ANTHRO 247R: Modernization and Taiwan Indigenous Studies

Quarter: Winter 2020
Instructor: Stephen Acabado and Dr. Da-wei Kuan

Seminar, three hours. Historical examination of impact of modernization on indigenous populations in Taiwan beginning with Han colonization. Examination of integration of indigenous groups into state politics and market economy, and state-sponsored discourses that forced erasure of indigenous cultures and knowledge. Study of resistance by groups to assimilationist processes through emergence of new strategies meant to maintain indigenous identities with regard to Han hegemony. Focus on intensification of indigenous peoples' tie to land. Offers framework to understanding Taiwan indigenous peoples' experiences under modernization. S/U or letter grading.