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Orphan of Asia
Author: Zhuoliu Wu

ISBN: 9780231137263
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 17 January 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0 x 1.3
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Born in Japanese-occupied Taiwan, raised in the scholarly traditions of ancient China by his grandfather but forced into the Japanese educational system, Hu Taiming, the protagonist of "Orphan of Asia," ultimately finds himself estranged from all three cultures. Wu's autobiographical novel, completed in 1945, is widely regarded as a classic of modern Asian literature and a groundbreaking expression of the postwar Taiwanese national consciousness. Originally written in Japanese and now translated into English for the first time, "Orphan of Asia" offers a powerful depiction of the political, cultural, and psychological impact of colonialism.

"Orphan of Asia" begins during Taiming's childhood in Taiwan, which has been annexed to Japan only recently. Taiming eventually makes his mark in the colonial Japanese educational system and graduates from a prestigious college. However, he finds that his Japanese education and his adoption of modern ways have alienated him from his family and native village. He becomes a teacher in the Japanese colonial system but soon realizes that there is something seriously wrong with the status quo. He quits ...

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