The CSSTA, Economic Blind-spots, and the Future of Ethnic Co-existence
College of Hakka Studies
International Center for Hakka Studies
|關鍵字:||海峽兩岸服務貿易協議;太陽花學運;族群政治學;族群經濟學;族群共生;Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement;Sunflower Movement;Ethnic Politics;Ethnic Economics;Ethnic Co-Existence|
China's emergence as a global power in the 21st century has presented Taiwan with new challenges. A drastic shift in policy towards China after the KMT regained the reins of government in 2008 has resulted in wide-spread concern in Taiwan. That concern took the form of student protests (the Sunflower Movement) which begun in March 2014 as a result of the signing of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China. Even though that agreement was primarily an economic issue, the fact that over 1,000 industries would be affected suggested wide-ranging effects on Taiwan. This paper will analyze the economic and political consequences of the CSSTA and the effects it will have on Taiwan's ethnic groups from the perspective of cultural anthropology. I will show that the CSSTA fails to take into account Taiwan's complicated ethnic relations unique survival strategies and, if ratified, would not only adversely affect Taiwan's comparatively weak industries, but would also disrupt Taiwan's delicate balance of multiple cultures. A further concern relates to national security issues. This paper argues from the perspective of ethnic economics that the government should reconsider its current policy of promoting economic exchanges with China. Only by taking into account the effect on its people, and not just the monetary benefits, will the government be able to assess the overall costs and benefits of CSSTA and promote a broad consensus on the issue.
Global Hakka Studies
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