The change of ruling parties and Taiwan’s claim to multiculturalism before and after 2008

Nian-Tzu Cheng, Dafydd Fell

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Abstract

In recent years, female marriage migration from China and Southeast Asia has significantly increased the number of foreign-born citizens in Taiwan. This article is a preliminary investigation into howpolitical parties responded to the growing multicultural makeup of the national community between 2000 and 2012. We examine the content of the Understanding Taiwan textbook, the election publicity of the two major political parties, citizenship legislation, and the results of interviewing immigrant women. The findings show that the change
in the ruling party did make differences in terms of both parties’ projection
of immigrant women in election propaganda and citizenship legislation. However, inward-looking multiculturalism is practised by the two main political parties in Taiwan to forge national identity and enhance national cohesion rather than to promote the recognition of immigrants’ different cultural heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-103
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Current Chinese Affairs
Volume43
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Taiwan
  • marriage migration in East Asia
  • multiculturalism
  • party change
  • election advertisements

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