Overseas Connections

Mahlon Meyer

in Remembering China from Taiwan

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083862
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209091 | DOI:
Overseas Connections

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Follows the lives of those “left behind” by the retreating Nationalist armies who were essentially tortured by the communist regime for their entire lives simply because they had blood relatives who were members of the enemy regime and lived on Taiwan. After fifty years of separation, the relatives — sons, daughters, children — returned to find their relatives left behind only to find emotionally crippled, blighted, angry human beings dreaming not of reunification but of returning to a greater glory now gone forever. Both sides now identify themselves as Chinese but only because both sides have become rich. Yet beneath that is a hollowness surrounding the debate of what happened to Chinese culture that is still unanswered after a century and a half. In this void, both sides begin to come together still carrying on the search that now defines them as Chinese, the hollow memory of past greatness, the search for a clue to a memory that they have already forgotten. A new sense of being Chinese.

Keywords: Memory; Overseas connections; Nanjing; Taiwan; Qingdao

Chapter.  18713 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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