This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Book Report: Taiwan’s Imagined Geography By Emma Tung

1787 words - 8 pages

In her book Taiwan’s Imagined Geography Emma Tung presents the history of the relationship between China and Taiwan beginning in 1683 and ending in 1895. In this work she presents and defends the crucial role of travel writing in the Qing Empire moving past seeing Taiwan as a “ball of mud” without worth to incorporating the island into the Chinese empire. The majority of the book is a summarization of the history of Taiwan after it was conquered by China, as well as the way in which travel writing was used in developing the Chinese’ early beliefs about Taiwan.
Despite having captured Taiwan the Xangqi Emperor did not feel that the island was of much use or importance. His court agreed and ...view middle of the document...

By adding Taiwan to the maps and producing more information on the island a sense of connection was created between mainland China and Taiwan. One noted example being that the mountain ranges represented a barrier between China and the rest of the world, a good defense from invasion.
As the people of Mainland China began to discover more about Taiwan the opinion that Taiwan was a mirror of ancient China began to form. This was largely in part due to the works of Chen Di, who fashioned himself as an unofficial historian. He focused on the “primitive” practices of the Island’s people – these practices where much like if not exactly like those recoded in texts such as the Shiji. Lin Qianguang on the other hand wrote about Taiwan in a positive way that painted a much better picture of the natives. No matter which text was preferred, the Chinese still went through with “civilizing” the Taiwanese. This was the act of teaching them the Confucian classics.
China never intended to permanently acquire Taiwan and continued to consider it as rather useless despite their relatively bland attempts at “Civilizing” the native people. It remained separate from China in a political sense; in fact China had only conquered a part of the island and had no intention of trying to expand to the rest of it. The land itself was harsh wilderness and the Chinese believed the natives to be “savages”, not to mention the outlaws and bandits that were able to hide easily amongst the heavy vegetation. It was because of the vast wilderness that the area was said to be untouched by humans, and map makers even left things unlabeled and without key identifying markers. However, when Lan Dingyuan arrived in Taiwan he felt that the area had agricultural potential and searched for the positive features of the land. As time passed and the land was utilized it became referred to as an “uncut piece of jade” rather than a “ball of mud”.
The customs of Taiwan were first explored in depth by Censor Huang Shujing after the Zhu Yigui rebellion. During his travels he came to the realization that the Taiwanese were not that different than Chinese people. It was his work that brought forth the question of race versus ethnicity when dealing with the Taiwanese people and their relationship to the Chinese. In this particular work Tung considers racial issues to be based off of physical differences- such as the shape of facial features and skin color- and ethnic issues to be based on culture. Both issues existed at the time, and caused great debate.
The terms “raw” and “cooked” were used to describe the Taiwanese “savages”. Those who had submitted to the authority of the Qing and abided by their rules an way of life were considered to be “Cooked”, those who had not come into contact with the Qing or who did not acknowledge the so called supreme power and authority of the Qing were considered to be “raw”. Most notably the “cooked savages” paid the Qing taxes, thus benefiting the empire despite the...

Find Another Essay On Book Report: Taiwan’s Imagined Geography by Emma Tung

Book review/report of Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan

826 words - 3 pages Book ReportThis is a book review/report for the book titled, Daughters of Eve authored by Lois Duncan, an acclaimed suspense and fiction author for young teenagers. This book was originally published in 1990 but was later edited and published in 2011 by Little, Brown Books.The content of the book does relate to the book title, Daughters of Eve, at least according to the theme of the book. The book concerns a teacher-who is advising a group/club

“Anna and the French Kiss” by Stephanie Perkins ~ Book Report

759 words - 4 pages I chose this book, because I had to do an extra credit project on one of three options. A book report was one of the options, so I chose it. I went to the library, and searched for young adult fiction books that were set in France. This book was one of the options, so I looked at the summary, and thought it would be interesting. Since it was set in France, I knew it would be a love story, which I was fine with. It sure turned out to be more

Book Report on Canon Revisited by Michael J. Kruger

1235 words - 5 pages Book Report The book entitled Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books written by Michael J. Kruger explains the canonical model by which the books of the New Testament were selected as the right word of God. The correctness of the canon has always troubled Christians; they have always wanted to know that the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are the rights ones. In his book, Kruger answers many

Book Report on Apt Pupil by Stephen King

710 words - 3 pages For my report, I read Stephen King's Apt Pupil. The unique thing about this book is that the author tries to portray evil exists more then ever. This book is also based around psychological mind games which makes it even more interesting. The theme of this book is evil, as it is portrayed in many aspects. The main points conveyed in this book are Todd's evil, the psychological games, and trust.Todd seems like an innocent young boy but as the

