Ms Pei-chien Wu
MSc (LSE), BA (National Taiwan University)
Ethnic relations, food and religion.
My work intends to see identity shaping process from an emic point of view. Theories unearthed so far have long focused on the external explanation, i.e. the etic standpoint, of ethnicity, be it inventionalist, instrumentalist or transactionalist approaches. However, the indigenous knowledge and construction of ethnicity in reality often play autonomous role in the shaping of their identity. It is not to say that the external explanations should be completely discarded, but instead, the focus should be shifted from external forces to the interaction between external and internal power struggle. Through the discourse maintained by indigenous and external forces, e.g. nation-state, colonial ideology, international relations, the identity of a group of people thus takes shape.
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