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Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan; Scenics (East coast)

Part of Stories of East and South East Asia.

Scenics from the east coast of Taiwan: smokestacks; headlands across water; high angle, Yin Yang sea; copper pollution. Yehlin-type formations; splashes low angle, reg; Headlands; high angle splashing. Video edited from original source tape to isolate supplemental footage (B-roll).

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Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan

Scenics (East coast)

Program Description

Weaving personal testimonies with rare archival film, this documentary examines the forces that have shaped the past and present of the tiny island 90 miles off the shores of China -- forces that continue to make Taiwan vulnerable to major power confrontations in the near future. The rare footage -- carefully stored and preserved over the years in a major film archive in Taiwan -- is a critical element of this program, which begins in 1895 as the Sino-Japanese war was ending in victory for Japan.



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Raw Footage

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Environmental Issues - Pollution
Peoples of East Asia
Global Affairs
Vecchione, Judith (Producer)
Wren, Deborah (Narrator)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan; Scenics (East coast),” GBH Archives, accessed March 3, 2024,
MLA: “Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan; Scenics (East coast).” GBH Archives. Web. March 3, 2024. <>.
APA: Tug of War: The Story of Taiwan; Scenics (East coast). Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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