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It sure was hard to focus on class preparation, including writing this blog, with everything that is happening in Taiwan. I keep watching the news online, and find it hard to even think about anything else. It is historically unprecedented for student protestors to occupy a Parliament. This is Taiwan's biggest political crisis in decades.

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Writing Indigeneity in Taiwan
        Ever since Clifford
and Marcus (1986), anthropologists have been aware of the political
implications of their craft; and these concerns have reverberated through
Taiwan Studies (Shih, Thompson, and Tremlett 2008). Writing about indigenous
peoples ha...

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What is Law? Legal Pluralism in Taiwan
Indigenous hunters demanding recognition of their right to hunt (Image source: http://web.pts.org.tw/titv/mealc/main.php?Channel=titv&XMAENO=1252&XMBENO=3769)   The ‘law’
side of things is not a bounded set of norms, rules, principles, values, or
whatever f...

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Gods, Ghosts, and Governors : Embodying Religion and the State in the Contemporary ROC
Medium in Taiwan (source: http://duncanyui.pixnet.net/blog/post/97679819-%E5%8D%97%E4%B8%8B%E3%80%81%E6%AD%A1%E5%96%9C%E5%8B%95%E5%9C%9F%28%E4%B8%8B%29)         Observers of Chinese religion have long
been enchanted by the endurance of Chinese imperial symb...

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Contested Nationalisms on Taiwan
"In
an anthropological spirit, then, I propose the following definition of the
nation: it is an imagined political community - - and imagined as both
inherently limited and sovereign.” Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities:
Reflections on the Origin and S...

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Chinese Culture or Taiwanese Culture? An Epistemological Quandary in Anthropology
Image source: http://www.kmt.org.tw/page.aspx?id=54.         There was much wailing and gnashing of
teeth in the 1990s, as post-colonial anthropologists vilified the history of the discipline
as handmaidens of colonialism. Taiwan was no exception. Hong and ...
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