Donnerstag, 09. Dezember 2021, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Indigenous Youth in Taiwan

A New Generation and Hopes for the Future

SIN 1 Department of East Asian Studies/ Sinology
Spitalgasse Hof 2 Aufgang 2.3, 1090 Wien


Demographic statistics from Taiwan show that the Indigenous population is younger than the population at large. The Indigenous youth is different in some ways that older generations: less likely to speak Indigenous languages, more mobile, more urban, more likely to speak English, and more connected to the world. Thinking about Indigenous youth makes it possible for us to take stock of the Indigenous movement – until now based around land-based sovereignty claims – while looking to the future. Yet, the Taiwan Indigenous Youth Front already has a history, a significant bilingual internet presence, and lots of new ideas. In June 2020, they even joined the Black Lives Matter protest in Taipei. What have been the priorities of the Indigenous social movement to date? What does the Indigenous Youth Front ask for? What do demographics of Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples tell us about the possibilities for the future of Indigenous rights claims in Taiwan?

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Vienna Center for Taiwan Studies

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Astrid Lipinsky
Universität Wien
Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften