Whether people identify themselves as Taiwanese or Chinese has been
an issue of importance since the beginning of democratization in Taiwan.
This article explores whether the strength-of-association statistic between
education and self-identity among Taiwanese people has changed over
the past 15 years during which Taiwan has undergone substantial political
and social change. If the statistic did change during this time period, it is
necessary to further clarify which factors contributed to this change. The
analysis of survey data collected between 1992 and 2007 shows that the
strength-of-association between education and self-identity has steadily
weakened among the young cohorts and the mainlanders. Furthermore,
the variation in the strength of association between education and selfidentity
has been accounted for by the diminished functions of political
indoctrination in formal education as well as by the varied dispersion of the
two variables, namely, “education” and “self-identity”, over time.