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By A-Chin Hsiau

Drawing on quite a lot of chinese language historic and modern texts, Contemporary Taiwanese Cultural Nationalism addresses diversified matters together with nationalist literature; language ideology; the crafting of a countrywide historical past; the impression of jap colonialism and the more and more strained courting among China and Taiwan. This e-book is key interpreting for all students of the background, tradition and politics of Taiwan.

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In September 1945, Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender and accepted the provisions of the Postsdam Proclamation. ” On October 25, 1945, the KMT government took over Taiwan and the surrounding islands and on the next day announced that Taiwan had become a province of the ROC. After the outbreak of the Korean War in mid-1950, however, the United States felt the need for devising a legal basis to justify its intervention and prevent the Chinese Communists form seizing Taiwan. As a result of the initiative and influence of the US, neither the 1951 San Francisco Japanese Peace Treaty nor the 1952 Treaty of Peace between the ROC and Japan explicitly provides for the return of Taiwan to China.

16 The major parts of Hroch’s two books on this issue are translated into English and combined into one. See Hroch (1985). 17 It has to be noted that Hroch uses the term “national movement,” instead of “nationalism,” to denote the process of national formations of small, opposed ethnic groups—namely, a sequence of actions to develop a national culture, to achieve civil rights and political selfadministration, and to create their own ruling class and a complete structure of social class— in Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth or early twentieth century.

This kind of conception has engendered among non-Western 20 CONTEMPORARY TAIWANESE CULTURAL NATIONALISM nationalists a profoundly ambivalent interpretation of their own cultural legacy (Chatterjee 1986:2). In non-Western areas, cultural nationalists’ discourse on cultural distinctiveness usually involves not only criticizing inherited factors which have made their national community lag behind others, especially Western nations, but more often than not, it focuses on discovering or rediscovering cultural elements which are compatible with modernization and can equip their community for competition with others.

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