A Passage to China by Chien-Hsin Tsai focuses on the literary and intellectual discourse around loyalism in colonial Taiwan. Tsai's monograph engages with the existing scholarship on colonial Taiwanese literature, but with a different orientation from such well-known works as Leo Ching's Becoming Japanese and Faye Yuan Kleeman's Under an Imperial Sun that have located Taiwanese literature and writing about Taiwan from the position of a colonial literature. Tsai focuses on the connection between Taiwanese literati, the majority of whom are of Hakka background, and a series of Chinese political formations, including the Ming, the Qing, the short-lived Republic of Taiwan, and the identity of the current government on Taiwan.

The book expands on an issue raised by David Der-wei Wang in “Post-loyalism” (in Shu-mei Shih, Chien-hsin Tsai, and Brian Bernards, eds., Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader [New York: Columbia University Press, 2013], 93–116),...

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