Taiwan’s National Identity and Its Implications for East Asia

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

Taiwan has always had a unique position in the Far East, both in terms of geography and the national identity and political institutions that are not only critical for citizens of Taiwan, but are also critical to the major powers in East Asia, such as the UnitedStates, China, and Japan. Besides the influences of foreign policy on the Taiwanese evolution, the various effects of the globalization thathave swept the world in the last several decades have had an even more dramatic effect on Taiwan by comparison. The events of the past twenty years and the global trends that have accompanied them have transformed the thinking of Taiwan’s population as they consider what course they should take going forward. This paper seeks to look at how that change came to be, and how it has already affected the policies and actions of both Taiwan and its neighbors.