It is true that 60 years of separate rule across the Taiwan Strait since 1949 has produced some distinct cultural differences in the huge salad bowl of Chinese culture. But blood is thicker than water. While it is true that "the majority of Taiwan's citizens see themselves as Taiwanese," as pointed out by Mr. Turton, many of them also see themselves as Chinese, just like Texans are Americans and Scots are Britons. The Taiwanese won't forget their roots.Blood is thicker than water... he even uses the phrase "the collective heritage of the Chinese nation" to describe the way the idea of chunghwamintzu functions to mystically bind all Chinese together. Ma used a very similar phrase in his inaugural address.
Another point I made is that the current KMT strategy is to concede a degree of uniqueness to Taiwanese culture (alas, reality, so hard to make disappear) while handling the ugly reality of Taiwanese culture by locating it as a mere variant of the great stream of Chinese culture -- this is a deliberate political strategy whose purpose is to legitimate -- by the implicit assumption that all chunghwamintzu people belong in one polity -- Chinese control over Taiwan. Sure enough, Ting takes that exact approach in the last paragraph as well, noting mere cultural differences in the "huge salad bowl" of Chinese culture -- safely dealing with the annoying uniqueness of Taiwan culture by pushing it back into the great stream of Chinese culture. Ting's letter takes exactly the same stance that Ma does. Clearly wielders of the chunghwamintzu ideology are terrified by Taiwanese dissent from the idea that everyone of chunghwamintzu identity must be in the same polity. Ein volk, ein reich! And don't you forget it!
Reference: Dikotter's awesome book on the discourse of race in modern China is available in PDF.
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