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Author Gates, Hill.

Title Chinese Working-Class Lives : Getting by in Taiwan.

Published Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (271 pages).
Series The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues Ser.
Anthropology of Contemporary Issues Ser.
De Gruyter Open Access eBooks
Contents Chinese Working-Class Lives; Contents; Preface; A Note on Chinese Romanizations; 1. Introduction; 2. Fieldwork in Taiwan: Becoming a Little Chinese; First Encounters; Collecting Life Histories; â#x80;#x9C;What Is an Anthropologist, Anyway?â#x80;#x9D;; Fieldwork and Politics; Becoming a Little Chinese; 3. An Island of Immigrants; Prehistoric and Aborigine Settlement; The Taiwanese: Pioneers from South China; The Japanese: Taiwan as a Sugar Colony, 1895-1945; The Coming of the Mainlanders, 1945; 4. The Changing Political Economy under the Nationalists; Economic Development; Ethnicity and Social Class.
Repression and Resistance5. Working for a Living; Business and â#x80;#x9C;Bitter Laborâ#x80;#x9D;; Guo A Gui: â#x80;#x9C;People Have to Have Fun, Too!â#x80;#x9D;; Lo A Lan: The One Who Was Sold; 6. Home and Family; Zhang Xiuzhen: Immigrant Cook; Zhang Zhengming: Air Force Loyalist; 7. Women and Men, Old and Young; Kang Weiguo: Old Bachelor Soldier; Ong Siukim: A Mother after All; 8. Folk Religions, Old and New; Go Cala: Temple Master; Kho Teklun: Saved by the Buddha; 9. Education, the Great Escape; Lim Fumiko: Japanese Girl, Chinese Woman; 10. Conclusions; Source Materials on Taiwan; References; Index.
Notes Map of Taiwan and East China.
Summary Taiwan's working class has been shaped by Chinese tradition, by colonialism, and by rapid industrialization. This book defines that class, explores that history, and presents with sensitive honesty the life experiences of some of its women and men. Hill Gates first provides a solid and informative introduction to Taiwan's history, showing how mainland China, Japan, the convulsions of twentieth-century wars, and the East Asian economic expansion interacted in forming Taiwanese urban life. She introduces nine individuals from Taiwan's three major ethnic groups to tell the stories of their lives in their own words. The narrators include a fortuneteller, a woman laborer, and a retired air force mechanic. A former spirit medium and a janitor are among the others who speak.
Other author De Gruyter Online issuing body.
Subject Working class -- Taiwan.
Taiwan -- Social life and customs -- 1975-
Taiwan -- Social conditions -- 1975-1988.
Electronic books.
ISBN 1501719912
9781501719912 (electronic bk.)
Standard Number 9781501727900