SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Indigenous Cultural Identities and Practices in Higher Education

IMG - Prof Tien-tai Wu
Prof Tien-Tai Wu

Date: 9 July 2018Time: 12:00 AM

Finishes: 13 July 2018Time: All Day

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Lecture


Indigenous Studies within the Academy started from encouraging indigenous students to study themselves by the academic trainings in the College of Indigenous Studies (CIS) in 2001. In order to get the balance between indigenous and multicultural education, both indigenous and non-indigenous graduate students have conducted their thesis about indigenous affairs. There are three core elements about indigenous studies which are culture, language and development. We emphasize the importance of cultural preserving and longevity.

After 18 years, we bring not only more indigenous peoples but also excellent indigenous studies into the higher education. Indigenous curriculum such as Indigenous Cultures in Taiwan, World Indigenous Cultures, Ethnic Languages are all required courses in CIS. Many indigenous courses such as indigenous history, Indigenous Social Development, Indigenous Education are all available for the college students. We also offer some courses such as Indigenous cultures, inter-cultural communication, Eastern Taiwan History for the General Education in the university. It is important to create a multicultural learning environment for both indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in higher education.

Faculty members go through the integrated research projects and are forming the feelings of in the same boat in campus. We learn from each other including the colleagues from different disciplines, tribal elders and students. Beyond cultural responsive teaching, indigenous cultures are represented and recreated by “enhancing education relevancy, family and community involvement and cultural identity (McCarty 2012)” in the CIS. We connect each other and promote a new model for indigenous higher education in Taiwan.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Tien- Tai Wu’s area of expertise lies in cultural anthropology, indigenous education, and intercultural communication. She graduated from the Ohio State University in the U.S. where she earned a Ph.D. in anthropology. Dr. Wu started out as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Education at the Hualien Teacher’s College in 1990. In 1991 she set up the Center of Indigenous Education at the same college and obtained the tittle of first director for this Center.  She worked at The Hualien Teacher’s College until 1995 when the Institute of Ethnic Relations and Cultures at the National Dong Hwa University started the new programs about ethnic studies in Taiwan. She was the Dean of the College of Indigenous Studies at the National Dong Hwa University from 2015-2017. Now she is a full professor in the Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures at National Dong Hwa University. Also she is serving as a member of Indigenous Education Policy Committee for the Ministry of Education in Taiwan.

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