Originally Posted by herzzreh
But you are Chinese...
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it's going to get dilutted each generation, it's difference between ethinicity and identity. Though in English you can't really make the distinction between Chinese as race/ethinicity or just cultural identity easily in one word where as there are subtle difference when you said it in Chinese.
I don't think people in Taiwan would disagree with you they're culturally chinese, whether they like it or not. Though most will tend to correct you when you call them Chinese in English because it is identified as someone coming from mainland China. This is not necessarily anti-China, it's just you want people to know you're from Taiwan not from China.
Of course you can always go to a lenghy explanation of how things come and go about, whether you came after 1949 or 300 years, or simply aboriginal blah blah, but to say things in one word Taiwanese is a lot simplier than "yeah I am Chinese, but blah blah blah"
It's a bit like American of XYZ origin will not call themselves anything other than American by 2nd generation, anything else is cultural heritage, not national identity. Of course the situation in Taiwan is different both culturally and historically, but there are some simliarities to draw there.