SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Ways of Returning Home: Indigenous Youths, Jobs, and the Tribal Community

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Dr Yu-Bin Chiu

Date: 28 November 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 28 November 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Lecture


Most disadvantaged parents in contemporary indigenous tribes often hope their children can find a job and settle down in urban area in order to get a better life. This migration trend might be slowing down from time to time by various reasons, e.g. national labour policy introducing foreign workers since the early 1990s that has been pushing urban indigenous workers in construction or manufacturing industries back to their hometown, or nature disasters (such as Typhoon Morakot in 2009) that might bring urban indigenous people back home for taking care of homeland or parents. The pattern of job seeking of these involuntary returning-home is very different from that of voluntarily returning-home. My current research is focusing on the job-seeking pattern of young indigenous people who intended to return to and settle down in the tribe community after finishing the vocational college or university education. By interviewing indigenous youth settled down in the tribe, tribe leaders, and teachers at indigenous education institutes in Pingtung and Taitung, I try to identify several patterns of job-seeking in these voluntary returning-home cases which might have different motivations and experience various conflicts. Finally, the obstacles for contemporary indigenous youth to return to the tribe community will be discussed.  

Speaker Bio

Chiu Yu-bin 邱毓斌 is an associate professor at the Department of Social Development at National Pingtung University in Taiwan and has a PhD in sociology from Essex University. Prior to his academic career, he was a union organizer and served as the first general secretary of the Taiwan Confederation of Trade Unions (2000–01). He was also the founding member of the Taiwan Tertiary Education Union in 2012 and has served as a union representative since. His research interests focus on comparative labour movements, the sociology of work and employment, social movements and NGOs in new democracies. 

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