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Rose, Rose, I Love You

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Wang Chen-Ho (1940–1990) was one of Taiwan’s leading authors of popular fiction and was also known as one of the most prolific writers of satire of his time. Considered to be a part of the “back to the roots” movement of the 1960s and 70s, Wang’s popularity stemmed from his ability to intricately weave vernacular dialogue into his writings, creating prose recognizable and accessible to a wide variety of people. His razor wit and keen eye for irony in everyday life in Taiwan make his writings appear caustic and sly, while at the same time revealing the human frailties, idiosyncrasies and contradictions that abound in a society shaped by a wide range of cultures, languages and political influences.