Rights to Recognition

Minority/Indigenous Politics in the Emerging Taiwanese Nationalism

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Author: Kun-hui Ku 1
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  • 1 National Tsing Hua University kunhui.ku@gmail.com
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The demand for rights to recognition among the indigenous activists in Taiwan was part of a larger movement for democratization before the lifting of martial law and was supported by international concurrence. The transfer of power from the Nationalist Party (KMT) regime to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) marks a rising consciousness of Taiwanese nationalism. By examining public discourses/rituals and the debates about the organizational reforms, I show how the changing perceptions and status of the indigenous population within the state are used to legitimize the new national identity. By examining the political processes involved in the politics of recognition, on the other hand, I also explore how the indigenous activists exploit to their advantage opportunities that have arisen during the national restructuring.

Social Analysis

The International Journal of Anthropology


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