Chinese Stories from Taiwan, 1960-1970

Chinese Stories from Taiwan, 1960-1970

Chinese Stories from Taiwan, 1960-1970

Chinese Stories from Taiwan, 1960-1970

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In 1972, I edited the Chinese collection, Selected Short Stories by Six Taiwanese Writers. Two of the criteria used in my selection process were: that the writers represented be of Taiwanese origin and that their stories be a genuine reflection of the native sentiments about Taiwan.

In a way the present anthology can be considered an extension of my earlier efforts, not only because it has included five of the six stories in that collection, but also, more importantly, because it is guided by the same editorial concern that the stories reflect the Taiwanese experience. The only difference is that in this anthology the emphasis is on the authors' background and education. I have de-emphasized their geographical associations for two reasons. Firstly, I want to give a larger variety of the Taiwanese experience as felt and recorded by a larger variety of writers regardless of their ancestral origins. Secondly, as can be seen in the biographical notes preceding each story, all the authors in this anthology, Taiwanese and Mainlanders alike, have one thing in common: they were raised and educated in Taiwan in a homogeneous system, and they are all Mandarin-speaking. Under these circumstances, it is little wonder that the work of a native Taiwanese sometimes reads more like that of a Mainlander writer and vice versa. In view of this successful integration among second-generation Taiwanese and Mainlanders who were either born or raised in Taiwan after the establishment of the Nationalist Government . . .

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