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Island X : Taiwanese student migrants, campus spies, and Cold War activism

Title
Island X : Taiwanese student migrants, campus spies, and Cold War activism / Wendy Cheng.
ISBN
9780295752068
0295752068
9780295752051
029575205X
9780295752044
Publication
Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2023]
Copyright Notice Date
©2023
Physical Description
258 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary
"Island X delves into the compelling political lives of Taiwanese migrants who came to the United States as students from the 1960s through the 1980s. Often depicted as compliant model minorities, many were in fact deeply political, shaped by Taiwan's colonial history and influenced by the global social movements of their times. As activists, they fought to make Taiwanese people visible as subjects of injustice and deserving of self-determination. Under the distorting shadows of Cold War geopolitics, the Kuomintang regime and collaborators across U.S. campuses attempted to control Taiwanese in the diaspora through extralegal surveillance and violence, including harassment, blacklisting, imprisonment, and even murder. Drawing on interviews with student activists and extensive archival research, Wendy Cheng documents how Taiwanese Americans developed tight-knit social networks as infrastructures for identity formation, consciousness development, and anticolonial activism. They fought for Taiwanese independence, opposed state persecution and oppression, and participated in global political movements"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Taiwanese student migrants, campus spies, and Cold War activism
Other formats
Online version: Cheng, Wendy, 1977- Island X Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2023]
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
January 29, 2024
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Locating Taiwanese Americans in Global History
Infrastructures of Activism and Surveillance
A Blacker Blacklist: Genealogies of a Diasporic Taiwanese Left
Hwang Chii-ming and the Politics of Knowledge
Chen Yu-hsi and Cold War Internationalisms in Hawaiʻi
Liberalism, U.S. Innocence, and the Life and Death of Chen Wen-chen
Becoming Taiwanese American.
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