conducted, as well as respected studies, articles, and reports, Rigger has successfully consolidated matters of the country s history, politics, economics, culture, and even geography into less than 200 pages.From the culturally rich and diverse population and how to define China, to the symbolic importance of Taipei 101 and Taiwan s standing as proof of the feasibility of democracy in an Eastern country, Rigger provides useful information to demonstrate the complex relationships Taiwan has outside of and within its borders.One excerpt that adequately illustrates the importance and paradoxical nature of the island is as follows Taiwan s square mileage puts it 138th in the world, smaller than Switzerland but bigger than Belg An interesting perspective from an individual who has visited Taiwan over multiple years There are also some interesting youtube videos by the author She has developed a love for Taiwan and for its people.Good to read A good introduction to Taiwanese history, politics and culture though I often sought depth than what was presented here That said, it provided good background for my upcoming trip to Taipei Recommended. Really interesting introduction to Taiwan s history culture Enjoyed it a lot

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