My Fight for a New Taiwan
One Woman's Journey from Prison to Power
Taiwan's painful struggle for democratization is dramatized here in the life of Lu, a feminist leader and pro-democracy advocate who was imprisoned for more than five years in the 1980s. Unlike such famous Asian women politicians as Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi, India's Indira Gandhi, and Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto, Lu Hsiu-lien grew up in a family without political connections. Her impoverished parents twice attempted to give her away for adoption, and as an adult she survived cancer and imprisonment, later achieving success as an elected politician—the first self-made woman to serve with such prominence in Asia.
My Fight for a New Taiwan's rich narrative gives readers an insider's perspective on Taiwan's unique blend of Chinese and indigenous culture and recent social transformation.
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"Lu's life story mirrors the story of Taiwan as a country. Both are trying to find their way in the world and break free — one from limiting gender expectations, the other from mainland China. . . . My Fight for a New Taiwan had me cheering on [Lu] and her compatriots as they fought for the country they loved so much."—Samantha Pak, Northwest Asian Weekly
"An enjoyable narrative that captures how education and other broadening opportunities enabled the career and prominence of a smart and ambitious woman. . . . Lu's experiences highlight the fragmentation and oppressiveness of Taiwan's transitions, even as they offer hope that other Asian states might move further down the path of becoming more open societies."—Madeline Hsu, H-Asia (H-Net)
"A welcome reminder of what is possible when political leaders — government officials and antigovernment activists alike — set aside their own interests and follow the will of the people they claim to serve....Lu's engaging voice and extraordinary candor make [this] a surprising and inspiring read."—Shelley Rigger, Foreign Affairs
"[An] extraordinary record of late twentieth-century Taiwan history seen through the eyes of one of its victims, throwing valuable light on the atrocities that the present governing party might prefer [were] forgotten. . . . [The] narrative is told with disarming fluency and a rapidity that makes for breathless reading. . . . Combines historical record with a moving narrative of survival and dedication to the long-suffering people of Taiwan."—Michael Rand Hoare, China Quarterly, The
"This is a highly personal, powerful, and at times moving self-portrait by a remarkable woman whose sheer personality, determination, and courage transformed her from the daughter of a shopkeeper in Taoyuan County to the first female elected vice president of Taiwan."—Steve Tsang, University of Nottingham
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