J. Bruce Jacobs, Ph.D (1975, Columbia University) is Emeritus Professor of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has published many books, research articles and book chapters as well as newspaper columns on Taiwan and China.
All interested in Taiwan and many interested in China, Asia, democratization, and human rights.
From the reader's report:
“The author has given us a very, very wonderful book that many, I would hope, would read and take to heart. What he writes about is a major moment in modern Taiwan’s history and many should know it and what it has meant to the later evolution of Taiwan’s state and society—and place in the world. The book is very unique and useful piece of scholarship.”
Murray A. Rubinstein, Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead Institute, Columbia University
'Jacob’s latest effort, The Kaohsiung Incident in Taiwan and Memoirs of a Foreign Big Beard, is geared toward academics or people with a specific interest in Taiwanese history and politics who would probably find the entire book interesting or at least valuable. But the second half of the book, which contains Jacobs’ memoir, is so much more engaging, unique and personal that it could make a fun read for anybody. It is almost a shame to put it last.'
Han Cheung, Taipei Times, Sat, Aug 13, 2016
'In this slim two-part volume titled The Kaohsiung Incident in Taiwan and Memoirs of a Foreign Big Beard, Jacobs provides the context in which the events leading to the transformative incident occurred (...) Part I, which constitutes the bulk of the book, is relatively straightforward and is short enough to serve as a useful introduction for readers who aren’t familiar with Taiwanese history.Far more personal is the second part of the book, where Jacobs describes the murder of the mother and twin daughters of activist Lin I-hsiung (one of the defendants first discussed in Part I) and how the atrocity affected the author’s own safety and freedom. (...) Jacobs’ brief history of a traumatic period in Taiwan’s not-too-distant-past is a reminder that democratization is not an end state but rather a process that is never completely achieved.'
J. Michael Cole, Taiwan Sentinel (https://sentinel.tw/memoirs-of-a-foreign-big-beard/)