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Black in Taiwan Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: WiDOB Books; 1 edition (July 1, 1998)
  • ISBN-10: 9579727104
  • ISBN-13: 978-9579727105
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,348,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I read Paul Lejoy's book having heard it was highly critical of Taiwan's treatment of black people. This is not quite true. Although Lejoy describes some terrible experiences he or his friends have suffered there, he also makes clear why he chooses to remain in Taiwan. Plenty of white people have written about Asia, it's so refreshing to hear the voice of a black African. I live in Taiwan, and have seen certain kinds of racist behavior by Taiwanese people (usually against Thais, Filipinos and Indonesians), and have wondered why at the same time they look up to - and often fawn over - Westerners. Lejoy's book deserves to be widely read. The style of writing is a little odd, but it's digestible and most important of all, fascinating.
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By Eric Kwati on June 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished Black in Taiwan, and it was quite an easy read. I am in Montreal, Canada, and it is common knowledge here that (especially older) Chinese tend to have negative views of Blacks, and Blacks tend to avoid them accordingly, but it was very interesting to see what happens within Taiwan. Mr. LeJOY does demonstrate the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity - a girl (who doesn't have to, but) writes a letter of apology to a black man she realizes she hurt by mocking comes to mind. I wish the book had been more elaborate though.
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