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Program Title: Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan
EASC Code: CT-03
Series Title:
Region/Country: Taiwan
Language: English
Subject: History, Politics & Law
Program Type: Documentary
Media Type: VHS
Producer: PBS
Release Date: 1998
Running Time: 90 min.
Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: "Weaving personal testimonies with rare archival film, this video examines the forces that have shaped the past and present of the tiny island 90 miles off the shores of China - forces that continue to make Taiwan vulnerable to major power confrontations in the near future. The rare footage - carefully stored and preserved over the years in a major film archive in Taiwan - is a critical element of TUG OF WAR, which begins in 1895 as the Sino-Japanese war was ending in victory for Japan. As part of the settlement, China gave up Taiwan to Japan; the program examines how the 50-year period of Japanese rule shaped Taiwan. When the Japanese were defeated in 1945, the Taiwanese were delighted to return to China - "the motherland." But the harsh Chinese rule, a massacre by Chinese troops, and finally the arrival of Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist government in 1948 left Taiwan in chaos. TUG OF WAR shows how Taiwan's experiences continued to diverge from the mainland's in the Korean War, in the Taiwan Strait crises of the 1950s, and as the United States decided in 1979 to "normalize" relations with the People's Republic of China while 'de-recognizing' the Republic of China on Taiwan."
Data Entry Date: 1/27/1999