By Fran Martin

This publication is in English to examine the beautiful upward push to prominence of cultures of dissident sexuality in Taiwan through the 1990s.

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66 The Taiwanese literary history that provides the background for the emergence of 1990s tongzhi wenxue has also been crucially shaped by questions about nationalism and transnationalism. Specifically, this history has been organized around questions about the relationship between literary culture in Taiwan and European literary modernism on the one hand, and the relationship between literary culture in Taiwan and the 'Chinese' nation on the other. Histories of contemporary Taiwanese literature frequently take as a starting point the modernist movement of the 1960s.

And for whom does it constitute, on the contrary, an unlivable condition? The most common critique of the privileging of 'hybridity' takes issue precisely with the celebratory optimism with which the term is sometimes used. 150 Like Lo, I would argue that any uncritical endorsement of 'hybridity' that produces it as a general, abstract, positive value to be celebrated and fails to engage with the messy materiality of this state as lived by social subjects is open to similar criticism. With this in mind, I approach hybridity here as a historical condition of culture rather than as an abstract virtue in its own right.

Taking a broad view, one might consider, for example, the historically high and ever-increasing degree of internationalization in the island's economy. As a tiny, resource-poor island with a relatively small domestic market, the only viable economic path for Taiwan involves it increasingly in transnational economic interaction. 113 According to the tendency of the past decade, Taiwanese firms have followed the worldwide trend toward shifting labour-intensive operations offshore in order to take advantage of the ready, cheap labour of the People's Republic of China and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, and selling on to global markets, primarily the US, Japan, and Hong Kong, but also increasingly Europe.

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