SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

A Lost Generation Revisited—70 Years after the Chinese Civil War

Dr Lung Ying-tai

Date: 4 May 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 4 May 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Talk


Millions of young men in China were involved in the war against Japan during WWII and the bloody civil war which broke out right after 1945. Following the communist victory in 1949, about 2 million refugees escaped to the island of Taiwan, among whom were about 600,000 Nationalist soldiers, mostly young men in their 20s. At the same time, a large nnumber of their comrades stayed behind in China. Many of them ended up in the Korean War. 

Locked into two opposing regimes and systems since 1949, have their fates been different?

Speaker Bio

Dr Lung Ying-tai, is a celebrated writer, literary critic and public intellectual. She is one of the most read authors in the Chinese-speaking world. Having written 30 books, her critical essays are often published simultaneously in Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou and New York City. Lung's 2009 nonfiction work Big River Big Sea- Untold Stories of 1949, about the Chinese Civil War, sold half a million copies in the Chinese- speaking world. Although banned in the mainland, pirated copies of the book were hugely popular in the black market. From May 2012 to December 2014, Lung served as Taiwan's first Minister of Culture. Currently Lung is Hung Leong Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities at the University of Hong Kong.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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