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Taiwan's ethnicities and their representation on the Internet

Taiwan's Ethnien und ihre Repräsentation im Internet
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Damm, Jens

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Abstract This paper examines various Web applications of the four 'officially' recognized ethnicities in Taiwan and aims to identify the links between information and communication technologies (ICTs), ethnic identities and issues related to Taiwanization and its contestation. To give some background, the paper introduces Taiwan's more recent multiculturalist policies, which should be seen as part of the broader Taiwanization and nation-building project. These multiculturalist/ ethnicity-related policies, directed toward the wider population as well as the specific ethnicities, are presented on the Internet by various government organizations and government-supported organizations. This paper also employs a discursive analysis of popular websites and blogs to examine the roles played by various societal and civic actors (ranging from NGOs to individuals) within Taiwan's ethnicity discourse.
Keywords Taiwan; Internet; ethnic group; ethnicity; representation; discourse; web 2.0; website; content analysis; indigenous peoples; non-governmental organization; Asia
Classification Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnosociology; Interactive, electronic Media
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical
Free Keywords Social sciences; Ethnicity; Contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 99-131
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