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Sorry, but I must correct your title. It should be: "Another *Chinese* politician *in* Taiwan..." ;-)

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Heh. I hear you. But I do that because I want this blog to be somewhat comprehensible to readers who may not necessarily be familiar with the whole "I'm Chinese" - "No, you're Taiwanese," debate.

Besides, what do you think makes Chinese nationalists and ultranationalists in Taiwan madder?

Being called "Chinese"? Or being called "Taiwanese"?

The Foreigner:
'Besides, what do you think makes Chinese nationalists and ultranationalists in Taiwan madder?

Being called "Chinese"? Or being called "Taiwanese"?'
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They will get mad if you call them "Chinese" when they are in Taiwan, or "Taiwanese" when they are in China.

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That hasn't been my own personal experience in (northern) Taiwan. If I refer "Taiwanese" (as in the people, not the language), I find myself occasionally being "corrected."

I always wonder what these folks write down on the "Nationality" part of airline customs forms. Writing down "Chinese" would seem to be open invitation for confusion, while "Republic of Chinese" doesn't exactly trip off the tongue. Or pen. Whatever.

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