WWII Archive

  • When the KMT called the shots in the Philippines (review of ‘Diasporic Cold Warriors’ for Taipei Times)

    When the KMT called the shots in the Philippines (review of ‘Diasporic Cold Warriors’ for Taipei Times)

    The following book review appeared in today’s Taipei Times.  In 1950, the overseas Chinese community of the Philippines numbered 230,000 — just over 1 percent of the country’s population. This made it among the smallest overseas Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. In comparison, Thailand had more than 3 million Chinese residents that same year. Yet, […]

    Read More

  • Amidst Ukraine’s broad steppes: three views from a warzone

    Amidst Ukraine’s broad steppes: three views from a warzone

    The following piece appeared in today’s Taipei Times: It wasn’t until 7am that Masha Gorenkova realized something serious was up. The first explosion had woken her at 4:30am, and several more had occurred in the interim; but like most of the neighbors in her Kyiv apartment block, she hadn’t twigged. Given the tone of inevitability […]

    Read More

  • Chiang Kai-shek’s Politics of Shame (review for Global Asia)

    Chiang Kai-shek’s Politics of Shame (review for Global Asia)

    The following book review was published in the December, 2022 issue of Global Asia: “To the statesmanship, vigor, and personality of this one man more than any other single factor must be the credit for having realized this ideal … of a free and democratic China,” wrote H.H. Chang in a 1944 biography of Chiang […]

    Read More

  • Ritual humiliation (review of ‘Chiang Kai-shek’s Politics of Shame’ for Taipei Times)

    Ritual humiliation (review of ‘Chiang Kai-shek’s Politics of Shame’ for Taipei Times)

    The following book review appeared in today’s Taipei Times:  Few historical revisionists can have been as audacious as Grace C. Huang in comparing Chiang Kai-shek (蔣介石) to Mahatma Gandhi. Yet, not only does Huang attempt the parallel, she makes rather a good case for it. Previous studies of leadership, Huang writes, have “tended to portray […]

    Read More

  • In Trump we trust

    In Trump we trust

    The following feature appeared in today’s Taipei Times: Taipei rally sees eclectic gathering united in support of outgoing US president Things get off to strange start as the gathering on Ketagalan Boulevard takes shape from 1:30pm on Saturday. A gathering of pro-Taiwan independence groups and activists marching in support of outgoing US President Donald Trump […]

    Read More

  • End of an era: Cartier-Bresson and the cross-strait diaspora

    End of an era: Cartier-Bresson and the cross-strait diaspora

    The following essay appeared in the December issue of University of California Press’ Afterimage magazine. The pdf is embedded here as the piece is behind a paywall online. (Use the scroll bar on the right-hand side to flick through the pages). 

    Read More

  • Seeing past Taiwan’s identity politics: a review of ‘The Great Exodus’ for Global Asia

    Seeing past Taiwan’s identity politics: a review of ‘The Great Exodus’ for Global Asia

    The following article appeared in the December issue of Global Asia magazine: Many China watchers see it as only a matter of time before Xi Jinping makes his move against Taiwan. The Hong Kong crackdown, the coming Biden presidency and the distraction of the Covid-19 pandemic, not to mention Xi’s own statements on the matter: […]

    Read More

  • Finding compassion for refugees: a review of ‘The Global Exodus’ for Taipei Times

    Finding compassion for refugees: a review of ‘The Global Exodus’ for Taipei Times

    The following review appeared in today’s Taipei Times: With calls to grant political asylum to Hong Kong dissidents, Taiwan’s refugee law has been in the spotlight recently. Exhibitions, workshops and presentations on the issue have been organized by NGOs and activists. However, absent from the discussion has been an examination of the role of refugeeism […]

    Read More

  • Flight of the Aztec Eagles: When Mexico bombed Taiwan

    Flight of the Aztec Eagles: When Mexico bombed Taiwan

    An abridged version of the following article appeared in yesterday’s Taipei Times:  “Stand up anyone who didn’t learn anything just now,” says Michael Hurst. Nobody moves from the seats they’ve been glued to for the past 90 minutes. “I certainly learned a whole lot,” says Hurst, director of the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society. “But […]

    Read More

  • RSS Global Voices Taiwan Feed