Taiwan is an island surrounded by the ocean with probably the most authoritarian country, China, as our neighbor. Based on the geography and cultures, most people compare Taiwan with China while Japan with Korea. Some academic research centers include Taiwan as part of China study, so students who prefer studying Taiwan can understand some Chinese backgrounds at first hand. For most outsiders, Taiwan and China share the common Chinese cultures but one is a free country or entity, another is a world with dictator and many overseas runaways.
Democracy of initial stage
People deem Taiwanese democracy from the end of martial law; however, lots of adjunct organizations and state-run corporations were owned by the KMT Chinese party. Even until now, different political parties are still fighting for the transitional justice issue. Few days ago, the Transitional Justice Commission just released the issue of whether to tear down the statue of Chiang Kai-Shek at its memorial hall. The KMT party, of course, rejected the case as usual and one of the political commentators even suggested that the hall can be transformed into anti-communist. While the chairman of KMT party insisted that if the current Taiwanese government would do so, it means the cultural independence and he will declare the war.
Lack of national ideology as a whole
People who have watched Seqalu would discover so many languages and ethnic groups of people, during the ancient time, the identity of locals belonged to their own group of people without the sense of building a country. So there were many skirmishes by that time either for foods or water resources. After hundreds of years later with the ruling from different foreign governments, locals here began to seek the power and define the identity of ourselves.
Though almost 70% of the population deem ourselves Taiwanese now, there are sill 30 % of people who think differently, either Chinese or both. And the identity mainly depends on the political party that they support not the ethnic group that they were born with. Right now, the Chinese communists would find their cooperators from the above 30 %, and target Taiwanese from the 70%. This is not news to locals, but the recent aggressive behaviors from CCP make it even worse and obvious.
Few years ago, the local political party built as Taiwan People’s Party, commonly known as the White Power, trying to take the throne between Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, and KMT Chinese party. It looks like the Taiwan People’s Party would like to cooperate with the KMT party, and keep condemning the current ruling party, DPP, for the wrong polity that they made.
Despite the fact that Taiwanese can criticize the government, go on parade, vote for our party preference, and enjoy the freedom of speech; people still tend to blast DPP instead of KMT party if anything goes wrong. One thing still unchanged is that locals seem to constrain ourselves from expressing the Taiwanese identity overseas, though few people are dare to do so alone, the numbers of oversea Chinese deter our people from acting so.
The Chinese National Party, KMT, claimed their authority to land the island and brought many treasures from China, according to its statement. Nevertheless, experts who researched on the antiques exposed the lie that KMT is sill broadcasting at the museums and among civilians, which is the value of gold that they claimed. The truth is that there was no gold, merely the wasted elements for refining gold but failed finally.
Some elders and young people start to think Republic of China, ROC, is a legal government on our island and should be recognized by the world. They simply are intimidated by China or the ROC government. Others just claim that we are already an independent country, like the president Tsai said earlier before. So people can get away with endless conflicts with Chinese and maintain our current authority, in case China will invade. If any political party dares to announce the independence of this island without any cost, they will definitely lose the vote right away.
The only way and the most difficult path that Taiwanese do not want to choose is to change the government radically such as amend the Constitution, announce the independence quo, rebuild the army and police system, etc.
Some experts emphasize that the U. S. government will not allow Taiwan to declare independence nor Chinese invasion. But keep holding the ROC card does not work at all. If KMT really steps down, Taiwanese are able to figure out the solution and that is the first challenging step.