Archives for: Celebrating Taiwan

    Posted on: 2012-02-27

Rewriting 2.28?

The long awaited “National 2.28 Memorial Museum” was finally opened in Taipei on February 28. of 2011. It is now also the seat of the Memorial Foundation of 2.28, which is responsible for handling compensations for victims of 2.28. It had long been a wish of the dependants of victims of 2.28 to visibly raise commemoration of 2.28 to the national level by establishing a National 2.28 Memorial  … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2011-07-29

Understanding present-day Taiwan

Who are the Taiwanese? Where are they originally from and what are the major trends in Taiwanese politics today? For many people in the United States and Europe, Taiwan is an unknown, faraway place.  Some older people remember it as Formosa, while for others the term “Free China” comes to mind.  During the past 30 years it has grown into an economic and technological powerhouse, and it was once … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2011-05-01

Taiwan’s ROC Dilemma – A Country that no longer exists

Taiwan is broadly considered as a hi-tech country that has created a democratic miracle during the 1990’s. However, despite this great achievement, the official name of Taiwan is still “Republic of China (ROC)”, a country that ceased to exist in 1949 when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was established. By I-Chung Lai, Ph.D. Taiwan is broadly considered as a hi-tech country that has … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2011-04-30

A balancing act increasingly out of balance

Given the immensity and proximity of the Chinese market, it would be impossible for Taiwan to ignore the elephant in the room and hope to stay afloat economically. This is something that even pro-independence governments under former presidents Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian realized long ago. By J. Michael Cole Given the immensity and proximity of the Chinese market, it would be impossible … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2011-03-19

Taiwan, understanding an Identity in Process

What is Taiwan's identity? What does it mean to be Taiwanese? At a recent conference in Taiwan, Democracy Building in Interesting Times a speaker spoke accordingly, "Here we don't have the issue of one China, two systems; we have the problem of one China and two Taiwans". Mixing humor with reality he succinctly presented the current challenge of Taiwan's identity between its growing … [Read more...]

    Posted on: 2011-03-19

Creole, Syncretic or Hybrid? Taiwan, Understanding an Identity in Process Part II

In these troubled times, Taiwanese know they are different but they may not always be able to verbalize how different they are. From the Japanese era on, Taiwanese had begun to gain a unified sense of their difference. At that time, unlike under Qing rule, the Hoklo, Hakka and indigenous people realized that they should not let outside rulers play one group against the other. They became united in … [Read more...]