Two Trees Make a Forest: On Memory, Migration and Taiwan
I have learned many words for 'island': isle, atoll, eyot, islet, or skerry. They exist in archipelagos or alone, and always, by definition, I have understood them by their relation to water. But the Chinese word for island knows nothing of water. For a civilisation grown inland from the sea, the vastness of mountains was a better analogue: (dao, 'island') built from the relationship between earth and sky.
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Two Trees Make a Forest: A Story of Memory, Migration, and Taiwan
Jessica J. Lee
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