The Vitality of Taiwan: Politics, Economics, Society and Culture

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Taiwan is one of the most vibrant societies in the world. No one who has visited it can fail to be taken by its dynamism, contradictions, colour, excitement and, above all, vitality. But what are really behind its vitality? Can it be the democratic politics, its civil society or its predicament as a state with which most of the rest of the world cannot recognize though happily maintain a full range of relations in reality? Or perhaps it was the highly competitive media, or its culture, or its Diaspora, or its ...

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Taiwan is one of the most vibrant societies in the world. No one who has visited it can fail to be taken by its dynamism, contradictions, colour, excitement and, above all, vitality. But what are really behind its vitality? Can it be the democratic politics, its civil society or its predicament as a state with which most of the rest of the world cannot recognize though happily maintain a full range of relations in reality? Or perhaps it was the highly competitive media, or its culture, or its Diaspora, or its business communities, or its relentless devotion to innovative industries? In different ways all of them played a part in delivering the vitality of Taiwan. But how should we understand the forces that interacted to produce the Taiwan way of life that is so vibrant? This book examines and explains each of these dimensions and provides an overarching interpretation of what underpins the vitality of Taiwan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781137009890
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVE TSANG is the Director of the China Policy Institute and Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham. He is also an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford University. He has published 15 books, of which the most recent one on Taiwan is Taiwan and the International Community (Peter Lang, 2008).

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Table of Contents

Forces Behind the Vitality of Taiwan; S.Tsang
The Resilience and Dynamism of Taiwan's Democratic System; S.Rigger
Social Foundations of Political Vitality; H.M.Hsiao
Literature's Role in Breaching the Authoritarian Mindset; P.Lin
The Impact of Film and the Performing Arts on Life in Taiwan; M.Harrison
The Media and the Vitality of Democratic Taiwan, G.D.Rawnsley & Q.Gong
Cross-Strait Tensions and Taiwan's Economic Vitality; S.L.Kastner
Taishang as a Factor Shaping Taiwan's Domestic Politics; G.Schubert & S.Keng
Social Network as a Source of Economic Vitality; D.Chen
Innovation and Taiwan's Vitality in the Knowledge Economy; J.Wong
Sustainability of Taiwan's Vitality; S.Tsang

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