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What's in a Name?

Melissa J. Brown

in Is Taiwan Chinese?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520231818
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927940 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231818.003.0001
What's in a Name?

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This chapter introduces the context of the debate between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China over Taiwan's identity and future. It discusses the issues of culture and identity, and explores how the legacy of the ideology of sinicization led both China and Taiwan to accept for a long time this cultural debate as synonymous with the political question of whether Taiwan should be part of the Chinese nation. The chapter also discusses the reaction of China to Taiwan's recent attempts to insert actual social experiences into the political rhetoric.

Keywords: Taiwan; PRC; identity; culture; sinicization; political question; social experiences

Chapter.  13810 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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