Cosmopolitanism among Empires

Shu-Mei Shih

in Visuality and Identity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780520224513
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940154 | DOI:
Cosmopolitanism among Empires

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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

Chapter.  7368 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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