Leiden: Brill, 2016, xii, 178 pp., €82 (hb).In the modern political history of Taiwan, 2017 marks a number of important observances. It has been 70 years since the 2–28 Incident (a violently suppressed anti-government uprising), and 30 years since the lifting of martial law. The intervening 40 years witnessed enormous change on the island, though the documenting of this change has for the most part been focused on the island’s economic and political transitions. During the 1950s, Taiwan underwent multiple land reform and community development programmes, principally under the aegis of the Sino-American Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction. The notion of ‘developing agriculture by virtue of industry and fostering industry by virtue of agriculture’ had, by 1961, led to two four-year economic plans. The period between 1963 and 1973, considered ‘a golden age’ of economic growth in Taiwan, saw the island become one of the four Asian tigers (the others being South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong). This economic success story, often referred to as the ‘Taiwan Miracle’, arguably aided the island in its transformation towards a liberal democracy.This economic shift, which opened up more opportunities within the labour market, sparked a significant rise in social mobility. By the
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