1st Edition

Taiwan’s Contemporary Indigenous Peoples

Edited By Chia-yuan Huang, Daniel Davies, Dafydd Fell Copyright 2021
    298 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    298 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume provides a complete introduction to critical issues across the field of Indigenous peoples in contemporary Taiwan, from theoretical approaches to empirical analysis.

    Seeking to inform wider audiences about Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples, this book brings together both leading and emerging scholars as part of an international collaborative research project, sharing broad specialisms on modern Indigenous issues in Taiwan. This is one of the first dedicated volumes in English to examine contemporary Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples from such a range of disciplinary angles, following four section themes: long-term perspectives, the arts, education, and politics. Chapters offer perspectives not only from academic researchers, but also from writers bearing rich practitioner and activist experience from within the Taiwanese Indigenous rights movement. Methods range from extensive fieldwork to Indigenous-directed film and literary analysis.

    Taiwan's Contemporary Indigenous Peoples will prove a useful resource for students and scholars of Taiwan Studies, Indigenous Studies and Asia Pacific Studies, as well as educators designing future courses on Indigenous studies.

    1. Taiwan’s Contemporary Indigenous Peoples
    2. Huang Chia-yuan, Daniel Davies and Dafydd Fell

    3. Population Movements and the Construction of Modern Tradition within Contemporary Taiwan Indigenous Society
    4. Niki J.P. Alsford

    5. Making God’s Country: A Phenomenological Approach to Christianity among the Sediq-Truku of Taiwan
    6. Scott Simon

    7. Indigenous Literature in Contemporary Taiwan
    8. Chen Chih-fan and Chiu Kuei-fen

    9. Teach Your Children Well: Traditional Education in Indigenous-Directed Film From Taiwan
    10. Darryl Sterk

    11. The Shifting Chronotopes of Indigeneity in Taiwanese Documentary Film
    12. P. Kerim Friedman

    13. The Public Rise and Exhibition of Taiwan Indigenous Art and its Role in Nation-building and Reconciliation
    14. Sophie McIntyre

    15. The State of the Nation: Contemporary issues in Indigenous language education in Taiwan
    16. Douglas McNaught

    17. The changing representation of indigenous peoples in Taiwan’s elementary Social Studies textbooks
    18. Chang Bi-yu

    19. Indigenous Political Representation and Indigenous Voting Behaviour in Taiwan
    20. Pao Cheng-hao and Daniel Davies

    21. Indigenous Traditional Territory and Decolonisation of the Settler State: the Taiwan Experience
    22. Kuan Da-wei (Daya Dakasi)

    23. Conflict and Reconciliation between Civil Law and Indigenous Legal Traditions: The Case of Land Governance in Taiwan
    24. Awi Mona (Tsai Chih-wei) and Huang Chia-yuan

    25. Indigenous Peoples and the Politics of the Environment in Taiwan
    26. Wang Ting-jieh

    27. Restoring Pingpu Indigenous Status and Rights
    28. Jolan Hsieh

    29. The Austronesian Narrative: The role of Indigenous Heritage in Taiwanese Diplomacy

    Daniel Davies


    Huang Chia-yuan is Postdoctoral Scholar at the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica. She received her PhD from the Department of Geography, University College London. She is part of the research project in 2017–2019 ‘Contemporary Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples’ Studies’ conducted by SOAS University of London and funded by Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines. She is also organiser of  SOAS ‘Contemporary Taiwan Indigenous Studies Lecture Series’. Her research interests include migration and transnationalism, as well as young adults, women and labour in the context of global mobility. She has authored several articles, which have been published in journals such as The China Review, Journal of Population Studies, and Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives. 

    Daniel Davies is a PhD candidate at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, exploring the forms of representation and articulation of multicultural Taiwan. Utilising a mixture of big-data- and community-based research methods, Daniel’s research interest attempts to understand the intersection of national and local communities in the spheres of political representation, national identity, electioneering and international relations. Based in Pingtung County, Daniel has been active in community development, arts and educational programmes in collaboration with local community associations, the Pingtung County Government and the Council of Indigenous Peoples.

    Dafydd Fell is the Reader in Comparative Politics with special reference to Taiwan in the Department of Politics and International Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is also the Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. In 2004, he helped establish the European Association of Taiwan Studies. He has published numerous articles on political parties and electioneering in Taiwan. His first book was Party Politics in Taiwan (2005), which analyzed party change in the first 15 years of multiparty competition. His second book was Government and Politics in Taiwan (2011), and the second edition was published in early 2018. He co-edited Migration to and from Taiwan (2013), and his next edited volume, Social Movements in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou, was published in 2017. His most recent co-edited book was Taiwan Studies Revisited, published in 2019.

    "Taiwan’s Contemporary Indigenous Peoples is a thorough examination of indigenous peoples in the country. This volume aptly speaks to the unique historical and multiethnic characteristics of the island>state in strong opposition to the one-dimensional, China-centric narrative within the island-state and across the Taiwan Strait. It is an enjoyable read that extends the horizon of Taiwan’s indigenous studies in response to the ongoing development of the field across the world. "

    Chia-rong Wu, EATS Newletter: issue 19


    "Taiwan’s Contemporary Indigenous Peoples deserves a place on the shelves of all teachers, students, and scholars of Indigenous Studies, in Taiwan and beyond."

    Paul D. Barclay, International Journal of Taiwan Studies (2022)