Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

J. Kehaulani Kauanui

Major

Anthropology

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines the politics of tourism through the lens of package tours from Mainland China to Taiwan; a booming phenomenon that only officially started in 2008. This thesis critically evaluates the widely held notion that this is an inherently positive step in China and Taiwan’s path towards ‘reconciliation’. I consider how Mainland group tourism is structured and the sort of ‘territorial’ influence it is having in Taiwan. Then I consider how this tourism is colonizing certain regions of Taiwan and evaluate how the tourism industry represents the local Amis community at tourist sites. As a case study, I then discuss Oppose Miramar, an anti-hotel development resistance movement that has been organizing against hotel development in Southeastern Taiwan. Finally, I contend that a push towards more autonomous, indigenous-led tourism structures offers the most promising means for combating unsustainable mass tourism development.

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