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Transformation! - Innovation?
Perspectives on Taiwan Culture
editor(s): Neder, Christina / Schilling, Ines S
volume: 1
pages/dimensions: 235 pages
language: English
binding: Book (Paperback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
weight: 400g
edition: 1. Auflage
publishing date: 09.01.2003
prices: 58,00 Eur[D] / 59,70 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-04791-3
58,00 Eur

Public discourse on cultural identity was not possible on the island of Taiwan until martial law was lifted there in 1987. While until then culture had mainly been an arena for the suppressed political discourse, the demise of the oneparty reign of the Guomindang (KMT) at the end of the 20th century signified not only the transformation from an autocratic to a democratic system but also the end of the cultural hegemony of the mainlanders on the island. The transformation process paved the way for further cultural innovation, the keywords here being education reform, language debate, establishment of new academic disciplines, historiographic reconstruction etc. It has also led to a widespread discussion of a specifically Taiwanese cultural identity which is reflected in literature, language, art, theatre and film.
The international workshop “Transformation! – Innovation? Taiwan in her Cultural Dimensions”, held at Ruhr University in Bochum from March 7th–9th 2001, set out to shed new light on these issues and generated an intensive discussion of potential new interdisciplinary approaches to cultural and literary research in the field of Taiwan studies.