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An Imperial Past
Mr Huang, 83, is a member of a fast-disappearing generation in Taiwan. Not, as you might first think, as someone who remembers the Japanese era first-hand, but rather as someone who was as assimilated into Japanese culture and life as a Taiwanese person could be. When Japan’s nascent colonial age came to an end in 1945 with the end of the Second World War the last Japanese Governor-General of Taiwan, Ando Rikichi, signed the document of surrender in the presence of Chen Yi, sent from mainland China to take over Governor Ando’s post. At this point Mr Huang, a native of Zhanghua County, was not even in Taiwan. “I was in medical school in Tokyo at the time. Of course, supplies were scant bec...
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Driving Me Insane
by Hartley Pool
“Left…LEFT!” I screamed, as sure as I’ve ever been of anything that we were about to be pulped by a Taipei City bus, which had suddenly decided to pull out from the stop without looking where it was going. For an instant it seemed to exude a casual kind of malevolence, about to broadside us without so much as a howdy-doody - then it was somehow in front of us. And I was in trouble again. “Don’t shout!” shouted Anita, my Taiwanese wife. “He was going to crash into us!” “No he didn’t.” “No, I know he didn’t, but he nearly did.” “But he didn’t.” I couldn’t argue with that, which is almost always how these things end – probably because I’m usually wrong. Or just too stupid to win. Anita had b...
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An Imperial Past
by Andrew Bullen
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Mr Huang, 83, is a member of a fast-disappearing generation in Taiwan. Not, as you might first think, as someone who remembers the Japanese era first-hand, but rather as someone who was as assimila...

Driving Me Insane by Hartley Pool

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