Memories of the Future: National Identity Issues and the Search for a New Taiwan

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M.E. Sharpe, 2002 - History - 285 pages
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The product of five years of North American Taiwan Studies Conferences, this book carefully analyzes the emergence of national feelings in Taiwan, its historical roots and its contemporary manifestations. It addresses questions central to the looming international issue of Taiwan/China. Part one considers the historical events that help to explain the emergence and development of a separatist, dissident discourse. The second part deals with the current issue of national identity transition in Taiwan. The final part places the national identity debate in a broader perspective by focusing on the larger issues of the maturation of the national identity question.
 

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Contents

The Taiwan Republic of 1895 and the Failure of the Qing Modernizing Project
3
The February 28 Incident and National Identity
25
Who Joined the Clandestine Political Organization?
47
The Transition of National Identity
71
The Symbolic Dimension of Democratization and the Transition of National Identity Under Lee Tenghui
73
Mirrors and Masks An Interpretative Study of Mainlanders Identity Dilemma
102
The Evolution of National Identity Issues in Democratizing Taiwan An Investigation of the EliteMass Linkage
123
National Identity and Ethnicity in Taiwan Some Trends in the 1990s
144
Taiwans Mainlanders New Taiwanese?
163
Toward a Pragmatic Nationalism Democratization and Taiwans Passive Revolution
196
The Political Formation of Taiwanese Nationalism
219
History the Memories of the Future
243
About the Editor and Contributors
253
Glossary
257
Index
263
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