The Newsletter 59 Spring 2012

From colonial site to cultural heritage. Rethinking postcolonialism and decolonization in Taiwan

Lung-chih ChangMin-Chin Kay Chiang

The island of Taiwan, formerly known as Formosa, is part of the chain of islands lying along the Asian continent in the Pacific Ocean. Originally inhabited by Austronesian indigenous peoples, Taiwan became a Chinese immigrant frontier in the seventeenth century and has since witnessed different regimes, including the Dutch (1624-61), the Koxinga (1662-83), the Qing (1684-1894) and the Japanese empire (1895-1945). Unlike many former colonies in Asia, Africa and Latin America, Taiwan’s decolonization process after the Second World War was first disrupted by the Chinese Civil War and then the Cold War.

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