Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 289
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2005
"Cultural, Ethnic and Political Nationalism in Contemporary Taiwan offers timely discussions on important changes in today's Taiwan. Having situated Taiwan in a global context and characterized the "bentuha" as a nationalist endeavor, the contributors of this volume examine carefully the island's colonial legacy, post-colonial experience and ongoing confrontation with mainland China. Their studies provide not only valuable and up-to-date information on Taiwan but also interesting and insightful perspectives on the persistent influence of nationalism and colonialism in this postcolonial and globalizing world." - Q. Edward Wang, Rowan University
"This book provides its readers with an assessment of the cultural and ethnic variables that help answer the question whether or not Taiwan should and/or will become part of China. This is a very critical question: The "Taiwan issue" constitutes a seemingly non-negotiable matter between the world's sole superpower, the United States, and the region's fast rising power, China; the result is that the Taiwan Strait is the world's number one "flashpoint" (or place where a conflict might occur with major powers employing weapons of mass destruction). Starting with the basics may be the key to finding a solution to prevent that." - John F. Copper, Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee "The first volume in any language to comprehensively address the theme of indigenization in Taiwan, Makeham and Hsiau s work probes the various meanings of bentuhua from an array of interdisciplinary perspectives. This is a set of nuanced, historically-informed readings that treats an incendiary topic with temperance and sophistication. - Christopher Lupke, Washington State University
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