|[a] Background RF|
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|[b] Blue RF|
And that "blue" is not always what we think, either. Sometimes inspiration strikes, and one almost knows that it's going to be good, that it will be relevant event decades later. As we've seen, some fieldnotes seem fairly ho-hum when written, but take on added significance as conditions change in the place being studied, in academic discourse, or even in the perspective of the aging anthropologist. If there is a lesson so far in these fifty-plus posts, it is that it is always better to keep writing. Something will get traction.
|[c] Everything RF|
Let's take a look at these matters.
 The situation mentioned in the note below has changed markedly, and the elections of 1985 played a significant early role in those changes. Note as well that the outside world has changed a great deal, too. The rhetoric of "Free China" and "how the U.S. lost China"—a kind of Cold War rhetoric that was prominent in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s—has faded considerably, if not completely. In 1985, its melodic strains were weakening. This note captures a bit of that fading anti-communist imagery.
|[d] Outside RF|
Despite its reputation with anti-Communists abroad as “Free China," the Republic of China on Taiwan is an authoritarian political system—a one party state with an extremely limited political opposition. The island of Taiwan is ruled by the Nationalist party (Guomindang) of Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-shek), who served as president on Taiwan from 1949 until his death in 1976. The remainder of his term was served out, in accordance with the constitution, by the vice president, whereupon, in 1978, he was succeeded by his son and heir apparent Jiang Jingguo. Thus, for practical purposes, the Republic of China on Taiwan has been ruled by two men, father and son. The relation to Chinese dynastic succession is obvious; like an emperor, the elder Jiang was the ultimate authority under his domain.
|[e] Domain RF|