Mon, Oct 10, 2011 - Page 8 News List

Beware of the ‘Chinese culture’ pill

By Huang Tzu-wei 黃子維

Now all Ma now needs to complete the third stage on the road to unification is to sign a cultural ECFA.

What Beijing and the Ma administration are really trying to do is copy the “Japanization” promoted by the colonial Japanese government by carrying out a “Sinicization” program within Taiwan to replace Taiwanese identity with Chinese identity.

This is misleading people. All this talk of “Chinese people” is aimed at weakening the ability of Taiwanese to tell friend from foe. What they want is to create a “one China” in which people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait are part of one big family. To achieve this end, “Chinese culture” has become a tool for unification and turned into a sugarcoated poison pill.

Huang Tzu-wei is a researcher at Taiwan Thinktank.

Translated by Drew Cameron

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