SemesterFall Semester, 2017
DepartmentGeneral Education Courses in Humanities General Education Courses in Social Sciences
Course NameAn Introduction to the Indigenous Languages and Cultures ofTaiwan
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule
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Grading criteria

Attendance 20%
Participation in discussions 40%
Writing and presentation 40%

  • Truancy will negatively affect your grade. Students who are absent without due reason for three or more times will automatically fail this class.

  • Excessive use of quotation will negatively affect your grade. Students who commit plagiarism will fail this course.

Grading scale

90-100 80-90 70-80 60-70 50-60 below 50
A+ A B C D E
excellent very good good average fail fail


Textbook & Reference

Reference works

  • Balcom, John, and Yingtish Balcom, eds. Indigenous Writers of Taiwan: An Anthology of Stories, Essays, and Poems. New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2005.

  • Bellwood, Peter, James J. Fox, and Darrell Tryon, eds. The Austronesians: Historical and Comparative Perspectives. Canberra: Department of Anthropology, Australian National University, 2006.

  • Blust, Robert. The Austronesian Languages, Revised Edition. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, 2013.

  • Campbell, William. Formosa Under the Dutch: Described from Contemporary Records, with Explanatory Notes and a Bibliography of the Island. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co., 1903.

  • Cauquelin, Josiane. The Aborigines of Taiwan. The Puyuma: From Headhunting to the Modern World. London: RoutledgeCurzon, 2004. Print.

  • Hsieh, Shih-Chung. "From Shanbao to Yuanzhumin: Taiwan Aborigines in Transition." The Other Taiwan: 1945 to the Present. Ed. Murray A Rubinstein. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1994. 405–419.

  • Hsieh, Fu-Hui, and Shuan-Fan Huang.  "Documenting and Revitalizing Kavalan." Documenting and Revitalizing Austronesian Languages. Ed. Victoria Der-Hwa Rau and Margaret Florey. Manoa, Hawai'i: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007. 93–110. Print.

  • Hsu, Wen-hsiung. "From Aboriginal Island to Chinese Frontier: The Development of Taiwan before 1683." China's Island Frontier: Studies in the Historical Geography of Taiwan. Ed. Ronald G Knapp. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1980. 3–29.

  • Lamley, Harry J. "Taiwan under Japanese Rule, 1895-1945. The Vicissitudes of Colonialism." Taiwan: A New History. Ed. Murray A. Rubinstein. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1999. 201–260.

  • Li, Paul Jen-Kuei. "The Dispersal of Formosan Aborigines in Taiwan." Selected Papers on Formosan Languages. Volume 2. Ed. Paul Jen-Kuei Li. Taipei: Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica, 2004. 1033–1044.

  • Li, Paul Jen-Kuei.  "Formosan Languages: The State of the Art."  Selected Papers on Formosan Languages, Volume 1. Ed. Paul Jen-Kuei Li. Taipei: Academia Sinica, 2005. 49–65.

  • Lin, Yih-Ren, Lahwy Icyeh, and Da-Wei Kuan. "Indigenous Language – Informed Participatory Policy in Taiwan: A Socio-Political Perspective." Documenting and Revitalizing Austronesian Languages. Ed. Victoria Der-Hwa Rau and Margaret Florey. Manoa, Hawai'i: University of Hawai'i Press, 2007. 134–161. Print.

  • Meacham, William. "Austronesian Origins and the Peopling of Taiwan." Austronesian Studies Relating to Taiwan. Ed. Paul Jen-Kuei Li et al. Taipei: Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, 1995. 227–253.

  • Munsterhjelm, Mark. "The First Nations of Taiwan: A Special Report on Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples.Cultural Survival June 2002. 15 Mar. 2017.

  • Stainton, Michael. 2007. The politics of Taiwan Aboriginal origins. In Murray A. Rubinstein (ed.), Taiwan: A New History. New York: Armonk.

  • Full Text of President Tsai Ing-Wen's Apology to Indigenous PeopleFocus Taiwan, 1 Aug. 2016.

  • Report on the Control of the Aborigines in Formosa. Taihoku: Bureau of Aboriginal Affairs, 1911.



  • Chang, Anita. Tongues of Heaven. 2013. Documentary.

  • Cheng, Yu-Chieh, and Lekal Sumi. Wawa No Cidal [太陽的孩子]. 2015. Feature film.

  • Wei, Te-Sheng. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale [賽德克·巴萊]. 2011. Feature film.

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