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Is Taiwan Chinese?The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities$
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Melissa Brown

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231818

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231818.001.0001

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“Having a Wife is Better than Having a God”

“Having a Wife is Better than Having a God”

Ancestry, Governmental Power, and Short-Route Identity Change

(p.134) Chapter 4 “Having a Wife is Better than Having a God”
Is Taiwan Chinese?

Melissa J. Brown

University of California Press

This chapter aims to reconstruct short-route identity change in Taiwan. It discusses historical references to marriages that occurred between Han and Aborigines in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries together with evidence of the overwhelmingly male immigration from China and the rapid growth of the Han population in Taiwan. The analysis suggests that discrepancies between Dutch- and Zheng-period census figures not only support the idea that mixed-ancestry descendants of plains Aborigines did indeed take the short route to Han, but also imply that changes in governmental power, rather than intermarriage itself, spurred the identity change.

Keywords:   identity change, Taiwan, Han, Aborigines, male immigration, China, mixed-ancestry descendants, intermarriage

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