2011International conference


The Pacific world can be seen as a "oceanic continent," mapped throughout the ages by migrations and exchanges. In its midst, islands are the vantage points from which different mapping strategies have been taking and are still taking place, offering a variety of viewpoints on the Pacific, its contours and its dynamics.


This conference – the first one organized by the Taiwan Society for Pacific Studies – aims at identifying the ways of mapping the Pacific in time and space that have been developed by islanders, especially by Austronesian populations. Such "mapping" has taken place through migration roads, tales, songs and genealogies, as well as by astronomic or geographic charts and artistic renderings. Taking these representations both in their irreducible variety and as an organic whole may help a new generation of scholars to challenges the usual ways of looking at the Pacific world, thus enabling the inhabitants of this "oceanic continent" to enrich and develop the interactive process through which they understand their history and destiny.

In other words, the objective of this conference is twofold: (a) accounting for the diversity of the "mappings" of the Pacific continent so as to challenge and renew historical, geographical and ethnographic insights on this part of the world; (b) allowing a younger generation of scholars to compare the insights they have gained in confronting local and global knowledge. Researchers from Taiwan ­ the island between the Asian continent andthe Pacific, believed to be the starting point of Austronesian expansion into the Pacific, being the periphery and the core at the same time will also present their perceptions of this oceanic continent as it is observed and imagined from Taiwan.

The conference agenda was divided into four sub-topics:

- Routes and MigrationsMapping of the Pacific in terms of itineraries, migrations and spatial dynamics.

- Methods of MappingMapping through tales, genealogies, drawings and pictograms, history of modern mapping, mapping perspectives according to locations.

- Sacred Space-TimesSacred elements in traveling and mapping, missionary routes and their rationale, conversions, new religions and the blurring of traditional religious mappings.

- Alliances and ConflictsMaritime Law and the drawing of boundaries, boundaries and conflicts around natural resources, fishing rights, garbage disposal; representations of the Pacific space and diplomatic strategies.

Conference date

16-17 February, 2011


National Central Library (20 Zhongshan S. Road, Taipei, Taiwan 100-01)

Life Sustainability Awards

Five prizes were awarded at the end of the conference to grass­root leaders or communities that have made a significant contribution to cultural diversity, sustainable development and spiritual empowerment in the Pacific world.


Li-chun Lee



Pierre Maranda


Keynote speech: Mapping and Unmapping the Pacific: Island Perceptions of an “Oceanic Continent”


BA. Université Laval 1949
M.A. Université de Montréal 1954
L. PH Université de Montréal 1955
PH. D. Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) 1966

Academic positions

Instructor and Research Director, Laboratory of Social Relations, Harvard University, 1963-1966.

Research Fellow, Harvard University, 1966-70.

Directeur d'études, 6e section, Sciences économiques et sociales, École Prati­que des Hautes Études, Paris, 1968-69; 1994 --.

Professor of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 1969-75.

Visiting Professor, Collège de France, 1975.

Professeur chercheur, Université Laval, 1975 - .

Visiting Professor, Universidade federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, 1982.

Visiting Professor, Université de Toronto, ISISSS, 1987

Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia, ISISSS, 1988.

Visiting Professor, Université de Toronto, ISISSS, 1989.

Directeur, Département d'anthropologie, Université Laval, 1989-1992.

Visiting Professor, Université Omar Bongo, Libreville (Gabon), 1991, 1992.

Visiting Professor, Ecole des Hautes Études en Sciences sociales, Paris, 1994.

International Career Adviser, Harvard University, 1991 -­-

Professeur émérite, Université Laval, 1997

Academic Distinctions

Président, Société canadienne de Sociologie et d'Anthropologie, 1970-1971. Président, Société canadienne d'Ethnologie, 1973-1974.

Several scholarships and reserach grants from: Harvard University Research Fund; Harvard University Milton Fund; National Institute of Health, U.S.A.; Ministère de l'Éducation, France; Collège de France; Ambassade du Canada à Paris; Canada Council; Koerner Foundation; Vancouver Foundation; University of British Columbia; Secretary of State (Multiculturalism); Jeunesse Canada au Travail; P.I.J.E.; FCAR; Ministère de l'Éducation (Québec); Office de la Langue française; Université Laval; Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique (Paris); AUPELF-UREF; Ministère des Affaires internationales du Québec; Ministère des Affaires étrangères de France, etc.

Fellow, Société Royale du Canada.

