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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

(p.51) chapter two Entangled Oppositions
Becoming "Japanese"

Leo T. S. Ching

University of California Press

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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