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Chang, Bi-Yu (2019) 'From ‘Free China’ to Sunny Paradise: The Worlding Process in the Magazine Tourism in Taiwan (1966–1974).' In: Chang, Bi-Yu and Lin, Pei-yin, (eds.), Positioning Taiwan in a Global Context: Being and Becoming. London: Routledge, pp. 95-110. (Routledge Research on Taiwan Series)

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As a crucial part of the US-led Asia–Pacific security framework, and standing against communist expansion, Taiwan and its offshore islands acted as an anti-communist bulwark during the Cold War. Under the prevailing fear of communist infiltration at the height of the Cold War, it is somewhat surprising that the ROC authorities exerted themselves to promote international tourism and opened its door to attract international visitors. In the mid-1960s, as part of the policy to accelerate the promotion of Taiwan’s international tourism, the KMT government published Tourism in Taiwan (1966–1974), one of the most important official tourism magazines. In contrast to all its short-lived predecessors, Tourism in Taiwan mainly targeted one particular group of international visitors – i.e. the American servicemen who came under the American R&R (rest and recuperation) program between 1965 and 1972. Through careful reading of Tourism in Taiwan, this chapter reflects on the complex power relations between its many ‘authors’ in this nation-branding process and also considers how American taste and Cold War order was embedded in the building, (re)imaging, and construction of the island’s ‘tourability.’

Item Type: Book Chapters
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre of Taiwan Studies
Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
School Research Centres
ISBN: 9780367077129
Copyright Statement: © 2019 individual chapters, the contributors. This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Positioning Taiwan in a Global Context, available online:
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Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2019 15:31
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