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The Landscape of Historical MemoryThe Politics of Museums and Memorial Culture in Post-Martial Law Taiwan$
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Kirk A. Denton

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528578

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528578.001.0001

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Multicultural History in a Multicultural Taiwan

Multicultural History in a Multicultural Taiwan

The National Museum of Taiwan History

(p.48) 2 Multicultural History in a Multicultural Taiwan
The Landscape of Historical Memory

Kirk A. Denton

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 2 focuses on the National Museum of Taiwan History (國立台灣歷史博物館‎) opened in 2011 in the city of Tainan. The first in Taiwan dedicated to telling the story of Taiwan’s development into nationhood, the museum centers its narrative around the tropes of inclusiveness, ethnic diversity, immigration, and political pluralism. In the process, it avoids the excesses of a more radical Taiwanese nativism and presents a “consensus” view of the history of the island that de-emphasizes historical traumas, such as inter-ethnic conflict, the horrendous treatment of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples, and the February 28 Incident.

Keywords:   National Museum of Taiwan History, national origins, diversity, pluralism, democracy

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