W A Y S O F R E M E M B E RIN G – G R E E N ISLAND AND S H A W NA Y AN G R Y AN Mark Harrison – TAASA Review December 2015


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Green Island Shawna Yang Ryan Knopf, February 2016 RRP: USD19.86 hardcover Just off the south west coast of Taiwan, facing the Pacific Ocean, is the small atoll of Green Island.

Over the four decades of Taiwan’s authoritarian rule from the 1940s to the 1980s, it was the location for a cluster of notorious prison camps that housed Taiwanese political prisoners.

Thousands of people who opposed the government of Chiang Kai-shek and the Chinese Nationalists (Kuomingtang or KMT) spent years in isolated imprisonment and an unknown number died there. Green Island (2016) is the title of a new novel by the Taiwanese-American author Shawna Yang Ryan...