Vorträge zur Geschichte und Gesellschaft Taiwans
Edited By Sonja Peschek
Yedda Palemeq: No People Are an Island: on Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples in the Permanent Forum and the Austronesian Forum
Yedda Palemeq1 No People Are an Island: on Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples in the Permanent Forum and the Austronesian Forum2 What follows is a review of the international participation of Taiwan- ese indigenous peoples written largely from personal observation. Since 2001, I have had the chance to work with both governmental and non-governmental organizations abroad as well as at home for the sake of furthering international cooperation in indigenous affairs. As a member of a delegation, the interpreter, and at times, the coordinator, I visited the Polynesian Cultural Center in Hawaii, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York, the Sami Parlia- ment in Norway and the Ngarachamayong Culture Center in Palau. I also authored and coauthored blog articles and official reports on in- digenous international participation.3 These experiences have allowed me to see the potential of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples to link Taiwan 1 Yedda Palemeq was officially registered on February 21st, 2011 as my aboriginal name. Although my Chinese name Wang Ya Ping (王雅萍) is equally valid, I now use ‘Yedda Palemeq’ more often than its Chinese counterpart. I am Paiwan from the south of Taiwan, and I now study as an MPhil student in the Department of History of Leiden University in the Netherlands. 2 This title is very different from the original talk given on May 29th 2010, “From En- gaged to Engaging: on the Formosan Indigenous Encounter with Strangers in the Dutch and Contemporary Periods”. Considering the purpose of that talk was to share my...
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