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The Soul of Jade Mountain By Husluman Vava

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The Soul of Jade Mountain

Foreword

Taiwanese literature, like its history, reflects the island’s hybrid ethnic diversity and unique culture. Due to its geographical proximity to the Chinese Empire, Taiwanese literature has been greatly influenced by the ancient tradition of classical Chinese literature.

In 1895, Taiwan’s fifty-one years of Japanese colonial rule began. During this period, the groundwork for the development of modern Taiwanese literature was laid. The end of World War II also meant the end of Japanese rule, but it was not a time of peace for Taiwan, which found itself caught in the escalation of the Cold War. The result of this was thirty-eight years of martial law. However, through political activism and the persistent efforts of the Taiwanese people who sought to revolutionize and refine the island’s political system, martial law ended in 1987 and the island was transformed into Asia’s most liberal country, and one with a strong, democratic political system. The struggle for democracy also set the tone for increased responsiveness and acceptance in the literary sphere.

As such, it is important that the world learns about the distinctive brand into which Taiwan literature has evolved. This book is part of the Literature from Taiwan Series, which comprises a varied selection of