Department of Government and International Studies
Changing identities in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou
Since the beginning of Taiwan’s democratization in the late 1980s, identities on the island have fundamentally changed. Then, most citizens of the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan’s official name, considered themselves as Chinese, and only a minority considered themselves as Taiwanese. The latter segment of the society was concentrated in and around the newly formed and legalized opposition group, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Today, the situation has reversed: fewer than 5 percent of ROC citizens regard themselves as Chinese, between 60 and 70 percent see themselves as Taiwanese, and the rest claim a double identity, both Taiwanese and Chinese....
Political identity, Cultural identity, Chinese culture, Regional identity, Identity politics, Chinese nationalism, Civics, Political campaigns, Democracy
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Taiwan and China: Fitful embrace
University of California Press
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Cabestan, Jean-Pierre. "Changing identities in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou." Taiwan and China: Fitful embrace (2017): 42-60.