Forthcoming Nov. 4th!

This book and collection of essays therein were highly anticipated. It was a joy to work with the editors Jolan Hsieh, Scott Simon, and Peter Kang. Available for pre-orders at

.: Description

This book draws attention to the issues of Indigenous justice and reconciliation in Taiwan, exploring how Indigenous actors affirm their rights through explicitly political and legal strategies, but also through subtle forms of justice work in films, language instruction, museums, and handicraft production.

Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples have been colonized by successive external regimes, mobilized into war for Imperial Japan, stigmatized as primitive “mountain compatriots” in need of modernization, and instrumentalized as proof of Taiwan’s unique identity vis-à-vis China. Taiwan’s government now encapsulates them in democratic institutions of indigeneity. This volume emphasizes that there is new hope for real justice in an era in which states and Indigenous peoples seek meaningful forms of reconciliation at all levels and arenas of social life. The chapters, written by leading Indigenous, Taiwanese, and international scholars in their respective fields, examine concrete situations in which Indigenous peoples seek justice and decolonization from the perspectives of territory and sovereignty, social work and justice.

Illustrating that there is new hope for real justice in an era in which states and Indigenous peoples seek meaningful forms of reconciliation, this book is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of Taiwan Studies, Indigenous Studies and Social Justice Studies.

.: Contents

1 Introduction: Understanding historical (in)justice, while moving toward Indigenous justice and reconciliation

Jolan Hsieh and Scott E. Simon

Part One: Territory and sovereignty

2 Demarcation of Indigenous traditional territories: A wrong turn toward reconciliation

Lin Shu-Ya

3 Extractive industry, traditional territory, and the politics of natural resources in Taiwan: The history and political economy of Indigenous land struggles in the Taroko area

Chen Yi-fong

4 Indigenous toponyms under the state policy of the standardization of geographical names

Peter Kang

5 Hunting rights, justice, and reconciliation: Indigenous experiences in Taiwan and Canada

Scott E. Simon

6 Courts and Indigenous reconciliation: Positivism, the a priori, and justice in Taiwan

J. Christopher Upton

Part Two: Social Work

7 Carrying historical trauma: Alcohol use and healing among Indigenous communities in Taiwan

Ciwang Teyra and Hsieh (Wendy) Wan-Jung

8 Indigenous social work and transitional justice in Taiwan

Kui Kasirisir (Hsu Chun-Tsai)

9 Across separate spheres in transitional justice: Comparison of marital quality between Han and Tayal groups in the Yilan area

Shu-chuan Lai

Part Three: Justice from the Classroom to the Museum

10 Flux, vision, voice, survival: On a decolonizing filmmaking practice in Taiwan

Anita Wen-Shin Chang

11 Toward reconciliation and educational justice: Employing culturally sustaining pedagogy in an introductory linguistics course

Apay Ai-yu Tang

12 How we can exhibit the ‘other’ culture: The process of understanding the Indigenous Taiwanese peoples in a Japanese museum

Atsushi Nobayashi

13 Recreating the beauty of glass beads: A case study on the multicolor patterned beads of Paiwan

Yu-Hsin Wang