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This concluding chapter of the book The Construction of National Identity in Taiwan's Media, 1896-2012 contains conceptions of Taiwanese national identity changed as Taiwan experienced three distinct phases in its history; Japanese colonial rule, Chinese colonial rule and democratization. Both the Japanese and the Chinese Nationalist colonial regimes used media in an attempt to co-opt the national identity of Taiwanese people and thus gain support for their rule. After democratization and Taiwanization under Lee Teng-hui's presidency, Taiwan identity gradually came to prevail and media projecting Taiwan identity rose to occupy a substantial market share. Taiwanese elites attempted to establish alternative national identities primarily through influencing Taiwan's languages and cultures. At all stages, the media, as an agent in the trajectory of national identity have constructed competing national identities, reflecting various shifts in power. For Taiwan media over the past century, language, history, culture and kinship have always been important issues.

Keywords: Chinese colonial rule; democratization; Japanese colonial rule; Lee Teng-hui; National identity; Taiwan's Media



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