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Harrison bargains a brand new, serious method of realizing the formation of Taiwan's identification. It applies modern social idea and historiography to a wealth of element on Taiwanese politics, tradition and society.

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By M. Harrison

Harrison bargains a brand new, serious method of realizing the formation of Taiwan's identification. It applies modern social idea and historiography to a wealth of element on Taiwanese politics, tradition and society.

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20 Duara is using the same Derridean argument applied in chapter 1, but in a slightly different way. Although he does not concentrate on names as the foundation of collective identity—we are ultimately just what we call ourselves—he is suggesting that identity is a form of meaning that only becomes possible with the differentiation between two possible identities. Therefore, for Duara, identity is ultimately relational, and is created in the moment in which one group defines itself in opposition to another.

His three sources are—the famous nationalist text by the Marxist historian Shi Ming, Taiwanren sibainian shi (Four Hundred Years of the History of the Taiwanese People),38 George Kerr’s 1965 account Formosa Betrayed,39 and Douglas Mendel’s Politics of Formosan Nationalism,40 from 1970. Gold’s discussion of 2-28 is, therefore, constructive of the Taiwan idea in the context of the contemporary development studies against which he was writing, as well as against much of the academic work on Taiwan in English and Chinese, which, with the few exceptions such as Mendel and Kerr, had not dealt in detail with the 2-28 Incident up to that point.

Supported Nationalist government on Taiwan was recognized as the legitimate government of China, and held the China seat at the United Nations and the UN Security Council, while the Communist government of the mainland was excluded from international bodies and not recognized by many governments around the world. S. observers at the time recognized the absurdity of nonrecognition of the PRC and understood the hypocrisy of supporting a dictatorial regime on Taiwan called Free China in the name of democracy and freedom.

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