Mawvellous, you are really out on left field here. For a long-time foreign resident to not know that the Taiwanese have been systematically oppressed and excluded from power structures since the KMT regime installed itself here is to be deliberately obtuse. [/quote]
Maoman, I KNOW.
There was however a major shift starting from the mid-1980s. I guess a significant moment was the appointment of Lee Teng-hui as Vice-President. My point was simply that in Taiwan now, all groups are victims of ethnic prejudice and slurs. See for example DPP Presidential candidate Frank Xie’s 豬哥 comment.
You’re not making sense here, Mawvellous. You say the WSR have justified fears of future retribution and yet have done nothing wrong. Then wouldn’t they be unjustified fears?[/quote]
The WSR do not have criminal responsibility as a group, many WSR have indeed done “nothing wrong”, in fact some of them were victims of the regime themselves. However, they may have “justified fears” (at least of how they would fit into a future Hoklo state) because of their ethnic association with the previous regime.
[quote]I agree with you on the DPPs “localization” policies - they were implemented and explained poorly, and of course there was a backlash. But absolutely there needs to be a de-sinicization of Taiwan - especially in government and government businesses. China is the only enemy threatening Taiwan. China is the only enemy increasing its missiles pointed at Taiwan year by year, even accelerating under a KMT president. China is the only enemy blocking Taiwan from forging diplomatic ties with other countries. China is the only enemy keeping Taiwan from achieving its political, cultural, and economic potential. China is the only enemy marginalizing the health of Taiwanese citizens by blocking their access to and participation in the WHO. China is the only enemy.
Why the HELL then, does Taiwan have a Chinese Nationalist Party, a China Airlines, a China Telecom, a China Post, etc? I understand why these appellations made a certain kind of sense in 1960. But in 2009, they’re ridiculous. Shame on the Chinese Nationalist Party. Shame on them for sweeping under the carpet their Raison d’être: a unification of China and Taiwan. Shame on anyone who pretends otherwise.[/quote]
That is such a confused argument.
China is a divided state (like East and West Germany or North and South Korea). True, the enemy in the past was the People’s Republic of China. However the “China” is Chinese Nationalist Party, China Airlines, China Telecom and China Post have nothing to do with the People’s Republic of China.
Taiwan most certainly is not part of the PRC. It does however have a Chinese cultural heritage. While I welcome efforts to promote local culture and language, I do not think it is necessary to systematically “de-sinicize”. China is after all very much a part of Taiwan’s past and present.
De-sinicization has other problems. It says to the WSR minority (who may still regard themselves as Chinese), that they their identity is “outside” that of the state. It also raises the question of what replacement identity you create, can anyone agree on what being “Taiwanese” actually means? Why should it exclude the possibility of being Chinese at the same time?
Feiren-also look forward to your reply.