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Transpacific ArticulationsStudent Migration and the Remaking of Asian America$
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Chih-Ming Wang

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836429

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836429.001.0001

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Formosa Betrayed

Formosa Betrayed

Transnational Politics and Taiwanese American Identity

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(p.90) 4 Formosa Betrayed
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Transpacific Articulations
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Chih-Ming Wang

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824836429.003.0004

This chapter considers the Taiwan independence movement (Taiwan duli yundong, referred to as Taidu hereafter) which, like Baodiao, is another instance of Asia's Cold War agitations that challenged the ideological foreclosure of anticommunism. Tracking the historical development of the Taidu campaign from the late 1940s to the 1990s, and its transformation from a revolutionary struggle to a form of “civic transnationalism”—the attempt to pursue a transnational political agenda through civic participation and affirmation of ethnic identity—this chapter intends to elucidate how Taiwan's national independence is curiously articulated with the Taiwanese American identity and bespeaks the importance of student migration and diasporic activism in transforming Asian America into a transpacific cultural and political space.

Keywords:   civic transnationalism, Taiwan independence movement, Taiwan duli yundong, Taidu, Cold War, national independence, Taiwanese American identity, student migration, diasporic activism, transnational politics

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