FORMOSAN ODYSSEY

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Until the early twentieth century, Taiwan was one of the wildest places in Asia. Its coastline was known as a mariners&rsquo, graveyard, the mountainous interior was the domain of headhunting tribes, while the lowlands were a frontier area where banditry, feuding, and revolts were a way of life. Formosan Odyssey captures the rich sweep of history through the eyes of Westerners who visited and lived on the island &mdash, from missionaries, adventurers, lighthouse keepers, and Second World War PoWs, to students coming to study martial arts. It finishes with the story of Taiwan&rsquo,s economic miracle, the political transition from police state to vibrant democracy, and its continuing stand-off with China. The author&rsquo,s travels, made around the island in the wake of the devastating 921 earthquake, and his experiences from five years of living in a small town, provide an intimate picture of modern Taiwan. The island is a storehouse of Chinese and indigenous cultures, a fascinating mix of the new and the traditional, and likewise Formosan Odyssey is a smorgasbord of delights that both the general reader and any &ldquo,old Asia hand&rdquo, will find informative and amusing._,
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