The Passerby at the Port of Hualien
Publisher：Unitas Publishing Co.
The book focuses on the immigrant women, capturing the important role played by women in the immigrant society that was predominately patriarchal. It tells the story of A-Yin and Chu-Mei, with the former being a illiterate, fertile woman of Hokkien decent while the latter being a sterile intellectual of Hakka decent. Arriving in Hualien from Ying-Ge and San-Yi respectively, the two women took root in the harbor city, with each finding her own way to live. They may not operate with the same mindsets that belong to the modern women. Yet they become the living manifestation of women's empowerment by working with own Chiue-Peiying hands, brains, wombs, and physical strength. Comparing to these two women who grew up in the Japanese occupation era in Taiwan,, the modern-minded woman from the metropolis, embraces the hollowness inherent in the modern life. She travels to Hualien to meet with her mother, embarking on a journey of self-reflection that also unfolds the gender development history of the Taiwanese women.
Switching between Mandarin, the Hokkien dialect, and the Hakka dialect, the writer's well-crafted proses depict the life experience and thoughts of the farmer women. With meticulous attention to detail, This simple yet profound story succeeds in recreating the vibrant ambience of the period, offering a panoramic view of the Taiwanese women who strive and thrive in a life that is filled with struggles and unexpected changes, while bringing tears to the eyes of female readers across generations.
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