The March 2000 presidential election was an important milestone in Taiwan's ongoing democratic development. After controlling political power for over five decades, the Kuomingtang was turned out of power and replaced by the opposition Democratic Progressive Party through a free and fair election. This book addresses the variety of effects that Taiwan's democratic development and the elections will have on domestic policy and the region. It examines trends and changes in Taiwan's politics, considers the international implications of Taiwan's democratic evolution for a variety of issues, and explores the challenges and prospects for continued democratic consolidation and the implications and lessons for the PRC and Southeast Asia.
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This book offers new insight on how key historical texts and events in Korea's history have contributed to the formation of the nation's collective consciousness. The work is woven around the unifying premise that particular narrative texts/events that extend back to the premodern period have remained important, albeit transformed, over the modern period and into the contemporary period. The author explores the relationship between gender and nationalism by showing how key narrative topics, such as tales of virtuous womanhood, have been employed, transformed, and re-deployed to make sense of particular national events. Connecting these narratives and historic events to contemporary Korean society, Jager reveals how these "sites" - or reference points - were also successfully re-deployed in the context of the division of Korea and the construction of Korea's modern consciousness.