Book Report on Lord of the Flies by William Golding

1343 words - 5 pages Book Report on Lord of the Flies by William Golding The following report is on William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies. The book itself is 208 pages. The topics that will be covered are a brief summary, type of chronology used, evaluation of character development, type of conflicts, themes, writers styles, and personal opinions. This novel takes place on a boat like shaped island. There is a jungle, beach, and a lagoon. There are pigs

Book Report on The Mastership Game by Scott McBain

2345 words - 9 pages This book, written by Scott McBain, has an excellent cover, which like the majority of other books I have chosen for this assessment, is the main reason why I chose to read this book. The cover has a simple white background with an embedded white and grey maze in the centre. It really captures the potential reader's eye. Although you, the marker, were probably expecting a bit more depth as to the reason for choosing the books we read, I believe

"A Farewell to Arms" by Ernest Hemmingway (Book Report)

1882 words - 8 pages apart at the end of the war. The message of the book is so strong and convincing that it has kept its significance beyond its original time frame. Its analysis is of conflicts and problems caused by war is everlasting. This can be seen to this very day considering wars that we are familiar with. That is why " A Farewell to Arms" is a book of serious literature and will always find its readers.2. Summary of contents.Book 1.The first book sets the

Book Report on Blood Tracks by Karen Rose Cercone

987 words - 4 pages The book I read for my report was the mystery novel by Karen Rose Cercone, Blood Tracks. The story takes place in Pittsburgh in late November 1905. The story is portrayed in the 3rd person point of view. The main characters are Milo Kachigan, Helen Sorby, and Art Taggart. Milo Kachigan is a young Armenian detective for the Allegheny County Police Department. Helen Sorby is a radical writer and a settlement-house director in East Pittsburgh. Art

"A Book Report on A Separate Peace by John Knowles"

2221 words - 9 pages not need to feel the fear and anxiety presented in the war. The activities and games enjoyed by the students during their time at Devon proved their ignorance to the outside world and fed their illusory peace. Eventually, it had to stop, the fact that there was a world out there finally caught up to them. Summer cannot last forever winter eventually has to come. The thought of writing a book report did not appeal to me but I eventually had to

This is a book report on the book: The HitchHiker by RL Stine

1238 words - 5 pages Grade 8 Book Report The Hitchhiker By: R.L. Stine3. Give a brief description of the plot in the story: The plot in this story is based on a guy named James who has left from home in Key West (A place in Florida) he ran away for no in particular reason except that he hated living there. So he decides to hitchhike all the way up North to Tampa. Later on a couple days later he encounters someone who only

Roald Dahl's Boy, a book report . This is a book report about the book "boy" by the british author Roald Dahl

671 words - 3 pages Roald Dahl's Boy, a book report. (written in a english test in Norway)I read "Boy" by Roald Dahl. It was first published in 1984, and includes different stories and experiences from the author Roald Dahl's childhood, and some of them gave him inspiration to write books. When he went to Repton he got a free box of chocolate from a chocolate factory, if he would grade the different bites. If it had not been for this, we never would have heard

Similar Essays

Book Report Of Anthem By Ayn Rand

780 words - 3 pages Book Report of Anthem by Ayn Rand The book Anthem was written by Ayn Rand and was first published by Signet in 1961. The book was about a boy and a girl trying to find themselves. They do not follow the rules. They do the opposite of what they are supposed to do. Eventually they discover the word I, and live happily ever after. Anthem takes place in a city that is moving backwards instead of forwards. Everybody is born in the Home

Book Report On 1984 By George

1973 words - 8 pages people of Oceania involved in the party. If they were to win the war eventually the citizens would support the party for eternity but if they were to lose the people would most likely revolt. The balance of power between these 3 nations always seems to be even as the war goes on as each nation has its on protection by its geography.      Winston has been noticing that a girl has been following him lately on page 65. He

Book Report: Capitalism & Slavery By Eric Williams

1549 words - 6 pages Book Report: Capitalism & Slavery by Eric Williams "Capitalism & Slavery," (published by The University of North Carolina Press, 1994) was written by Eric Eustace Williams and first published in 1944. Eric Williams' book, was at the time of its publication, considered years ahead of its time. It should be noted, early on within this report that, literary works on the history of the Caribbean or slavery for a matter of fact, was done by

Book Report                  The Black Arrow By Louis Stevenson Is

285 words - 2 pages Book Report The Black Arrow by Louis Stevenson is about a man (name unknown) who is trying to get revenge on five men that had wronged him. He eventually kills four of them. All of his arrows were black, hence the name of the book. Later in the book he is nearly killed by a random arrow. He was attacked by the fifth person that wronged him. He was nearly killed. This book was one of the most boring books I have ever read