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Here we look at the lives of three literary figures who have had a major impact on their respective cultures over the past one hundred years: Chung Chao-cheng and Dupan Fangge of Taiwan, and Ye Si of Hong Kong. Chung and Dupan, who are both of Hakka descent, were pioneers of Taiwan nativist literature, a movement that began during the Japanese occupation and became intensified after the Kuomintang arrived from China and assumed power on the island. Both writers had to overcome suppression of their mother tongue -- in this case, the Hakka language, carried out by both the Japanese and the Kuomintang. Like their Hong Kong counterpart Ye Si, who is of the same generation, they leave a body of work that sheds light on what it means to be Taiwanese or a Hong Konger today. 

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