Taiwanese Skin, Chinese Masks: A Rhizomatic Study of the Identity Crisis in Taiwan

Che-ming Yang


Viewed from some postcolonial/postmodern perspectives by employing mostly the micropolitics of Homi Bhabha’s and Gilles Deleuze (and other theorists who hold similar conceptions), whose major common interest lies in dismantling the myth of establishing an imagined community by retrieving a shared national history/culture and assuming ethnic purity, this paper seeks to explore the paradoxical aspects of Taiwan’s quest in her decolonizing progress for a “collective” national/cultural identity. Besides, this paper compares mostly Taiwan’s decolonization process with South Korea’s because of their similarity in territorial division due to some civil wars and the intervention of external powers (e.g., the former Soviet Union and U.S.A.). By so doing, this paper aims to propose some solution to Taiwanese’s dilemma in constructing a “collective” national /cultural identity.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ach.v1n2p49

Asian Culture and History   ISSN 1916-9655(Print)   ISSN 1916-9663 (Online)

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