I was up in arms recently about planned changes to the high school history curriculum which would emphasize Chinese history over Taiwan's, and possibly subsume Taiwan history into Chinese history.
These are long standing issues where there is plenty of good faith disagreement, even among those who are for Taiwan's continued independence. Remember that for a long time, Taiwan has never really been taught history in a Taiwan-centric way. It's been either Japan-centric or China-centric, and only in the very last years of the DPP administration did things start to swing the other way.
I was originally alerted to the upcoming changes by Weichen's post here. Taipei Times covers the issue and some of the protests to it, and describes the two proposals being considered:
Chou, who is on the task force making changes to the high school curriculum, said NTU philosophy professor Wang Hsiao-po (王曉波) and some other task force members had proposed that students spend two semesters learning Chinese history and just one semester studying world history.For sake of simplicity, here is a chart (translated from Weichen's table) to break down the two proposals in a bit more depth. Please note this is written somewhat from Chou's perspective, and some of the characterizations seem rough; you'd obviously want to see what textbooks came out of the guidelines before deciding how reasonable Chou's proposal is, even if Wang's proposal is wack. And I'm not sure exactly about the last two things in the table, as the descriptions are a bit vague and confusing to me.
On Nov. 15, the task force voted in favor of a proposal by Chou and others to allot one-and-a-half semesters each to Chinese and world history, but task force convener Wu Wen-hsing (吳文星), a history professor at National Taiwan Normal University, resolved to put Wang’s amended proposal up for further deliberation after task force’s term expired on Dec. 31.
|Wang's Proposal||Chou's Proposal|
|Taiwan:China:World History ratio||1: 2: 1||1: 1.5 : 1.5|
|Earliest included Taiwan-related historical records||Eastern Wu (~250 CE) and Sui Dyansties (~600 AD)||400 years ago|
|Japanese Occupation||Emphasizes Japan as colonizers, fact of second-class citizens.||Discuss both modernization and colonization issues|
|Taiwan in WW II||Place special emphasis on Taiwanese efforts to reunite with China and oppose Japan||No particular details especially emphasized|
|Post-WW II Taiwan||Describe international relations in such a way as to avoid picking apart the ROC sovereignty (over all of China) argument.||Describe international relations according to the historical record|
|Post-WW II Taiwan culture||Topics include: Re-Sinization, Taiwan's development of unique features and internationalization||Topics include: Sinization, localization and globalization|
|Chinese History||China-centric world view||Looks at China's neighbors and the world from the perspective of cultural exchange|
|Post-war Chinese history||The splitting of One China, discusses both Taiwan and Taiwan||Covers the People's Republic of China [and not Taiwan]|
|World History||Takes the nation-state and representative events [?] as the main units||Emphasizes a macro-view of schools of thought and frameworks|