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Becoming "Japanese"Colonial Taiwan and the Politics of Identity Formation$
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Leo Ching

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225510

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225510.001.0001

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Entangled Oppositions

Entangled Oppositions

Affiliations, Identities, and Political Movements in Colonial Taiwan

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(p.51) chapter two Entangled Oppositions
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Becoming "Japanese"
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Leo T. S. Ching

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225510.003.0002

The historical and political nature of Taiwanese neo-nationalist thought was shortened and complicated not only by its colonial relationship to Japanese colonial power, but also by that to semi-colonized mainland China. The issue that the author addresses in this chapter is the enclosed discursive space of Taiwanese political movements in a chaotic period which ironically enabled the proliferation of political and neo-nationalist identity formations and associations. The Taiwanese identity which emerged at that time was necessarily a relation on a plurality of identifications which do not necessarily form relationships with one another, with the exception of the liberal and Marxist opposition. The primacy given to ethno-nationalism in identifying the various beliefs of Taiwanese political movements serves to deny and obscure the fundamental and contradictory class antagonism within the development of capitalism in colonial Taiwan.

Keywords:   Taiwan, colonial Taiwan, ethno-nationalism, Taiwanese political movements

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