Even the question, “Is Taiwan Chinese?,” is deceptive. Does Chinese mean ä¸å›½, part of China, or ä¸åŽ, culturally Chinese?Â Recently I noted how the Olympics has dealt with the question. The question is debated in Taiwan, too.
Michael Turton (an anti-KMT, anti-CCP blogger) has two posts which addresses some of the ways the question is coming up nowadays. First, he has a post on The 2/28 Incident, part of the so-called White Terror. According to Taiwanese Nationalists, the 2/28 and the White Terror were part of an invasion of Taiwan by a foreign country at the beginning of the Cold War — an invasion which was then frozen for sixty years. According to the KMT, however, it was a regrettable, sad, but necessary effort to route out Communists and Communist-sympathizers from the last free province of China.Â The CCP itself would criticize the KMT for attacking Communists, but note that the KMT’s defense of aÂ “government of the people” (æ°‘æ—ä¸»ç¾©) was as patriotic to the Chinese people as the American Civil War was patriotic to the American people.
Likewise, Turton descries naming controversy of the Chiang Kaishek Memorial Hall. Was Chiang a foreigner who grabbed an island occupied by Japan after America liberated it, a hero who kept China’s traditional of Constitutional government alive against impossible odds, or a misguided patriot whose heroic efforts to fight warlordism was undermined by his own paranoia and the corruption of those around him?
These days, the latter two questions both feed into a Chinese nationalist narrative that serves the interests of the KMT (a right-wing, corrupt, pro-market, authoritarian party that rules Taiwan democratically) and the CCP (a right-wing, corrupt, pro-market, authoritarian party that rules China through a collective dictatorship).