SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

The Power of Saying “Sorry” – One year after the apology to Taiwan’s indigenous peoples

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Tobie Openshaw

Date: 7 July 2017Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 7 July 2017Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: G3

Type of Event: Summer School

This is part of SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies Summer School Programme.
To register to attend please click HERE.


In 2016, Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen offered a comprehensive apology to the island’s indigenous people, for injustices suffered under past regimes. Months before this historic event, Tobie Openshaw started collecting various voices - hearing people’s hopes, wishes, and in many cases deep skepticism, about the apology.

Tobie’s film includes voices from people in the street, people in the mountains, politicians, academics, indigenous leaders from other countries, and passionate protesters and activists. This film is a work in progress, and Tobie’s talk will feature photos and video clips that chart the process of telling the story of Taiwanese indigenous spirit, while not shying away from the inevitable problems and controversy.

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Tobie Openshaw is a South African-born filmmaker living in Taiwan for 18 years. His work has been seen on documentary channels such as National Geographic, Discovery, and Al Jazeera.

Tobie is particularly committed to telling the stories of Taiwan’s indigenous people, with several documentary and other projects in the works.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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