Serial Saturday: Some Thoughts "On Murder In Kinmen"
So, here's the full story on Murder In Kinmen:
It started life as a Theme Thursday response- the theme was Vulnerability and when I started kicking around ideas about how I wanted to approach that, for some reason the idea of geography lodged in my brain. The Cold War is over, so you can't use places like West Berlin or anything like that, but surely, there must be someplace where the residents have to live with or at least be comfortable living with vulnerability.
For some reason, I remembered learning about one of the innumerable crises in the Taiwan Straits and especially the standoff of Quemoy and Matsu. I assumed that they were under Chinese control for some reason, but I checked a map and to my astonishment, they remain under Taiwanese sovereignty even today. So imagine then, living in a place like Kinmen- which isn't a way out to sea and just close to China, like Mainland China is right there. Check out this map:
Can you imagine that? Being that close to a rising superpower with a large and bellicose military that wants to forcibly incorporate you back into China as a whole? What must that feel like? Do you just deal with it and get on with life? Everything on the other side of that red line is the Republic of China. Still, think it doesn't seem that close? Check out the real-world shot: