Romancing the Formosan Aborigine : colonial interethnic romance and its democratic revision in postwar film and fiction

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Becoming Taiwan : from colonialism to democracy

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In the first section of the present chapter, I examine the Chinese nationalist romance of the Formosan Aborigine in the 1950s and 1960s and, then again, after a decade’s absence, in the 1980s. In the second and third sections, I look at deconstructions of the nationalist romance paradigm in the 1990s written by a critically-minded Chinese writer and by aboriginal writers. I describe the earlier period as colonial and the latter as democratic. But Taiwan may be both democratizing and still in some sense colonial. In the conclusion, I will speculate on what democratization means to an aboriginal woman writer, a girl who declines to be romanced.

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ISBN of the source publication: 9783447063746

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Sterk, D. (2010). Romancing the Formosan Aborigine: Colonial interethnic romance and its democratic revision in postwar film and fiction. In A. Heylen & S. Sommers (Eds.), Becoming Taiwan: From colonialism to democracy (pp. 49-62). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag.