By J. Thomas Rimer
Presents tale outlines, authors' biographies, and counsel for studying fifty chosen works of eastern literature from the classical and glossy classes.
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Hence the farmers themselves had to increase their productivity to ensure they could meet their tax liability. The reforms were a success. By 1905, the colony had become financially self-supporting, and was exporting 90 per cent of its sugar crop and a fifth of its rice, almost all to Japan. These early reforms set a pattern that was to distinguish Taiwan's experience of colonisation from that of many other primary product producers in the developing world. It remained first and foremost a nation of smallholders, rather than a plantation economy managed by expatriate Geography and Early History 29 bosses representing colonial or multinational interests.
They could not own land. The tough, physically quite large Hakka had begun to drift to Taiwan at the time of their twelfth-century migration. They were joined by a steady stream of migration from coastal Fujian, of a people known as the 'Hoklo'. They spoke Fujian dialects, and lived in traditional Fujian style. Finally, a third group of Chinese immigrants, from Guangdong province, settled in the port towns, thus in general keeping a distance from the land jealousies that fuelled Hakka-Hoklo conflict.
The Hakka's origins are not entirely clear. They seem to have migrated from northern and central to southern China during the twelfth century, but to have retained a separate language and cultural identity. They were subject to discrimination, even persecution, on the mainland. Only with the reign of the first Ch'ing Emperor K'ang Hsi were they allowed to hold jobs in the civil service. They could not own land. The tough, physically quite large Hakka had begun to drift to Taiwan at the time of their twelfth-century migration.
A Reader's Guide to Japanese Literature by J. Thomas Rimer