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Taiwanese identity found in “A Brighter Summer Day”
The Taiwanese identity found in “A Brighter Summer Day” can be described as disquiet,
disturbed, or unsettling. Living in a new Taiwanese of the KMTS era, it is clear that the
population depicted in the film is mentally divided in existence. The Taiwanese community is
trying to adapt to their home while also expecting they would return home to China once
communism ends. As transplanted mainlanders, the kids and families face an identity crisis.
However, kids particularly undergo significant cultural changes. While the Taiwanese culture is
traditional Chinese, it is framed by native Taiwanese who speak their own dialect and have
influence From Japanese culture. The influence of different cultures in Taiwanese identity is seen
in how the youth in the film struggles to find an identity hence resulting in the adopting of
different aspects of foreign culture (Goodvintagemovies). Particularly, the American culture is
widely adopted in the Taiwanese identity showcasing the transitional cultural identity during the
KMTS era.
Identity formation in the film is particularly seen in the youths who migrating Taiwan
early in life, fail to have cultural influence from either Japan or China mainland. The interaction

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with each other in a new environment leads to the adoption of a unique identity. The influential
culture, in this case, is the American culture that stems from the collaboration is Taiwanese
officials with the Americans to resist communism in China. The film centers on Yang, a fourteen
years old protagonist whose nickname is Xian Si’r (Goodvintagemovies). Switching back and
forth between two worlds namely the realm of family and that of cool and gangs help in
understanding the cold war is Taiwan. Although the education system is based on the Confucian
society, the influence of gangs significantly borrows from the western community. In this case,
some students undergo identity formation from school teachings and fit into the cultural
expectations from the teaching.
Thirdly, identity formation is seen in the influence of things such as music. For instance,
a couple of Yang’s friends want to sing covers of rock-and-roll hits that include the most
memorable songs by Elvis called “Are you lonesome tonight”. In this case, Yang indicates the
Americans are unaware of the subversive nature of pop music to the Taiwanese culture
(Goodvintagemovies). The sons in this case invoked the youth to think of freedom. The search
for freedom, in this case, conflicted with the beliefs of communist China which further influence
the progression of the Cold war of Taiwan. The communist government of China functioned on
the belief that freedom needed limitation which was the opposite of the identity in Taiwan,
especially among the youth. Therefore, the differences in identities help in understanding the
progression of the cold war of Taiwan as it was clear these individuals would have a problem
fitting into a communist environment.
Taiwanese identities found in “The Taste of Apples”
In “The Taste of Apples” the author mainly focuses on the people of Tawain showcasing
how their lives are different or significantly contrast to that of Mainlanders. An important

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Surname 1 Name Course Tutor Date of submission Taiwan culture Taiwanese identity found in “A Brighter Summer Day” The Taiwanese identity found in “A Brighter Summer Day” can be described as disquiet, disturbed, or unsettling. Living in a new Taiwanese of the KMTS era, it is clear that the population depicted in the film is mentally divided in existence. The Taiwanese community is trying to adapt to their home while also expecting they would return home to China once communism ends. As transplanted mainlanders, the kids and families face an identity crisis. However, kids particularly undergo significant cultural changes. While the Taiwanese culture is traditional Chinese, it is framed by native Taiwanese who speak their own dialect and have influence From Japanese culture. The influence of different cultures in Taiwanese identity is seen in how the youth in the film struggles to find an identity hence resulting in the adopting of different aspects of foreign culture (Goodvintagemovies). Particularly, the American culture is widely adopted in the Taiwanese identity showcasing the transitional cultural identity during the KMTS era. Identity formation in the film is particularly seen in the youths who migrating Taiwan early in life, fail to have cultural influence from either Japan or China mainland. The interaction Surname 2 with each other in a new environment leads to the adoption of a unique identity. The influential culture, in this case, is the American culture t ...
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