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Changes in Attitudes of Taiwanese Exchange Students Regarding the Independence- Reunification Between China and Taiwan
Cross-strait relations;institutional identity;social contact;social network;social trust
|Issue Date:||2017-11-13 11:45:23 (UTC+8)|
The key to achieving peace in Taiwan is the reduction of bias toward the independence- reunification issue between Taiwan and China. Previous studies have shown that support for ＂quickly reunifying with China＂ among Chinese students who have studied in Taiwan has decreased by 19.6%. However, the following questions remain: (a) Do the experiences of Taiwanese exchange students while studying in China reduce their support for Taiwan's independence? (b) Is there a consensus among Taiwanese and Chinese students regarding the independence- reunification issue? (c) What factors influence Taiwanese exchange students studying in China to change their views regarding their support for reunification? (d) What are the common factors influencing Taiwanese and Chinese students in changing their support for reunification? This study integrated the theories of social capital, social contract, and institutional identity, and conducted a panel study and comparative analysis of the collected data. The results show that cross-strait interactions reduce Taiwanese student support for independence. In addition, the distinct perspectives of Taiwanese and Chinese students regarding reunification converge following cross-strait interaction (i.e., students intend to maintain the status quo while considering future action). A regression model developed for this study explained 30.5% of the variance in the degree of change regarding the independence- reunification issue among Taiwanese students. Furthermore, ＂institutional identity＂ and ＂genuine acquaintanceship＂ were identified as common factors influencing Taiwanese and Chinese students in changing their opinion.
|Relation:||東亞研究, 46(1), 1-33|
|Appears in Collections:||[東亞研究] 期刊論文|
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