Taiwan - The Israel of the East: How the US, China, and Japan Influenced the Forming of a New Nation Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
On October 25, 1947, the United States government helped the Chinese Nationalist Party, Kuomingtang (KMT) President Chiang Kai-Shek flee the overwhelming communist forces. President Chiang established the new democratic government known as the Republic of China on an island later to be known as Taiwan, previously a major trading center called the “the beautiful isle” or Formosa. Parallel to the formation of the Republic of China on Taiwan, Israel was being established from Palestine as a result of creating a nation for Jewish refugees and displaced people following the Holocaust during the Second World War. While there have been a lot known about the conflicts between the Palestinians and Israelites over land and discussions on the plights that the people faced, little is known about the natives of Taiwan who were forced to give up their land and under constant occupation from the Dutch to the Japanese to the Chinese.
This audiobook will not only uncover the history of Taiwan and its ethnographic changes under the occupations of multiple foreign nations utilizing a variety of old books written by European explorers and missionaries who were stationed on Taiwan, both European and Asian, over the course of 300 years, as well as using declassified CIA documents to reveal the impact of the United States’ role, particularly the involvement of the CIA, in helping assist the Kuomintang (KMT) in establishing their new democratic government. During the multiple occupations, the native population faced catastrophic repercussions from these foreign nations. From Japanese to the KMT, the massacres of thousands of Taiwanese were recorded, but are not widely known or understood. The 2-28 incident by the KMT led to the death of tens of thousands of Taiwanese to the forced subjugation and exploitation by the Japanese which also led to the deaths of thousands of Taiwanese due to forced labor or other acts of slaughter towards them. This audiobook will not only account for the transformation of Taiwan in the eyes of the colonizers but understand the detrimental impact that the reshaping caused.
The controversy of Taiwan follows its history into modern-day politics as well as its identity. Given the role of the United States in its founding years, it is unclear to many whether the nation of Taiwan was declared as an official nation or if it is a colony belonging to China or the United States. This audiobook examines the role of Taiwan and its history and identity of its people.
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|Listening Length||2 hours and 11 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||10 July 2020|
|Publisher||Pacific Atrocities Education|
|Best Sellers Rank||
139,816 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
26 in History of Taiwan
98 in Japanese History (Audible Books & Originals)
125 in Chinese History (Audible Books & Originals)
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The author can clearly write, and has the ability to sum up historical ideas concisely and clearly. But this book should not cost £8- it ought to be two or three pounds, and honestly, I still probably wouldn't buy it. If you know nothing about the region and just want a very brief introduction, this book might be for you. Otherwise, steer clear.
Reviewed in Italy on 10 March 2021