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By Barbara E. Reed, Barbara E. Reed Gary Marvin Davison

Taiwanese society is in the course of a tremendous, interesting attempt to outline itself, trying to erect a modern identification upon the basis of a hugely specified heritage. This booklet presents an intensive evaluate of Taiwanese cultural lifestyles. The advent familiarizes scholars and readers with the island's key geographical and demographic positive factors, and offers a chronological precis of Taiwanese background. within the following chapters, Davison and Reed exhibit the distinctiveness of Taiwan, and don't current it easily because the laboratory of conventional chinese language tradition that a few anthropologists of the Nineteen Fifties during the Seventies sought while mainland China used to be now not obtainable. The authors study how spiritual devotion in Taiwan isn't the same as China in that the chosen deities are these so much proper to the wishes of the Taiwanese humans. Literature and paintings, fairly of the 20 th century, replicate the Taiwanese quest for identification greater than the grand chinese language culture. The Taiwanese structure, fairs and rest actions, track and dance, delicacies and style, also are highlighted themes. the ultimate bankruptcy offers the latest information about young ones and schooling, and explores the significance of the Taiwanese kinfolk within the context of significant relationships among pals, pals, and associations that make up the social universe of the Taiwanese. this article is a full of life remedy of 1 of the world's such a lot dynamic societies.

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The Qing ruled Taiwan with increasing 14 CULTURE AND CUSTOMS OF TAIWAN vigor in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 22 Whereas Qing administration expanded and intensified as the eighteenth century wore on, Chinese rule traditionally penetrated only thinly below the county level, and on the frontier control over the populace, exercised by the county magistrate, was tenuous. In governing the territory for which he was responsible, the county magistrate depended on cooperation of the locally powerful.

The aborigines had no draft animals or plow agriculture. They raised dogs, pigs, and chickens; hunted deer and wild boar with bows and arrows, snares, and iron-tipped spears; and fished the rivers and coastal waters using basket traps, nets, and derris poison. The material culture of this aboriginal population would over the years demonstrate a range of styles suggesting interaction with cultures on the Southeast China mainland, Vietnam, and the Philippines. C. , these people were using iron forges with bellows of a type associated with the contemporary cultures of Indonesia.

104–34. 15. , p. 139. 16. This capsule summary of the essential elements of Chinese culture is our own. For a discussion of the Qing dynasty debates on what do with Taiwan, see Shepherd, pp. 137–42. 17. See both table and text in Shepherd, p. 161. 18. See Shepherd’s maps on pp. 196–97, 200–201, and 202–3. For a complete discussion of ongoing administration and debates during the Qing dynasty, see pp. 178–214. 19. See Shepherd, pp. 239–307, for a full exposition of aborigine land rights under the Qing.

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