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Taiwanese Identity in a Global Context: Young Taiwanese Sojourners in Sweden

Sun, Tien-Mu LU (2013) SIMV10 20131
Graduate School
Abstract
While Taiwanese identity within a political or economic China-Taiwan framework has been extensively investigated, Taiwanese identity in a global context is relatively unexplored. This paper studies how young Taiwanese sojourners in Sweden encounter their identity when they are outside the physical borders of Taiwan and what it means to be Taiwanese in the globalized world. 14 in-depth interviews were carried out for examining how young Taiwanese interpret their everyday life in the world and their position in it. The results suggest that, due to Taiwan’s ambiguous political status, Taiwanese often encounter misrecognition or nonrecognition by others in an international environment, and such experiences have made Taiwanese identity into an... (More)
While Taiwanese identity within a political or economic China-Taiwan framework has been extensively investigated, Taiwanese identity in a global context is relatively unexplored. This paper studies how young Taiwanese sojourners in Sweden encounter their identity when they are outside the physical borders of Taiwan and what it means to be Taiwanese in the globalized world. 14 in-depth interviews were carried out for examining how young Taiwanese interpret their everyday life in the world and their position in it. The results suggest that, due to Taiwan’s ambiguous political status, Taiwanese often encounter misrecognition or nonrecognition by others in an international environment, and such experiences have made Taiwanese identity into an active fact for them. While Taiwanese are constructing Taiwaneseness, they face the fact that they are not the only authors of their own country and identity. China/Chinese as their significant other plays a crucial role in constructing Taiwanese identity. These young Taiwanese sojourners have been through continuous negotiations of their identity, which is a process within power relations. This dialogical process not only reflects who they are and their position in the world, but also attests to the contextuality and fluidity of identity. The results also have implications for the future of Taiwanese international position, and for the constant negotiation of the China-Taiwan relation. (Less)
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author
Sun, Tien-Mu LU
supervisor
organization
course
SIMV10 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Taiwanese, Identity, globalization, Taiwan, China.
language
English
id
4004369
date added to LUP
2013-09-03 08:15:28
date last changed
2013-09-03 08:15:28
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  abstract     = {While Taiwanese identity within a political or economic China-Taiwan framework has been extensively investigated, Taiwanese identity in a global context is relatively unexplored. This paper studies how young Taiwanese sojourners in Sweden encounter their identity when they are outside the physical borders of Taiwan and what it means to be Taiwanese in the globalized world. 14 in-depth interviews were carried out for examining how young Taiwanese interpret their everyday life in the world and their position in it. The results suggest that, due to Taiwan’s ambiguous political status, Taiwanese often encounter misrecognition or nonrecognition by others in an international environment, and such experiences have made Taiwanese identity into an active fact for them. While Taiwanese are constructing Taiwaneseness, they face the fact that they are not the only authors of their own country and identity. China/Chinese as their significant other plays a crucial role in constructing Taiwanese identity. These young Taiwanese sojourners have been through continuous negotiations of their identity, which is a process within power relations. This dialogical process not only reflects who they are and their position in the world, but also attests to the contextuality and fluidity of identity. The results also have implications for the future of Taiwanese international position, and for the constant negotiation of the China-Taiwan relation.},
  author       = {Sun, Tien-Mu},
  keyword      = {Taiwanese,Identity,globalization,Taiwan,China.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Taiwanese Identity in a Global Context: Young Taiwanese Sojourners in Sweden},
  year         = {2013},
}