Cultural rights and citizenship in cultural policy: Taiwan and China

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From the 1990s, academia has paid increasing attention to cultural rights and cultural citizenship. This paper reviews existing literature on the construction of cultural rights and cultural citizenship and argues that cultural citizenship expands the concept of 'citizenship', promotes citizens' consciousness, and confirms the content of 'cultural rights'. The concept of cultural citizenship provides a new perspective from which to examine the challenges of cultural inequality, taste differences, symbolic struggle in cultural participation, and consumption. Based on western theories, this paper discusses the development of cultural citizenship and cultural rights in cultural policy in Taiwan and China, and it finds the tension between control and autonomy and between the government and the civil society in the practice of cultural citizenship. In Taiwan, most cultural policies are developed and implemented by the government, and those affected by them often do not have the necessary critical awareness to judge or examine them. In China, the protection of cultural rights provides a new type of control rather than autonomy from the Chinese Government. In both Taiwan and China, it is important to empower civil society to balance the governments' control over the practice of cultural citizenship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-39
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014


  • Chinese studies
  • cultural citienship
  • cultural rights
  • Taiwan studies


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