A crowded island: Taiwan’s environmental setting

1 Parts of this chapter are based on themes introduced by Williams in his 2003 study of the Taiwanese diaspora (Williams, 2003a).

2 Throughout this volume, the term ‘state’, rather than ‘country’ or ‘nation’, is used in reference to Taiwan, because of the political limbo in which the island continues to exist. Strictly speaking (at least in the eyes of a majority of the world’s governments), Taiwan is not recognized as an independent nation state, even though it functions quite effectively as one. This complex political issue is discussed in more detail later in the volume.

3 Unless otherwise noted, the statistical data for this chapter are taken primarily from the Taiwan Yearbook

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