Barbarian at the Gate

From the American Suburbs to the Taiwanese Army

by T.C. Locke

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Barbarian at the Gate: From the American Suburbs to the Taiwanese Army is the unique account of ex-American T.C. Locke, who finds himself called up for two years of compulsory military service in the ROC (Republic of China) army.

It’s an intimate and brutally honest look at Taiwan’s military by an unlikely outsider. From the surprisingly tough boot camp training we follow him through numerous difficulties and challenging assignments, and see the reluctant conscript develop a feeling of belonging and a surer sense of himself. Of his service he says: “I wouldn’t do it again. But I did learn a lot, and I don’t regret it.”


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