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Loā Hô is known as both the ‘father of New Taiwanese literature' and ‘Taiwan’s Lu Xun'. His stories show his struggles to reject Japanese colonialism and unite the Taiwanese while working under a regime of strict censorship. He was one of the first from Taiwan to write in vernacular Chinese and Taiwanese rather than classical Chinese, and his stories display his affection for the underdog, a keen sense of humour, strong class awareness, and often a sense of hopelessness. Jailed multiple times for his views by the colonial Japanese, he died two years before Taiwan was finally free from Japanese colonialism.
Darryl Sterk, Lingnan University, has translated and researched all of Loa's 21 stories in Scale of Injustice, including extensive explanatory notes on the text. The book includes an expert introduction from Pei-yin Lin, Associate Professor at the School of Chinese, the University of Hong Kong.