Taiwan Literature under Japanese Colonial Rule


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Taiwan Literature under Japanese Colonial Rule

Curated by Huang Mei-E, Professor and Director, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University

We use the term “colonial literature” in two senses. First, it designates literature produced in Taiwan between 1895 and 1945, when the island was under Japanese rule; second, ... (Read more)

Works and Authors
The Orphan of Asia
The Orphan of Asia Wu Zhuoliu

As the fires of war engulfed colonial Taiwan in the 1940’s, Wu Zhuoliu, the “iron-blooded poet,” smuggled his secretly written novel home to Hsinchu d... (Read more)

My Lovable Enemy
My Lovable Enemy Xu Kunquan

How can your enemy be loveable? How can someone you love become an enemy? Xu Kunquan’s 1936 work My Loveable Enemy, an exploration of this paradox, ea... (Read more)

Autumn Tidings
Autumn Tidings Zhu Dianren

The setting for Zhu Dianren’s Autumn Tidings is the 1935 Exposition held in Taipei to mark the 40th anniversary of Japanese rule over Taiwan. The main... (Read more)

Burning Cheeks
Burning Cheeks Yang Chichang

Shuiyingping – the pen name of Yang Chichang – originally composed “Burning Cheeks’ (1935) in Japanese, but the poem was not translated into Chinese u... (Read more)

Crossroads
Crossroads Wang Shilang

In the mid-1930s, as the nation of Japan readied for all-out war, Japanese colonial authorities in Taiwan violently suppressed any social or political... (Read more)

Clinical Notes
Clinical Notes Chiang Wei-shui

“Clinical Notes” was originally a lecture presented by Chiang Wei-shui at the inauguration of the Taiwanese Culture Association in 1921. A revised ver... (Read more)

Head and Body
Head and Body Wu Yongfu

The title of Wu Youngfu’s “Head and Body” is a metaphor for a dichotomy – “head” represents individual consciousness and freedom; “body” symbolizes so... (Read more)

Making Trouble
Making Trouble Lai He

Lai He’s “Making Trouble” (1932) is a short story set in the Japanese colonial period. In the first half of the tale, a young man – the first-person n... (Read more)

Spring Sorrow
Spring Sorrow Qiu Fengjia

Spring sorrow is hard to dispel; reluctantly, I gaze at the mountains. Events now past have fed my fears, recalling them I fight back tears, Four mi... (Read more)

Braid
Braid Lin Chixian

Cutting the braid: like being beheaded. Hair shorn, heart torn, a sorrow hard to bear – Ashamed of my mien, the mirror dreaded, My silken robe is s... (Read more)

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