Chapter

Entangled Oppositions

Leo T. S. Ching

in Becoming "Japanese"

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520225510.003.0002
Entangled Oppositions

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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

Chapter.  12082 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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