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

Part of Stories of East and South East Asia.

Footage of the Lukang Tianhou Temple, also known as the Lukang Mazu Temple, and close ups on high relief sculptures and statues. 4:00:30:00 Mazu temple pilgrims; friezes; quiet worship. 6:27:00 Top shot off water onto headland, very misty; rocks. 8:28:00 Cement works. Bars (quick) 9:39:00 To shot rocks. Bars (quick) 14:21:00 Top shot valley and hills. 16:51:00 Misty mountain sunset. 18:14:00 Pagoda on hill. 19:45:00 Taroka top shots; river to mountain, mountain to river. 22:45:00 Taroka GV's. 24:52:00 Temple at Taroka. 25:40:00 Agriculture.

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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

Media Type


Peoples of East Asia
Agriculture and Farming
Architecture and Design
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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