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Identity in the Shadow of a GiantHow the Rise of China is Changing Taiwan$
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Scott Gartner, Chin-Hao Huang, Yitan Li, and Patrick James

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781529209877

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529209877.001.0001

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The Problématique of Taiwanese Identity

The Problématique of Taiwanese Identity

(p.43) 3 The Problématique of Taiwanese Identity
Identity in the Shadow of a Giant

Scott Sigmund Gartner

Chin-Hao Huang

Yitan Li

Patrick James

Policy Press

This chapter evaluates the secondary literature with regard to understanding the context for contemporary cross-Strait relations. Following the review of academic studies, the chapter shows an evolving identity for the people of Taiwan, which includes both ethnic and institutional elements. In peeling back the layers of Taiwan's identity choice, the chapter begins to uncover how and why Taiwanese identity is highly political and increasingly convergent with the changing tides of political support on the island. The chapter then shifts to cover the politics of Taiwanese identity and assess the impact of the rapid ascent of China to world power status. It then turns to how the People's Republic of China (PRC) exerts pressure on Taiwanese identity. The chapter examines the closely related elemental role that Taiwan plays in relation to the Mainland, and the nexus of the United States, PRC and cross-Strait relations.

Keywords:   cross-Strait relations, Taiwanese identity, politics, China, People's Republic of China, United States

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