Taiwanese Experimental and Queer Theater: Always Political, Always Queer


Taiwanese’s identification has been inherently problematic and lacerated, and raises many questions that have become inseparable from the main concerns of Taiwanese theater artists: Who are we? What constitutes authentic “Taiwaneseness”? After the abolishment of Martial Law, experimental theater, like a time bomb hibernating under the oppressed social atmosphere, suddenly exploded and blossomed all over the island. “The multiple histories of colonization, the complex domestic political situation, and the current Cross-Strait Relationship inform Taiwan’s current status as a postcolonial and melancholic island,” as Fan-Ting Cheng points out.

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