Acknowledgments / Figures / Introduction / 1. Trauma and Taiwan's Melodrama: Seven Orphans of Cape No. 7 / 2. Island's Irony: Virtual Pilgrimage Circum-Taiwan in Search of the High Cs / 3. Mazu's Touch, Taiwan Nezha and Crying / 4. Globalization's Bottom: Subtitle and Switch in Wang Yu-Lin's Taiwanese Dialect Films / 5. Wet Umbrella and The White Snake / 6. Hyde-and-Seek in Asian Diaspora: Deann Borshay Liem's Negative and Ang Lee's Ventriloquy / 7. Sold Mountain: Chinese-Language Films on Shangri-La / 8. Nestle in Shalu / 9. Taiwan's English Education: A Fish with Three Heads / 10. The Fate of Accidental Taiwanese: 5 Ways to Leave Your Father / Coda: China Laying Golden Eggs / Bibliography / Index
Sheng-mei Ma is Professor of English at Michigan State University.
Sheng-mei Ma's " The Last Isle" is an engaging look at Taiwan's never-ending trauma through the lens of film, trauma, and popular culture. Ma does a masterful job of bringing together voluminous amounts of scattered information, carefully analyzed with an abundance of allusions to historical and contemporary phenomena, and presented with poetic-like prose. -- John A. Lent, International Journal of Comic Art