Médaille du Collège de France (1975)

Doctorat Honoris Causa, Memorial University of Newfoundland (1984)

Prix Molson du Conseil des Arts du Canada en Sciences humaines, 1997

Membre du Conseil, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Toronto

Membre des bureaux de direction suivants:

Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e Linguistica, URBINO (Italie).

Text, Amsterdam.


Recherches Sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry, Toronto.

Toronto Semiotic Circle

Molson Prize for the Humanities and Social Sciences 1996

Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Paris, 1998




1962 (With Elli Köngäs Maranda) Structural Models in Folklore, Special Issue, Midwest Folklore, Indiana University 12; 2e éd.; revue et augmentée, Paris - The Hague: Mouton, 1971.

1970 (With J. Pouillon) eds., Échanges et communications, Mélanges offerts à C. Lévi-Strauss à ['occasion de son 60e anniversaire, 2 vols., Paris - The Hague: Mouton.

1971 (ed.), (With E.K. Maranda) Structural Analysis of Oral Tradition, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

1972 Introduction to Anthropology: A Self-Guide, Prentice-Hall.

1972 (ed.) Mythology, Penguin Books.

1974 (ed.) Soviet Structural Folkloristics, Paris - The Hague: Mouton.

1974 French Kinship: Structure and History, Paris - The Hague: Mouton.

1977 (ed.), Symbolic Production symbolique, no spécial, Anthropologica.

1978 (ed.), L'appropriation sociale de la logique, no spécial, Anthropologica.

1982 (ed. with Eric Waddell) Imposer la bâtardise francophone, numéro spécial de Anthropologie et Sociétés, 6.

1983 Dialogue conjugal. Montréal: Éditions Internationales Alain Stanké

1984 Automatic Text Reading: An Attempt at Artificially Intelligent interpretation. Québec: Université Laval, Laboratoire d'anthropologie de l'Université Laval.

1993 (With Fidèle Pierre Nze-Nguema) L'Unité dans la diversité culturelle: Une Geste Bantu. Québec-Paris: Presses de l'Université Laval et ACCT.

1993 (ed. with Andrée Gendreau) 'Anthropologie et Sociétés “Masques démasqués”, 17 (3)

1995 Sémiotique de l'igname à Malaïta, Iles Salomon. Québec: Université Laval, Laboratoire de Recherches Anthropologiques, Série “Rapports de recherche”.

1999 (With Pierre Jordan and Christine Jourdan) ECHO/CHEO: Encyclopédie Culturelle Hypermédia de l'Océanie/Cultural Hypermedia Encyclopaedia of Oceania. Québec-Marseille: Université Laval, Laboratoire de Recherches Anthropologiques and CREDO.

2000 (With Andrée Gendreau, Pierre Jordan and Christine Jourdan) web site: www.oceanie.org/project


1974 (With Claude Lévi-Strauss) Behind the Masks. (Film) Vancouver, B.C.: National Film Board of Canada.

1987 The Lau of Malaita, Granada Television, Manchester.

Computer Programs

1974 (With Brock Taylor) HEROFINDER - A Computer system for contingency analysis. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Computing Centre.

1989 DISCAN 2.0 - A Computer System for Content and Discourse Analysis.


Over 150 papers in scientific journals and chapters in books.

Participation in international congresses, seminars and special events in Canada, U.S.A., Brazil, Australia, United Kingdom, India, Gabon, France, Germany, Italy, Yugoslavia, Sweden, The Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, Austria, etc.: -- over sixty invited and distinguished lectures.

Hamashita Takeshi


Topic of presentation:

Formation and Transformation of South Pacific Sea Zone: 14-18C

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Professor Hamashita Takeshi was graduated from Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo majoring in 1972. In 1974, he obtained his MA in Humanities at the Department of Oriental History, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology of the University of Tokyo. Hamashita continued his study at the doctorate course at the same university. During the period between 1976 and 1979, Hamashita worked as an assistant research in Centre of Asian Studies, University of Hong Kong and the Toyo Bunko (Oriental Library), Institute of Oriental Culture of the University of Tokyo. Hamashita completed the doctor course at the Graduate School of Humanities, Graduate School of the University of Tokyo at 1978. In 1979, Hamashita started his teaching life and has been teaching in Japan, Hong Kong , China and U.S. Currently he is the Dean, School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Sun Yat-Sen University.



