The legacy of Japan's colonial past : cultural influences on Taiwanese identity and implications for cross-strait relations

Hoi Yan YAU, Heung-Wah WONG

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Abstract

In what follows, we will examine how local Taiwanese people during colonial rule where "Japanized" in some respects but displayed a form of resistance in other respects. In the post-war period and especially after Lee Teng-hui assumed office in 1988, local people even displayed a form of "resistance of culture" in their definition and understanding of what is meant by "Taiwanese culture" and "Taiwanese identity." As we shall see, Lee advocated a highly controversial thesis of "two Chinas" in 1999. We argue that this thesis was precisely a result of the "resistance of culture" displayed by local people. We conclude that the history of Taiwan in the last century should be characterized as a mixture of globalisation, cultures of resistance and "resistance of culture." More importantly, Lee's "two Chinas" thesis has become a key issue in the internal politics of the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and external politics between Taiwan and China.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe United States between China and Japan
PublisherCambridge Scholars
Pages296-319
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781443842334
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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YAU, H. Y., & WONG, H-W. (2013). The legacy of Japan's colonial past : cultural influences on Taiwanese identity and implications for cross-strait relations. In The United States between China and Japan (pp. 296-319). Cambridge Scholars.