Magazine June 27, 2016, Issue

Taiwan Inches toward Nationhood

Tsai Ing-wen after her election as Taiwan’s president on January 16, 2016 (The Asahi Shimbun via Getty)
Its culture and politics are asserting an independent identity

When Chiang Kai-shek fled mainland China in 1949 accompanied by some 2 million ethnic Chinese unwilling to buckle to Mao Zedong, he imagined that, in time, he would retake the mainland, eliminate the Communist threat, and unite the country as he had dreamed of doing since he was a young man fighting fractious warlords. On a rock in Kinmen County, a group of islands governed by Taiwan less than five miles from the mainland, Chiang had etched, as a reminder: “Forget not that you’re in Ju.” In 284 b.c., backed into his last stronghold in the City of Ju by

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