Negotiating Legacies: Opposing, Interrupting, Re-creating—Taiwan’s ongoing Experience

Momesso, Lara orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4042-9384 and Alsford, Niki Joseph paul orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-1939-4313 (2020) Negotiating Legacies: Opposing, Interrupting, Re-creating—Taiwan’s ongoing Experience. European Journal of East Asian Studies, 19 (1). pp. 5-11. ISSN 1568-0584

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This special issue concerns agency and negotiation in the context of the hierarchical relations between the People’s Republic of China (PRC), a global superpower, and Taiwan, a subordinated actor often relegated to a marginal position in contemporary global geopolitics. By exploring how Taiwan opposes, interrupts and re-creates its subordinate position vis-à-vis China, the authors of this special issue will shed light on the complexities of the ongoing Taiwan experience, shaped by different, often opposing, interests, positions and perspectives regarding its relationship with China. Yet, by exploring the experience of Taiwan with reference to its Chinese legacies, this special issue will also allow important reflections on China, not only in its hegemonic role regionally and globally, but also in its weaknesses when it deals with subordinated actors. This is a timely and important piece, which will allow alternative interpretations of contemporary events not only in Taiwan, for instance the recent national elections and related political developments, but also in the region, such as the protests which have been occurring in Hong Kong during the last four months.

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