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Early Nationalist Rule, 1945–1967

Andrew D. Morris

in Colonial Project, National Game

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262799
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520262799.003.0004
Early Nationalist Rule, 1945–1967

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The Chinese Nationalist Party took over the Taiwanese government in the year 1945. The nationalists set to narrow the Taiwanese culture of its Japanese legacies while simultaneously restoring an essential and timeless Chinese culture, which the Taiwanese people most likely had been longing for half a century. The people, who arrive in Taiwan as part of the Nationalist movement, understood how difficult this transformation was going to be. The Taiwanese who are still grateful to their Japanese teachers, and friends could not have understood the weight of the Nationalist complaint against the defeated Japanese enemy. Policies of “de-Taiwanization” were enforced, authoritatively degrading any distinctively Taiwanese customs. These policies were designed to squeeze the bud of any heretical links between a culturally distinctive and politically separate Taiwan.

Keywords: Chinese; de-Taiwanization; Taiwan; policy; separation

Chapter.  12930 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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