|"Voices from the Margin,"
what a sympathetic expression it sounds!
Who could be in the margin? Really, I don't pay much attention to the
problems of the indigenous people in Taiwan. After reading the article
from Free China Review, I start to notice what the bad condition the
indigenous people are facing is.
In the article, six indigenous persons are interviewed; some are
males, and some, females, and almost of them are working for the rights
of their tribes. According to their words, there are lots of unfair or
inconvenient requirements or attitude from the government and society.
For example, negative impression, name, political position, facial
tattoos, mother tongues, and so on. Although many people say they want
to protect the indigenous culture, like Han scholars and cultural workers
or the government, they actually do nothing useful! So, these indigenous
persons think the main solution is to waken up the indigenous people to
notice their rights!
Many people have the negative impression on the indigenous people,
like drinking or prostitution. However, drinking is their tradition, and
because of lower education, some girls are forced to do prostitution.
So, we should treat them with equal attitude. Moreover, I think art
should not be mixed with profits or fame. That's too sad many people
steal the ideas or songs of the indigenous people. For example, in the
Olympic in 1996, they steel one song by a couple of indigenous people as
their subject song. Luckily, someone found the truth and pointed out who
is the original singer. Furthermore, about their mother tongues, I think
the condition is improved a little. Because I know some elementary
schools in the eastern in Taiwan have the two languages teaching, mother
tongue and Mandarin, it must help a lot to keep the culture!