I typed in taiwanese identity in the Search function, limiting the search to the Taiwan Politics forum, and got 101 matches (I don’t know whether all of them were good matches).
I would enjoy a discussion of what this means, that is, a discussion of what it means to be Taiwanese. Obviously (to me at least), such a discussion is going to involve some traits that are common to other cultures or countries, other Asian countries (especially China, HK, Singapore, Japan), and even traits that are common to all countries. To me, it’s perfectly OK to talk about Taiwanese identity without reference to other cultures, but I would also like to hear what anyone has to offer in the way of Taiwanese traits that are unique to Taiwan, or near-unique.
I’m also especially interested in hearing about what traits the Taiwanese people might have that would distinguish them from mainlanders, including Fujianese and Hakka on the mainland.
I’m also interested in the Taiwanese political culture and what makes it different from other cultures, especially other Asian political cultures, even non-democratic ones. Even in non-democratic societies, people have expectations of their national and local political leaders. Along those lines, I often wonder what Taiwanese expect of their political leaders, and not just national ones. What makes them angry with their politicians, happy, etc.? And speaking for myself only, because I’m from a part of the world (Louisiana) which is known for, let’s say, a free-wheeling way of conducting political business, I don’t think my conscience can be terribly shocked by anything posted.
I realize that this probably has to involve generalizations and that, since the topic is subjective, there may be disagreement.
I personally have begun to suspect that the Taiwanese are significantly different from other cultures, including those on the mainland, but my opinion doesn’t count for much because: (a) I’ve only been here since August of 2002; (b) I’m not as involved as I should be by now with Taiwanese society ; and © I’ve never lived on the mainland (not that not having lived on the mainland should stop other posters from airing their opinions on this topic).
And while I’d be interested in hearing anyone’s opinion, I’m also interested (very much so) in what Taiwanese and Taiwanese-born persons have to say.
Note to mods: I picked this forum for the topic because of the recent discussion here of Taiwanese identity. I think the topic has a great deal of relevance to Taiwanese politics.