Transnational Politics and Taiwanese American Identity
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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