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Rubinstein 366 14. Literature in Post-1949 Taiwan, 1950 to 1980s Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang 403 15. Aboriginal Self-Government: Taiwan's Uncompleted Agenda Michael Stainton 419 16. Political Taiwanization and Pragmatic Diplomacy: The Eras of Chiang Ching-kuo and Lee Teng-hui, 1971-1994 Murray A. Rubinstein 436 Postscript and Conclusion Murray A. Rubinstein 481 Contributors 501 Index 505 Page vii Introduction Murray A. Rubinstein Taiwan's past is encountered wherever one travels on this small, crowded, and, perhaps, overdeveloped island.

The ceremonies celebrating the birthday of the goddess are also important events at both Lu-kang and nearby Hsin-kang, but they do not approach the size or grandeur of the event in Pei-kang. These battles for primacy are important in the lives of the Taiwanese and are linked to the process of defining a "Taiwanese" identity in the face of the claims and pressures of the Nationalist regime for a larger Han-Chinese identity. Farther to the south, at the southern tip of the island, lies Tainan and rural Page xi sites just outside the Tainan metropolitan area.

The first was founded at the turn of the century and had direct connections with the Ma-tsu tsu-miao (mother temple) in Mei-chou, the island home of the cult of the goddess. The second temple to T'ien-hou Shang-mu (the Heavenly Motherone of a number of titles given this goddess) was founded, with support from the Ch'ing authorities, in the 1780s, after the quelling of a major rebellion, one of many that the island witnessed during its first century under the Manchus. Lu-kang also hosted major Wang-yeh (Plague God) temples and the Lung-shan Tzu, a major center of Buddhist devotion.

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