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The great exodus : sojourn, nostalgia, return, and identity formation of Chinese mainlanders in Taiwan,.. Yang, Meng-Hsuan 2012-12-31

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     THE GREAT EXODUS: SOJOURN, NOSTALGIA, RETURN, AND IDENTITY FORMATION OF CHINESE MAINLANDERS IN TAIWAN, 1940S-2000S by MENG HSUAN YANG B.A., York University, 2003 M.A., The University of British Columbia, 2005  A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in The Faculty of Graduate Studies (History)  THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA (Vancouver) August 2012  © Meng Hsuan Yang, 2012  Abstract In the late 1940s and the early 1950s, the world witnessed a massive wave of political migrants out of mainland China in the wake of the Nationalist debacle and the Chinese Communist victory. Approximately 900,000 to 1 million people followed Chiang Kai-shek’s regime across the sea to Taiwan. Most were low-ranking Nationalist soldiers and civil servants. There were also refugees from different walks of life, ordinary people drawn into the vortex of the Chinese civil war and ended