"Ethnic Diversity, Social Polarization, and Political Representation in Multicultural Taiwan"

Tuesday Seminar Spring/Summer 2012

  • Date: May 29, 2012
  • Time: 10:30 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Tak-Wing Ngo (University of Macao)
  • TAK-WING NGO 吳德榮 is Professor of Political Science at the University of Macao.
  • Location: MPI-MMG, Hermann-Föge-Weg 12, Göttingen
  • Room: Conference Room
"Ethnic Diversity, Social Polarization, and Political Representation in Multicultural Taiwan"

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Democratization in Taiwan has been accompanied by the rise of identity politics. In the last two decades Taiwan has increasingly been polarized by the ethnicization of national politics. While it has been widely recognized that the reification of ethnic boundaries in such categories as Taiwanese and Mainlanders is the root of the problem, Taiwan society seems unable to find an alternative political space for multicultural politics. This paper explores such a paradox by looking at the politics of difference among groups in Taiwan and the problems arising from their struggle for political representation.


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