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Constructing the Taiwan Consciousness: A Rhetorical Analysis of Tsai Ing-wen's National Day Speeches

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Constructing the Taiwan Consciousness: A Rhetorical Analysis of Tsai Ing-wen's National Day Speeches
author
Wu, Mu-Tzu
abstract
This thesis investigates the rhetorical strategies of President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan in an effort to understand how she constructs national identity in National Day Speeches. As a nation that is not officially recognized in organizations from the UN, ICAO, and the WHA, the President of Taiwan is encountered with a unique situation. President Tsai must reinforce national pride while addressing the exclusion that the nation is experiencing. Study political discourse requires a structural analysis of how the self and the other are constructed and how boundaries shift to include and exclude. Building from intersections of theories of identity construction and performativity as well as the construction of political reality and consciousness, this thesis examines President Tsai’s National Day Speeches between 2016 to 2021 in which she informs the Taiwan consciousness and navigates the complex political landscape of Taiwan, crafting and reimagining a space that resists the One China narrative
subject
counterpublic sphere
mestiza consciousness
presidential rhetoric
Taiwan
Tsai Ing-wen
contributor
Louden, Allan (committee chair)
Atchison, Jarrod (committee member)
Lee, Wei-chin (committee member)
date
2022-05-24T08:36:03Z (accessioned)
2022-05-24T08:36:03Z (available)
2022 (issued)
degree
Communication (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/100741 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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