Democratizing Taiwan by J. Bruce Jacobs

By J. Bruce Jacobs

Taiwan--together with India, Japan and South Korea--is one among merely 4 consolidated Asian democracies. Democratizing Taiwan offers the main finished research of Taiwan's peaceable democratization together with its prior violent authoritarian studies, management either inside and out of doors executive, renowned protest and elections, and constitutional interpretation and amendments. utilizing huge box learn together with the behavior of many interviews with executive and celebration leaders, newshounds, teachers and a large choice of voters over a long time in addition to great learn into files, newspapers and educational learn, Professor Jacobs presents many new insights into Taiwan's democratization. He additionally analyses components within which Taiwan maintains to stand problems.

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The japanese and kuomintang colonial regimes 29 Japanese were attempting to assimilate the Taiwanese (and the Koreans) with their kōminka 皇民化 policies aimed at changing Taiwanese into “true Japanese” with Japanese ways and Japanese names. ” Yet, in the words of a Taiwanese scholar written almost forty years ago during the height of the KMT colonial dicatorship, the Taiwanese political movements did help preserve “the cultural identity of Formosans ... and they helped Formosans to learn about the many hitherto totally alien concepts of democracy, such as home rule, popular election, and universal suffrage.

134. 23 Edward I-te Chen, “Formosan Political Movements Under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1914–1937,” The Journal of Asian Studies, XXXI, no.  493–494.  44, 103. 25 Taiwan lishi nianbiao (Suoyin) 台灣歷史年表 (索引) [Chronology of Taiwan History (Index)], vol.  231–233. ct Node=3473&CtUnit=802&BaseDSD=24&mp=1. 27 A list of all CEPD Chairman (and their predecessors) can be found at http://www. sNo=0000119&key=&ex=%20&ic=&cd=. 28 Lan Yiping 籃一平, “Minzhuhua jiu shi Taiwanhua 民主化就是臺灣化 [Democratization is Precisely Taiwanization],” Minzhuren 民主人 [The Democrat], no.

23–77 and (3) Harry J. Lamley, “A Short-lived Republic and War, 1895: Taiwan’s Resistance Against Japan,” in Taiwan in Modern Times, ed. T. Sih (New York: St.  241–316.  118–119.  116–117. the japanese and kuomintang colonial regimes 27 Originally, many people believed that the Japanese colonial ­experience on Taiwan was much more benign than in Korea. Taiwan was Japan’s first colony and the Japanese, wishing to impress the West with their colonial capabilities, attempted to establish a “model” colony.

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