The Resurgence of East Asia : 500, 150 and 50 Year Perspectives, edited by Giovanni Arrighi, Takeshi Hamashita, and Mark Selden. New York : Routledge, 2003

East Asian Geo-Culture under Globalization: From Modern Nation-state to East Asian Regional-world (in Japanese). China: Society and Culture 17, 2002

Okinawa Nyumon: Ajia o Tsunagu Kaiiki Koso (Introduction of Okinawa: A Conception of Maritime Network of Asia). Chikuma Shobo, 2000

Contemporary China and the Study of Modern History: Towards an Understanding of Chinese Society. Acta Asiatica (Toho Gakkai) 62, 1992

“Crossing of Indian Network and Overseas Chinese Network: Comparative Study on Overseas Remittance System”, in Modern South Asia 6, University of Tokyo Press, 2003

China, East Asia and the Global Economy: Regional and historical perspectives, Routledge, 2008


Books translated into Chinese

《中國、東亞與全球經濟》, 王玉茹、趙勁松、張瑋譯,北京:社會科學文獻出版社, 2009



《亞洲價值、秩序與中國的未來:後國家時代之亞洲研究》,臺北 : 中央研究院東北亞區域研究, 2000, 2001重印)

《近代中國的國際契機——朝貢貿易體系與近代亞洲經濟圈》,朱蔭貴、歐陽菲、虞和平譯,北京 : 中國社會科學出版社, 1999

《香港大視野: 亞洲網路中心》,馬宋芝譯,香港:商務印書館(香港)公司,1997



“Sino-Japanese War and East Asia”, (in Japanese ). In Empire State in Asia, ed. by Hidemasa Kokaze. Yoshikawa Kobunkan, 2004

“Tribute and Treaties: Maritime Asia and Treaty Port Networks in the Era of Negotiation, 1800-1900”, (written in English) in The Resurgence of East Asia, ed. by Giovanni Arrighi, Takeshi Hamashita and Mark Selden. Routledge, London, 2003

“Ryukyu Networks in Maritime Asia”, in Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia 3, 2003 http://kyotoreview.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/issue/issue2/index.html

“Cross-over between Overseas Indians Network and Overseas Chinese Network: A Comparison of Their Home Remittance System” (in Japanese). In Contemporary South Asia Vol. 5, World System and Network, ed. by Shigeru Akita and Tsukasa Mizushima. University of Tokyo Press, 2003

"Overseas Chinese Financial Networks and Korea" (written in English) in Commercial Networks in Modern Asia, Routledge Curzon, London, 2001

“The Tribute Trade System and Modern Asia”, Iwanami Shoten, 1997 “World History of Region 11 – Regional History of Control”, (co-ed. and co-author), Yamakawa Shuppansha Ltd., 2000


“Geopolitics: History of Governance of Land and Sea” (in Japanese). In World History of Regions Vol. 11, Regional History of Governance, ed. by M. Kawakita and T. Hamashita. Yamakawa Publishing Co., 2000

“History of Maritime Asia from East Asia's Perspective” (in Japanese). In History of Maritime Asia Vol. 1, Paradigm of Maritime Sea, ed. by K. Omoto, T. Hamashita, Y. Murai and H. Yajima. Iwanami, 2000

“Introduction to Okinawa – Asian Maritime Network Initiative”, [Chikuma Shinsho 249], Chikuma Shobo, 2000

“Tea Trade of China 14-20C” (in Japanese). In Oriental Tea, ed. by T. Takahashi. Tanko-sha, 2000

“Maritime Asia 5 – Cross-bordering Network”, (co-ed. and co-author), Iwanami Shoten, 2000-01

“The Intra-regional System in East Asia in Modern Times”. In Network Power, Japan and Asia, ed. by Peter J. Katzenstein and Takashi Shiraishi. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1997

“Hong Kong – Network City in Asia”, [Chikuma Shinsho 079], Chikuma Shobo, Tokyo, 1996

“The Future of Northeast Asia: Southeast Asia?”, In Rediscovering Russia in Asia: Siberia and the Russian Far East, ed. by Stephen Kotkin and David Wolff. New York: M. E. Sharpe, 1995

“The Tribute Trade System and Modern Asia”. In Japanese Industrialization and the Asian Economy, ed. by A. J. H. Latham. London: Routledge, 1994

“Overseas Chinese Remittance and Asian Banking History”. In Pacific Banking, 1859-1959, ed. by Olive Checkland. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994

