AC通信 No. 5062014/07/27
［AC通信：No.506 Andy Chang （2014/07/26）
[AC論説] No.506 良書紹介：「台湾の戦い」
今年の春、「台湾の闘争：台湾人の声」(Taiwan’s Struggle: Voices
of Taiwanese. \ISBN 978-1-4422-2142) と言う本がアメリカで出版
された。ほんの編集者はShyu-tu Lee（李学図）とJack F. Williams
Book Review: Andy Chang
“Taiwan’s Struggle: Voices of the Taiwanese.” Shyu-tu Lee and Jack F.
Williams., Editor. Publisher: Roman &Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland.
Taiwan’s status is very complex. It has a strong economy with leading technologies
in electronics and bio-science. Taiwan is one of the “four little dragons” of Asia
with worldwide commercial relationships. It has a high living standard, is a close
trading partner of the U.S. and many other countries. On the other hand it has been
deemed as a non-country; only 23 countries have official diplomatic ties with
Taiwan. Although the United States broke diplomatic relations with the Republic
of China (ROC), Taiwan’s ruling government, the United States maintained strong
ties with Taiwan.
For over sixty years China has shown hegemonic ambitions to annex Taiwan.
Strategically Taiwan is at the center of “the first island chain,” which is the key
position for China to expand its power to the Pacific. The Taiwan Strait is a major
shipping channel with 38% of world’s commercial ships passing through it daily. If
China annexes Taiwan this Strait will be under China’s control and freedom of
passage will be under the control of China. Jay Tsu-yi Loo, a distinguished fellow
of the International Assessment and Strategy Center, informs readers of China’s
intent not only to satisfy long-held irredentist aspirations of Taiwan, but also to gain
control of the Taiwan Strait sea lanes and expand its power in Asia. He states that
the freedom and stability of Taiwan is essential to East Asia and U.S. national
Yet with such complex situations, world interests seldom hear the voices of
Taiwanese. Economically, Taiwan is important to the world but politically it is
treated as a pawn in Sino-American relations. The Taiwanese are peace-loving
people. Taiwan is not a part of China, and people should not mistake the Taiwanese
as Chinese. The Taiwanese want to build their own autonomous country as
Taiwan, a democratic nation. Taiwan is an active participant in world affairs and the
voices of the Taiwanese must be heard.
This book, “Taiwan’s Struggle: Voices of the Taiwanese,” is an important collection
of articles written solely by Taiwanese. The editors Shyu-tu Lee and Jack F.
Williams have worked tirelessly to collect 22 papers written by representative
Taiwanese. The purpose of this book is to show who the Taiwanese people are,
what they wish for their future, and the importance of Taiwan in the world. This
book is a vital reading for people to understand the struggle of the Taiwanese to
establish their identity, and the significance of democratic Taiwan in the free world.
The book has four parts. In Part I: Society and Identity, there are nine papers
describe Taiwan’s history, identity, cultural difference between Taiwan and China,
and their struggle against Chinese rulers.
In Part II: International Status, there are five essays discussing the status of Taiwan;
Taiwan as an autonomous nation, not a part of China, and the importance of
Taiwan’s freedom to the security of the United States of America. Although
Taiwan is politically and economically important to the world the importance has
been down played because of the U.S’s ambiguous policy.
In Part III of the book: International Relations, five essays describe how Taiwan has
been treated as a pawn in Sino-American relations. Despite the struggle and will of
the majority of Taiwanese citizens for autonomy, China and Taiwan’s ruling Kuo
Ming Tang (KMT) party have colluded together to advance a conspiracy to annex
Taiwan. One interesting essay by professor Joseph C. C. Kuo describes China is
like a “black hole,” as it tries to swallow Taiwan; and the U.S. acting like a “mystery
power” preventing the black hole from swallowing it.
In Part IV: Economy, Technology, and Environment, three essays describe
Taiwan’s economy, technology development and its influence to the environment.
The purpose of this book is to let the world know that Taiwan is not the People’s
Republic of China (PRC). Taiwanese are peace-loving, intelligent people who
wish to be recognized as such, and to govern their own country autonomously. The
threat of China to annex Taiwan is real and significant. The Taiwanese are currently
ruled by KMT Chinese who help the PRC’s ambition to annex Taiwan. This book
describes the struggle of the Taiwanese against Chinese dictatorship and for their
efforts to build an independent democratic nation.
Taiwan has been used as a pawn in Sino-American relations and the voices of the
Taiwanese people have been suppressed. “Taiwan’s Struggle: Voices of the
Taiwanese” opens the reader to the struggle for Taiwanese independence over the
past 70 years; to sympathize with their voices and to help establish a free nation
ANDY CHANG received a doctorate in Geophysics (Seismology) from Rice
University, and worked in the fields of seismic exploration, earthquake monitoring
and acoustics. After his retirement he became a Japanese columnist specializing in
Taiwan issues; regularly publishing at his own Japanese website AC通信
(http://www.melma.com/backnumber_53999.) He also publishes in the
Chinese column (紅柿専欄.) He is also a member of Taipei Haiku Society.
Score!： 99 点