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Tracing "Taiwanization" processes in Taiwanese presidential statements in times of cross-strait rapprochement

Ablauf des "Taiwanisierungsprozesses" in den Statements des Präsidenten in Zeiten der Annäherung an China
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Lams, Lutgard; Liao, Xavier Li-wen

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Abstract Over the last few decades, Taiwanese society has witnessed processes of localization/ Taiwanization/ de- and re-Sinicization (Sinification), all vying for legitimacy. These trends in the nation-building process are played out on the state as well as the civil society level. It can thus be useful to examine whether societal (de-)localization trends are paralleled in any ideological repositioning of official and/ or media discourses after a change in ruling party. The current article investigates an important discursive site in Taiwan's public space, the presidential discourse of the new Kuomintang (KMT) (Guomindang) era, starting from the inauguration address by President Ma Ying-jeou (Ma Yingjiu) on 20 May 2008.
Keywords Taiwan; China; bilateral relations; national identity; nationalism; Asia; state formation; party system; nation; language; politics; Democratic Party (USA); discourse; symbolic politics; ethnic origin; cultural factors; globalization
Classification Political System, Constitution, Government; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Method empirical; qualitative empirical
Free Keywords Social sciences; Political science; Identity; Nation building; Presidential systems; Contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 63-98
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 40 (2011) 1
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works