Changing identities in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou

Jean-Pierre Cabestan*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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....

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTaiwan and China
Subtitle of host publicationFitful Embrace
Place of PublicationOakland, California
PublisherUniversity of California Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780520968707
ISBN (Print)9780520295988
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Political identity
  • Cultural identity
  • Chinese culture
  • Regional identity
  • Identity politics
  • Chinese nationalism
  • Civics
  • Political campaigns
  • Democracy


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