Filipino filmmaker Joselito Altarejos tackles issues of identity and belonging, embodied by the profoundly moving stories of a Filipino mechanic and a gay Taiwanese aborigine student.
Words of an Indigenous Girl in Taiwan: I Hope People Will Not Forget the Language Spoken by Our Ancestors.
According to the UNESCO report, in addition to Pazeh, there are five aboriginal languages in Taiwan that are labeled as "critically endangered," nine as "vulnerable," and 16 tribal languages are partially extinct. On November 26, the Executive Yuan passed the draft of the Aboriginal Language Development Act to help preserve the endangered aboriginal languages.
A Bunun clergyman points out that aboriginals hunting and eating food from the mountains is part of their traditional culture, therefore the government should not punish aborigines for hunting on days that aren’t tribal ceremonies.
National Chin-Yi University of Technology was awarded the Special Prize for a life jacket that is traceable and has a warning function. The Special Prize symbolizes the highest honor awarded by the Nuremberg Invention Exhibition conference. The prize hasn’t been awarded for two years and was given to Chin-Yi University of Technology this year.
Aboriginal students studying in private schools have heavier economic burdens than those who go to public schools. They have to pay an extra amount of about NT$ 25,000 (approximately US$ 750) for tuition compared with the ones that attend public schools. This also threatens the education rights of aboriginal students who already have relatively less educational and economic resources.
“When mainstream teaching materials can not teach the aboriginal kids how to understand themselves, then we must figure out a curriculum and teaching materials suitable for aboriginals to allow the kids to learn by what they are most familiar with.”