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02 Oct
Becoming Taiwanese: Religion, Colonialism, and Ethnogenesis in Twentieth-Century Taiwan
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Asian Studies Center
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Becoming Taiwanese: Religion, Colonialism, and Ethnogenesis in Twentieth-Century Taiwan

Religious activity is a central feature of social life in contemporary Taiwan, a condition with deep historical roots. In fact, these sorts of performances of belief contributed to the construction of modern Taiwanese identities as religion became a contested field of action following Taiwan’s colonization by Japan in 1895, and its recolonization by the Republic of China in 1945. In this talk, drawn from his book Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s-1950s (Harvard Asia Center, 2019), Dr. Dawley will explore the relationship between ethnic and national identities and explain how religious practice shaped and reinforced Taiwanese consciousness. 

Friday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

Becoming Taiwanese: Religion, Colonialism, and Ethnogenesis in Twentieth-Century Taiwan

Religious activity is a central feature of social life in contemporary Taiwan, a condition with deep historical roots. In fact, these sorts of performances of belief contributed to the construction of modern Taiwanese identities as religion became a contested field of action following Taiwan’s colonization by Japan in 1895, and its recolonization by the Republic of China in 1945. In this talk, drawn from his book Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s-1950s (Harvard Asia Center, 2019), Dr. Dawley will explore the relationship between ethnic and national identities and explain how religious practice shaped and reinforced Taiwanese consciousness. 

Friday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m.

Virtual Event

University Unit
Asian Studies Center