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The Study of Identity from Space in Shih Chu-ch'ing's Trilogy of Taiwan
|關鍵字:||Shih Chu-ch'ing;施叔青;The Trilogy of Taiwan;space;identity;ethnicity;transfer of political regimes;「臺灣三部曲」;認同;空間;族群;政權轉移||出版社:||台灣文學與跨國文化研究所||摘要:||
Taiwan's three-hundred-year history is complicated and contains influence of many cultures. Full of bitterness and tears, our ancestors came across the Taiwan Strait and tried very hard to survive and settle down in Taiwan. Taiwan's location as an important trading and political post has generated and enriched ethnic and cultural varieties throughout history. Consequently, the issue of identity has seriously concerned most of people living on the land of Taiwan. Shih Chu-ch'ing wrote “The Trilogy of Taiwan” as Taiwan's biography in hope of recording history of this island. These three novels cover the time from Ching Dynasty, the Japanese colonial period, and to the 228 Incident during the KMT governing period. In addition to depicting history in the novel form to exhibit each period's social specialties, Shih highlights Taiwanese people's identity from various points of views.
This paper examines the issues of identity from the perspective of space in Shih's Trilogy—Walking Across Luojin (2003), Dust Before the Wind (2008), and Men of Three Generations (2010). The issue of space is important in understanding “The Trilogy of Taiwan” because the people's living environments changes with time and such change often has great impact on these people in history. Particularly, time will gradually increase people's affection toward the space where they live and then change their identity.
In the first novel, Walking Across Luojin depicts the early immigrant history of the port of Luojin in Ching Dynasty. People begin to form their own identity through the changing process of Luojin and belonging of what they love. The space of Hualien in the second novel, Dust Before the Wind, represents the formation of the idea of “home” and the problems of identity, which concern different ethnicities, such as the Japanese, aborigines, and their hybrid children, in the Japanese colonial period. In the third novel, Men of Three Generations, describes the change of space of the Taipei City from the Japanese colonial period to the 228 Incident. In the changing political surroundings, men and women in the different generation have struggled and changed in confrontation of various cultural identities. “The Trilogy of Taiwan” discusses characters' lives and their movements in space to represent their identity. I hope this paper can provide the people in Taiwan more understanding of this land and cherish her.
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