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Taiwan’s History February 1, 2007

Posted by David in North-East Asia.
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On January 31, 2007 BBC News published a story concerning Taiwan’s new history text books, which are due to go into classrooms throughout the country next month.

The books in question “will refer to the ‘mainland’ or ‘our country’ simply as ‘China’, suggesting that Taiwan is its own entity. A fact China is having difficulty realizing. “Beijing says the latest changes are politically motivated and it has accused Taiwanese officials of introducing independence ideologies into the classroom.”

Taiwan’s Prime Minister, Su Tseng Chang, is “strongly defending changes to the high school history textbooks and backing his education minister.” He believes, and rightly so, that “students should be taught about their own country and their history.”

Recently the people of Taiwan have been thinking more and more of themselves as being Taiwanese instead of Chinese, and this is worrying China.

According to Yang Yi, a spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, “Taiwan is an inseparable part of China. No matter what tricks the secessionist forces play, they cannot change the fact.”

The so-called tricks he’s referring to in this case, is obviously the history text book revisions. Interestingly enough the Chinese have no problems revising their own history books.

(Taipei Times February 02, 2007) Su Tseng Chang, and other Taiwan officials are defending the new books. “We grew up here in Taiwan. What is wrong with paying more attention and learning more about our native land?”

Personally, I support the new history text books. They’re probably a lot more similar to reality than the Chinese ones.

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