Formosa Betrayed is a detailed, impassioned account of Chinese Nationalist (KMT) misrule that remains the most important English-language book ever written about Taiwan.
Author George H. Kerr lived in Taiwan in the late 1930s, when the island was a colony of Japan. During the war, he worked for the U.S. Navy as a Taiwan expert. From 1945 to 1947, Kerr served as vice consul of the U.S. diplomatic mission in Taipei, where he was an eyewitness to the February 28 Massacre and the subsequent mass arrests and executions.
As well as chronicling KMT repression during the early years of the White Terror, Kerr documents widespread corruption, showing how the island was systematically looted. The “betrayed” in the title refers not only to the crushing disappointment Taiwanese felt when they realized KMT rule was worse than that of the Japanese but also to the culpability of the American government. The United States was in large part responsible for handing Taiwan over to the Nationalists and helping them maintain their grip on power.
Formosa Betrayed has served as a foundational text for generations of Taiwanese democracy and independence activists. It has an explosive effect among overseas Taiwanese students; for many, the book was their first encounter in print with their country’s dark, forbidden history. A 1974 Chinese-language translation increased its impact still more. It is a powerful classic that has withstood the test of time, a must-read book that will change the way you look at Taiwan.
In this definitive edition Kerr scholar Jonathan Benda has added a detailed, thoroughly-researched introduction as well as a biographical sketch of the author.
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Table of Contents
The Heart of the Matter
Introduction to the 2018 Edition
Biography of George H. Kerr
Preface to the 1998 Edition
THE VIEW FROM WASHINGTON 1941–1945
I. The Cairo Declaration
II. “Island X”
THE CHINESE TAKE OVER
III. The Surrender on Formosa, 1945
IV. Americans in Uniform
V. A Government of Merchants
VI. Chen Yi’s “Necessary State Socialism”
VII. Unwelcome Witnesses
VIII. The UNRRA-CNRRA Story
CRISIS AND AFTERMATH
IX. The Formosans’ Story: A Year of Disenchantment
X. The Search for Recognition
XI. On the Eve of Disaster
XII. The February Incident, 1947
XIII. Town Meetings, American Style
XIV. The March Massacre
XV. The Aftermath
XVI. The “Reform Administration”
XVII. The Retreat to Formosa
FORMOSA BECOMES “FREE CHINA”
XVIII. Turning Point
XIX. Formosa’s “Republican Decade”
XX. Behind the Reform Facade
XXI. Two Chinas?
XXII. Free Formosa
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