Contemporary Taiwanese Cultural Nationalism (Routledge by A-Chin Hsiau

By A-Chin Hsiau

Drawing on quite a lot of chinese language ancient and modern texts, Contemporary Taiwanese Cultural Nationalism addresses diversified matters together with nationalist literature; language ideology; the crafting of a countrywide heritage; the effect of jap colonialism and the more and more strained dating among China and Taiwan. This booklet is key analyzing for all students of the background, tradition and politics of Taiwan.

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32 CONTEMPORARY TAIWANESE CULTURAL NATIONALISM Radical anti-colonialism Generally speaking, radical, left-leaning anti-colonial activists were influenced by socialism to a different degree, which had prevailed throughout the world in the early twentieth century The reformists were primarily concerned with the home rule of the Taiwanese, whom they considered an “unenlightened” part of the Han nation under the Japanese. By contrast, the radical activists viewed the Taiwanese as “a weak and small nation”—a concept typical of socialist discourse on colonized peoples—and sought their complete emancipation from colonialism.

This book argues that cultural nationalism is basically a politically induced phenomenon. The study recognizes the paramount importance of political struggle in evoking nationalism. It accepts that—as the “political competition” approach to Taiwanese nationalism shows—politics is of key importance to the development of nationalism in Taiwan’s case. The purpose of this book is not to provide a general account of either the origins of Taiwanese national sentiments or of the nationalist movement, rather, it is concerned with a primary version of the development of Taiwanese nationalism in which empowerment through cultural uniqueness has been the leitmotif.

Representing the two cultures in terms of pre-modern/modern polarity, these intellectuals have essentialized the difference between them. ” Maintaining that Chinese cultural contaminants must be purged, pro-independence humanist intellectuals display their willing embrace of the values of modernization. This kind of modernization ideology is particularly evident in postwar Hoklo language revivalists’ endeavors to create a standard writing system for this local language. A standardized Hoklo script, the revivalists believe, is vital for making the language a vehicle of contemporary collective life capable of dealing with modern science, technology, commerce, social sciences, and so on.

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