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Download EBOOK Language Choice and Identity Politics in Taiwan PDF for free Autor: Jennifer M. Wei
ISBN-13: 9780739123539
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publisher date: 6/15/2015
Format: PDF, EPUB
File size: 8.32 MB
Language: English

Description of the book "Language Choice and Identity Politics in Taiwan":

Jennifer M. Wei argues that construction and perceptions of language and identity parallel sociopolitical transformations, and that language and identity crises arise during power transitions. Under these premises, language and identity are never well-defined or well-bounded. Instead, they are best viewed as political symbols subject to manipulation and exploitation during sociohistorical upheavals. A choice of language-from phonological shibboleth, Mandarin, or Taiwanese, to choice of official language-cuts to the heart of contested cultural notions of self and other, with profound implications for nationalism, national unity, and ethnolinguistic purism. Wei further argues that because of the Chinese Diaspora and PDF Taiwan's connections to China and the United States, arguments and sentiments over language choice and identity have consequences for Taiwan's international and transnational status. They are symbolic acts of imagining Taiwan's past as it looks forward to the future.

About the Author:
Jennifer M. Wei is professor in the English Department at Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan


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