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From Taiwan to the World and Back: A Memoir of Ambassador Fu-chen Lo

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  • 作者:Rou-jin Chen
  • 譯者:Yew Leong Lee(李耀龍)
  • 出版社:前衛
  • 出版日期:2015/04/27
  • 語言:英文
  • 裝訂:精裝
  • ISBN:9789578017665

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  A Taiwanese in the United Nations — where Taiwan could not enter, he found a way in.

  As an economic expert, he has travelled across the world whereupon he provided his expertise to a number of countries.

  He is an internationally seasoned Taiwanese, standing atop the world stage and where he conducts his exquisite performance.

  Lo Fu-chen is a Taiwanese who left his hometown far behind and made his own way into international academic elite circle. He is neither a suitcase-carrying businessman nor a diplomat dispatched by government. He is but himself.

  During the era when ROC (Taiwan) was repelled from the UN, it became isolated from international society and Taiwan’s political structure was quite enclosed. Lo Fu-chen couldn’t go back to Taiwan because of political reasons, however with a UN passport in hand, he was able to travel around the globe as a world citizen.

  By what stroke of luck did a boy born in Sakaemachi, Chiayi left home for 40 years, unable to return, yet shines so brightly from atop the world stage?

  Born in Sakaemachi, Chiayi during the Japanese colonial era, Lo went to Tokyo as an overseas student at the young age of 6. He went back to Taiwan after the war. After he graduated from college, he went to Japan to study again and eventually received his doctorate degree in Regional Science from University of Pennsylvania.

  During the 1960s, when he was working on his doctorate degree at UPenn, he joined a pro Taiwan independence march and was thus blacklisted by the KMT government ─ not only was he forbidden to return to Taiwan, but he also became a man without nationality. In the 1970s, he was recruited by the UN to work at Nogoya’s UN Center for Regional Development due to his distinguished academic performance. He helped developing countries to establish their economies. He was also invited by countries such as India, Iran, Malaysia, etc. to work as their economic consultant. For 27 years, with UN passport in hand, he flew around the world working for the well-being of the people.

  Just when he was ready to enjoy his retirement, the government in Taiwan changed hands. The new government wanted to use his connections in Japan as well as his economic expertise, and appointed him to the position of Taiwan’s top representative to Japan. His life thus took a big turn. Switching to politics at the age of 65, his greatest achievement in his 4-year term as top representative was to successfully negotiate former President Lee Tung-hui’s trip to Japan, which was indeed a great diplomatic breakthrough.

  Lo is like a versatile Renaissance-man. Other than his economic expertise, he writes poems, does calligraphy, draws, sings, and even cooks. Through his eyes and stories, we are able to take a peek into his world of the past half century.



Introduction / Eva Lou ― 10
Preface ― 15

  1. A Three-Year Old Giving Away the Bride ― 21
  2. An Aunt Becomes a Mother, a Mother Becomes an Aunt ― 29
  3. A Hundred Years Ago, Mother Was Once a Telephone Operator ― 37
  4. Father Founded a Transportation Company and Even Built Bridges ― 45
  5. A Celebrity’s Dog Caused Me to Hit My Head against the Wall ― 53
  6. Eating the Rice Sent by Wang Yung-ching (王永慶) ― 61
  7. We Owned a Lake ― 65
  8. A Six-Year-Old Overseas Student ― 69
  9. Singing at The Top of Our Voices: “Chiang Kai-shek and Soong Mei-ling Have Fled Into the Mountains” ― 75
  10. Leaving Our Homes En Masse for Schooling in a Hot Springs Resort ― 81
  11. Japanese Subjects No Longer! ― 89
  12. Learning Mandarin Chinese in Japan ― 95
  13. The Scar of the 228 Incident: A Chiayi Perspective ― 101
  14. Passing the Night on a Ping Pong Table in a Military Police Station ― 107
  15. Many Famous Classmates at National Tainan First Senior High School ― 117
  16. Shiy De-jinn ( 席德進) Was My Art Teacher ― 123
  17. Nowadays Universities Admit Tens of Thousands of Students, But in the Past They Only Took Two Thousand ― 131
  18. For Organizing a Graduation Dance, Our Class Rep Got Demerit Points ― 139
  19. Fighting for a Photo of a Swedish Actress with a Girl ― 145
  20. Learning Proper Dinner Etiquette before Going to Study Abroad ― 153
  21. I Wanted to Open a School at the Age of Twenty-five ― 159
  22. Forty-three People Secretly Becoming Sworn Brothers in a Hotel ― 169
  23. Getting Engaged During White Terror ― 175
  24. The Unbelievable Economics Department at Tokyo University ― 181
  25. American Policemen Gave Me a Lift to My Protest ― 189
  26. The Son of the British Prime Minister Mops the Floor in the US ― 197
  27. Shouting at Robert Kennedy ― 201
  28. A Letter from the Young Lee Chia-tung ― 205
  29. PhDs Take On Naval Divers at Williamsport ― 213
  30. Bringing Bananas to America ― 221
  31. Taking Classes from a Nobel Prize Winner ― 229
  32. The Magnificent Computer Capable of Processing 43K ― 237
  33. A Ph.D. Certificate that Even a Ph.D. Can’t Read ― 241
  34. My Friendship with Ikuda Kōji ( 生田浩二) ― 247
  35. Being Investigated by the FBI in America ― 253
  36. An MRT Pass for Global Travel (The United Nations Laissez-Passer) ― 259
  37. A Traveling Economic Advisor ― 265
  38. You Know that You’re Near a University if You Smell Tear Gas ― 275
  39. Half Tables at a Wedding Banquet in an Iron-Curtain Country ― 281
  40. Sounding the “Midnight Bell” at Hanshan Temple ― 287
  41. Testifying at the US Congressional Hearing ― 293
  42. Meeting Zhao Zi-yang ( 趙紫陽) and Zhu Rong-ji ( 朱鎔基) at the Beijing Conference ― 297
  43. Lugging Back Jinhua Ham from Thousands of Miles Away ― 309
  44. Lamb’s Eyes for Dinner ― 315
  45. Eating Soft-Shell Turtle ― 321
  46. Flying up Mount Everest on a Helicopter ― 325
  47. Providing Economic Data for the G7 Summit ― 331
  48. Drafting the Kyoto Protocol ― 337
  49. A “Taiwanese” Meets World Leaders from All Over ― 343
  50. Chiang Kai-shek Enlists Schumpeter as Economic Advisor ― 355
  51. When His Fiancée Called Off the Engagement, He Tore Down the House ― 361
  52. My Malay Muslim Brother ― 365
  53. A Japanese Celebrity Comes to Taiwan, Happy About Not Having to Fear Assassination ― 371
  54. My Appointment Intensifies the Awkwardness between the President and His Premier ― 377
  55. The Japanese Princess Was Forbidden to Watch Television During Her Childhood ― 383
  56. Becoming Tokyo’s Only Foreign Consultant ― 391
  57. Giving the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations A Secret Tour of Taiwan ― 395
  58. Yamanaka Sadanori’s Silver Cane ― 403
  59. Being “Smuggled” into the American Embassy ― 411
  60. Getting a Li Shih-chiao ( 李石樵) and a Grand Piano into the Taipei Representative Office ― 417
  61. The Taiwanese Rep’s American Ways ― 425
  62. Lee Teng-hui Visits Japan, to Whose Credit? ― 431
  63. A Handsome Guy Regardless of Time Period ― 439
  64. In Which Koo Chen-fu Says, “Nevermore from Taiwan will There Emerge Such a Person Again.” ― 447
  65. Being the Witness at Jason Wu’s ( 吳季剛) Brother’s Wedding ― 453
  66. Bringing Second Brother Up to Speed About My Life Abroad ― 459
Chronicles of Lo Fu-chen ― 470
List of Lo Fu-chen’s Major Academic Works ― 478



Fu-chen Lo

  Born 1935 in Sakaemachi, Chiayi, Taiwan. B.A. in Economics, National Taiwan University, M.A. in Economics, Waseda University, Japan. PhD in Regional Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

  As a distinguished economics scholar, Lo Fu-chen was recruited by the UN Center for Regional Development and the United Nations University. His books have been collected by 4709 libraries worldwide.

  Since he worked for an international organization, flying became part of his life. He toured various countries, took part in international conferences, and helped solve world economic issues. At his leisure, he savored cuisines globally, collected antique, calligraphies and paintings, and even went up Mount Everest on a helicopter. His life experience is both diverse and rich.

  He can write poems, draw, sing and cook. Had he not become an economist, he probably would become a painter, a poet or a singer.

  In year 2000, Lo gave up his US citizenship and took up the position as Taiwan’s top representative to Japan. After serving 4 years at the Represeatative Office, he charied the Association of East Asian Relations in 2004 until his retirement in 2007. He now resides in Taipei with his wife.


  Rou-jin Chen
  Rou-jin Chen was a journalist, who is now a columnist. She specializes in historic writing, and is the author of many best-selling books. She has won the Good Book Award from China Times, Best Ten Non-fiction Award from United Daily News, and Golden Tripod Awards for Publications twice from the Ministry of Culture of Taiwan.


  Yew Leong Lee
  Lee Yew Leong is the founding editor of Asymptote. He is the author of three hypertexts, one of which won the James Assatly Memorial Prize for Fiction (Brown University). He has written for The New York Times and DIAGRAM among other publications.


  Lanny T. Chen
  Once a columnist and editor of Taiwan Tribune, Lanny T. Chen now concentrates on book translation. Her works include the Chinese version of Moll Flanders (by Daniel Defoe), Alma Mahler or the Art of Being Loved (by Francoise Giroud), Forbidden Nation ─ A History of Taiwan (by Jonathan Manthrope), Formosa Betrayed (by George Kerr) etc.

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