This is an article written by a Taiwanese, targeted towards people of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) 中華人民共和國 (please bear this in mind as you read through the article), and it strives to let everyone understand why we Taiwanese don’t identify with “Chinese” or don’t want to be associated with the Chinese identity. I thought the article, despite its daunting length, is fair in many perspectives, and is very helpful in explaining the relationship between Taiwan and China and how Taiwanese people feel about China, not just in the political context. So here I translated the Chinese version into English. If you find any mistakes, feel like some part could be translated better, or are confused about something, feel free to leave a comment. The original text in Chinese does not contain any external links, I added them here because not everyone is familiar with all the event and incidents mentioned in the article. View original Chinese text.
Additional reading: Do Taiwanese people feel Chinese?
Just to clarify some of the abbreviations and terms used in this translation:
PRC = People’s Republic of China 中華人民共和國, Mainlanders = citizens of PRC
ROC = Republic of China 中華民國, people of Taiwan = citizens of ROC
(For more information on the differences between PRC and ROC, please read Taiwan the Complicated.)
Written by Keng-Wei Chang 張耕維 Edited by Ko-Ching Chiang 蔣可竟
“Why is it that whenever we are interacting with Taiwanese people, we always feel like they don’t think they are Chinese?”
“Why do Taiwanese people get angry when we say that they are also Chinese?”
“Why do Taiwanese people dislike China so much?”
These are probably the most common reactions mainland Chinese people have when they interact with someone from Taiwan, and they are always confused: why don’t Taiwanese think they are also Chinese? This is different from what they learned in school, where it is written in the textbooks that “we [Chinese] are connected to our Taiwanese brothers and sisters by blood.” Why is it that people of Taiwan don’t identify with “China” NOW, even though just two decades ago most Taiwanese still considered themselves to be Chinese? This article will try to explain the reasons of the dramatic change occurred to the identity of Taiwanese people. However, it is important to recognize the important yet confusing concept of that this change in identity is not the same as supporting the so-called “Taiwan Independence“, they are two completely separate issues. Continue reading “Why don’t people of Taiwan identify with “China” NOW? — Taiwanese Perspective”