Global Affairs: Taiwan: whose narrative has not been told? Tuesday at Shoreline Community College

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Taiwan: whose narrative has not been told?
Christianity as the Ethnic Identity of Indigenous Peoples of Taiwan

Mayumi Steinmetz
Japanese Language and Asian Studies
Shoreline Community College

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 12:30-1:30 PM
Shoreline Community College, Building 9000, Room 9208

Did you know that Taiwan has been home to Austronasian-speaking indigenous peoples for thousands of years? In the 19th century, these 16 tribes lost their sovereignty and now live under the shadow of the dominant culture.

Professor Steinmetz visited Taiwan for four months last year to learn more about the story of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan, including interviewing several leaders of the indigenous people.

She found the indigenous tribes to be resilient and unified, with a strong ethnic identity. They are united by their history of struggle and hardship, but also by the adoption of Christianity. This conversion has helped them cope with the acculturation process under both Japanese and Chinese authority. The majority of these tribes confess Christianity as their religion, in contrast with four percent of the general Taiwanese population.

Professor Steinmetz’s research was supported by a Taiwan Fellowship grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China.

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Presented by Global Affairs Center, Shoreline Community College

Additional support from Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

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