Taiwan’s Colonial History and Postcolonial Nationalism

  • J. Bruce Jacobs


The claim that Taiwan belongs to China is actually very modern. After Chiang Kai-shek came to power in China, the ruling Chinese Nationalist Party (Kuomintang) displayed considerable ambivalence toward Taiwan. Some Chinese Nationalists claimed that Taiwan should be returned to the bosom of the Motherland, while others, who noted that Taiwanese had fought with the Japanese forces in China and played important roles in the Japanese “puppet” governments in occupied China, viewed Taiwan as enemy territory to be occupied and exploited.1


Qing Dynasty Chinese Communist Party Ming Dynasty Democratic Progressive Party Colonial Regime 
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