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Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast AsiaWhat a Difference a Region Makes$
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Chris Berry, Nicola Liscutin, and Jonathan D. Mackintosh

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099746

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099746.001.0001

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How to Speak about Oneself:

How to Speak about Oneself:

Theory and Identity in Taiwan

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(p.51) 3 How to Speak about Oneself:
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Cultural Studies and Cultural Industries in Northeast Asia
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Mark Harrison

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099746.003.0004

This chapter explores continuities in Taiwan's martial law and post-martial law period, and shows how the elaborate theoretical innovations of contemporary social and cultural theory are part of an ongoing crisis of representation for Taiwan and a complex outcome for the cultural studies project. The way the Taiwanese speak about themselves is an appeal to the possibility of an identity, an object in suspension, and Cultural Studies has offered the Taiwanese a globalized academic language with which to make such an appeal. At the same time, the relationship between theory as a global discourse and Taiwan as a marginal inchoate nation-state remains a challenge for theory, as it operates within the brute realities of real, empirical power between China, Japan, and the United States.

Keywords:   Taiwan, martial law, cultural theory, identity, Cultural Studies, empirical power, China, Japan, United States

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