“Studies on the History of Modern Chinese History - Haiguan Finance and Treaty Port Market Network in the Late Qing Era” in Bulletin of the Institute of Oriental Culture, the University of Tokyo [Institute of Oriental Culture Journal], Kyuko Shoin, 1989

“Foreign Trade Finance in China, 1810-50”. In State and Society in China: Japanese Perspectives on Ming-Qing Social and Economic History, ed. by L. Grove and C. Daniels. University of Tokyo Press, 1984

“A History of the Japanese Silver Yen and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, 1871-1913”. In Eastern Banking: Essays in the History of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, ed. by Frank H. H. King. London: The Athlone Press, 1983





『中國近代経済史研究──清末海関財政と開港場市場圏』(汲古書院, 1989年)

『近代中國の國際的契機──朝貢貿易システムと近代アジア』(東京大學出版會, 1990年)

『香港──アジアのネットワーク都市』(築摩書房〔ちくま新書〕, 1996年)

『朝貢システムと近代アジア』(岩波書店, 1997年)



『東アジア世界の地域ネットワーク』(山川出版社, 1999年)



『中國経済関係雑誌記事総目録』(東京大學東洋文化研究所附屬東洋學文獻センタ-, 1983年)

『山西票號資料──書簡篇(1)』(東京大學東洋文化研究所附屬東洋學文獻センター, 1990年)

『アジア交易圏と日本工業化──1500-1900』(リブロポート, 1991年)

『漢字文化圏の歴史と未來』(大修館書店, 1992年)

『アジアから考える(全7巻)』(東京大學出版會, 1993年-1994年)

『世界歴史體系・中國史(全5巻)』(山川出版社, 1996年-2003年)

『地域の世界史(1)地域史とは何か』(山川出版社, 1997年)

『アジア大混亂』(NTT出版, 1998年)

『海のアジア(全6巻)』(岩波書店 , 2000年-2001年)

『地域の世界史(11)支配の地域史』(山川出版社, 2000年)

『海と資本主義』(東洋経済新報社, 2003年)

『東アジアの中の日韓交流』(慶應義塾大學出版會, 2007年)



2009, Professor Emeritus, The Ryukoku University at Kyoto

2006, The 17th Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize: Academic Section ( for Intensive Research Projects on East Asian Region )

2004, Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo

1991, The Third Asia Pacific Prize (for the book on Tributary Trade System and Modern China (中文版:《近代中国的国际契机》)

Vilsoni Hereniko


Topic of presentation:

Celebrating Connections Among Our Sea Of Islands

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Beginning with Epeli Hau'ofa’s influential essay “Our Sea of Islands’, this presentation examines the various ways in which Hau`ofa’s vision of an inclusive Oceanian Identity is portrayed at the Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, from 1997 when it was founded to the present. When founded, the Centre was a stand-alone unit at USP, focusing solely on non-formal programs in the arts, particularly painting and contemporary dance. Since Hau`ofa’s death in 2009, the Centre has become the “heartbeat” of USP, and in 2010, USP hired a new Director to integrate the Centre’s arts and cultures programs with academic research and teaching. With unprecedented support from the University toward all things Pacific, the Centre has now changed its name to Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture, and Pacific Studies. This presentation analyses the challenges to this new vision, as well as the opportunities and implications for a new kind of Pacific Studies, one that places the arts and cultures of Oceania on an equal footing with academic research and writing. And one that views Oceania as expanding and growing all the time.


1992 Ph.D; University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
1982 Master of Education, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.
1977 Bachelor of Arts and Graduate Certificate of Education, University of the South Pacific.

Academic Positions

2010 Aug- Professor of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. 2005 Professor of Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai`i.

2005 Visiting Professor, University of Washington (spring quarter.)
2002- Professor, Pacific Islands Studies, UH
1997- Associate Professor, UH.
1996 Visiting Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Semester at Sea (Summer only)
1991- Assistant Professor, UH
1990- Visiting Scholar, East-West Center, Hawai‘i
1985- Lecturer, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Administrative Positions

2010 Aug- Director, Oceania Center for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Fiji.
2008- Director, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai`i.
2002-2008 Acting Director of the Center for Pacific Islands Studies, UH, on several occasions.
2002-2008 Chair, Editorial Board of The Contemporary Pacific, University of Hawai`i.
2005-2008 Chair, Several Search Committees, University of Hawai`i.
2000 Chair of Jury, Hawai`i Filmmakers Award, Hawai`i International Film Festival.

