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Taiwan — not Zhonghua — minzu

By Jerome Keating

This is the background and reason why Taiwanese can say: “Whenever I hear that manipulative phrase, Zhonghua minzu, I reach for my revolver.”

On the other hand, Taiwanese could consider a new phrase, “Taiwan minzu.” This phrase allows them to encompass the many distinct groups that already make up their democratic nation.

These groups include the Aborigines, the Hakka, the two groups of Hokkien, the KMT and all others who are willing to support the democratic nation that Taiwan now is.

This is more in keeping with Taiwan’s imagined community and the reality that exists on Taiwan.

Jerome Keating is a writer based in Taipei.

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