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Visuality and IdentitySinophone Articulations across the Pacific$
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Shu-mei Shih

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224513

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224513.001.0001

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Cosmopolitanism among Empires

Cosmopolitanism among Empires

(p.165) 6 Cosmopolitanism among Empires
Visuality and Identity

Shu-Mei Shih

University of California Press

This chapter analyzes one ethically responsible form of cosmopolitanism from the margins that defies regulative logics and politics of transnational recognition, and also seeks to establish Sinophone culture as but one aspect of Taiwan culture. Oral, written, and visual languages of Taiwan's multiculture exhibit the Sinophone's resistance to China-centrism on the one hand, while also showing how the Sinophone transitions to the Taiwanese on the other. Their constitutive relationship is a relationship between part and whole. The discussion sets up two frameworks: one is that of empire and imperialism, and the other that of cosmopolitanism.

Keywords:   transnational recognition, cosmopolitanism, Sinophone culture, Taiwan culture, imperialism

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