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.
Minority/Indigenous Politics in the Emerging Taiwanese Nationalism
Mimetic Governmentality, Colonialism, and the State
Patrice Ladwig and Ricardo Roque
’s article in this issue serves as an example of the movement of scholarship in this direction (see also Jonsson 2010 ). Tappe reflects on the historical role of mimetic interactions with colonial rulers in shaping indigenous minorities’ political formations