Sorry, been busy. But with the semester over... oh heck, I'll still be busy. But let me sneak in a blog post...
The Taipei Times reports on NCCU's survey, which probably underestimates the numbers:
The university’s Election Study Center poll showed that 60.6 percent of respondents regard themselves as Taiwanese, while 23.9 percent support Taiwanese independence.If you go to the main page, you'll soon find that the NCCU format uses the choices of unification, maintain status quo, independence, or no answer. The "maintain status quo" types are largely pro-independence and see the status quo as the best form of independence they can get at the moment. Hence, the actual support for independence is closer to 70%.
About this fact:
Meanwhile, the number of respondents identifying themselves as Chinese was more than 20 percent in 1992; was first exceeded by the number who self-identified as Taiwanese in 1995; fell to less than 10 percent during the DPP administration from 2000 and 2008; and dropped to less than 5 percent after the KMT returned to power in 2008, the center said....my friend Donovan Smith observed that since a large number of those identifying as Chinese must be the imported Chinese wives of locals, the actual number of Taiwan-bred individuals identifying as Chinese is tiny.
- DON'T MISS: Lovely shot from space of night view of Taiwan facing the Chinese coast, with fishing boats lighting up the ocean, from NASA. Absolutely stunning
- Great hike to Jiuhaocha village.
- China growls at Missouri over legislative resolution on Taiwan
- Great BBC report on China's artificial islands in the South China Sea
- DPP to form cross-strait committees in the cities.
- Jobless rate falls below 4%.
- Chinese spies expand operations in Taiwan (Defense News)
- Ko promises to go after the brutal pro-China protesters in front of 101
- The college golden age is officially over: 78 departments to close in 2015
- Taiwan's National Development Council to sink $80 million into venture capital funds
- Solidarity with the polls on the legislative by-election
- Not linked: Prosecutors hit Chen Shui-bian with money-laundering charges. When will the persecution stop?
- We are recruiting for our MA in Taiwan Studies: http://www.soas.ac.uk/taiwanstudies/mataiwanstudies/ If you know of suitable candidates, please do encourage them to apply. I've also attached our latest flyer which introduces our courses and programme.
- We have another very rich programme of events this term, including a special edition launch, book launch and a series of documentary film screenings with director Q&As.
- We are also busy preparing for the Second World Congress of Taiwan Studies to be held at SOAS June 18-20. I look forward to seeing many of you there in June!
- Please also don't forget to lobby your librarians to purchase the full list of books in the Routledge Taiwan Series!
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