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This introductory chapter of the book The Construction of National Identity in Taiwan's Media, 1896-2012 addresses the gap in the research. It explores how, in what ways, and to what extent, the media plays a role concerning the issue of national identity in Taiwan. Media in Taiwan played a vital role in the construction of National identity over the past century. This book provides a discussion of the policies of the colonial ruling powers, particularly "national language" policy, on the forming of national identity. Then, briefs the role of official media in national identity construction follows, as well as an exploration of alternative national identities of opposition players in the dissenting media. The book also illustrates the change of Taiwanese people's national identity, the changing map of the media market and the change/construction of national identity in the media following democratization.

Keywords: democratization; National identity; Taiwan's media



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