Awards, Grants, Honors

2008-2009 Certificate of Completion, The President’s Emerging Leaders Program, University of Hawai`i.
2008/2009 Award, University of Bergen, Norway. To study land tenure on Rotuma.
2005 Visiting Fellow, Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge.
2005 Best Overall Film for The Land Has Eyes, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, New Zealand.
2005 Visiting Writer, Oceania Center for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific.
2004 Grant, Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Fund, Corporate for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
2004 Best Dramatic Feature for The Land Has Eyes, Toronto Film + Media Arts Festival.
Hawai`i Filmmaker of the Year, Cinema Paradise.
2003 Grant, Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Fund, CPB.
2000-2 Grants for the feature film The Land Has Eyes: Cooke Foundation, Movie Museum, Fiji Visitors Bureau, Suva Rotary Club (Fiji).
2000 For the play Love 3 Times (with Kumu Kahua Theater): National Endowment for the Humanities.
2000 Travel Award, Research Relations Fund, University of Hawai‘i.
2000 Award, Presidential Citation for Meritorious Teaching, University of Hawaii.
2000 Pacific Island Senior Visiting Fellowship, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, The Australian National University.
1998-99 Visiting Fellow, Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center.
1997 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, Hawai’i; given to a writer who has written “a significant body of work of exceptional quality.”
1997 Hubert Bals Fund, Rotterdam International Film Fund. To write screenplay for feature film The Land Has Eyes.
1997 Award, For seminar titled “The Politics of Representation: Ethnography, Literature and Film in the Pacific Islands (with Geoffrey White): National Endowment for the Humanities.
1997 Selected for the University’s publicity brochure titled “Ninety Fabulous Faculty: Manifest our 90th anniversary 1907-1997.”


Books of Original Scholarship

1995 Woven Gods: Female Clowns and Power in Rotuma. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies and University of Hawaii Press.
1985 South Pacific Islanders. With Patricia Hereniko. London. Wayland Publishers.
1977 Art in the New Pacific. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society.
Films2004 Feature Film, The Land Has Eyes, 87 mins., Te Maka Productions.
1997 Short Film, Just Dancing, 11 mins; Te Maka Productions.
1987 Documentary, The Rotuman Clown, 17 mins; University of the South Pacific.


2001 Sina and Tinilau in Beyond Ceremony. Edited by Ian Gaskell. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society.
2001 The Monster [reprint] in Beyond Ceremony. Edited by Ian Gaskell. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society.
1993 Last Virgin in Paradise. with Teresia Teaiwa. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society.
1992 Sambo Meets the Goddess Devi on a Moonless Night. in Mana. Vol 1. No. 2, 75-77.
1989 The Monster and Other Plays. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society. (A collection of six one-act plays.)
1987 Two Plays: A Child for Iva/Sera's Choice. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society.(A Child for Iva was first published by Heinemann, New Zealand.)
1996 Don't Cry, Mama. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society. Reprinted in Chinese Journal of Oceanic Literature, No. 2, 1981. Excerpts of this play are reprinted in Creative Writing From Fiji, edited by Nandan and Atherton. Suva: Fiji Writers' Association, 1985.

Children’s Books

1997 Sina and Tinilau. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, Fiji Writers’ Association, Australian Cultures Fund.
1991 The Wicked Cat.. Suva: Institute of Education, University of the South Pacific.
1991 Lifetimes (Rotuman translation) with Betty Inia. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies.

Editorial Work

2002-8 The Contemporary Pacific, Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the UH Press, Honolulu, Vol. 14.2 – Vol. 20.2
1999 Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics, and Identity in the New Pacific. with Rob Wilson. Lanham, Boulder, New York, Oxford. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.
1997 Wasafiri: Pacific Writing. With Briar Wood, London: University of London, 1997.
1994 Mana. Vol 9:3. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society, 1994. With Suzanna Layton.
1993 Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. Vol.10.1.
1992 Mana. South Pacific Creative Arts Society, Suva.
1990 Realities. With Cliff Benson et.al. Suva: Fiji Ministry of Education. (A comprehension book for senior secondary students in the South Pacific.)
1986 Mana. With Patricia Hereniko. South Pacific Creative Arts Society, Suva.

Chapters/Articles in Books

2006 Dancing Oceania: The Oceania Dance Theatre in Context. The 5th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Edited by Lynne Sears and Suhana Raffel, Queensland Art Gallery Publishing, Brisbane, 32-42.
2005 Dressing and Undressing the Bride and Groom at a Rotuman Wedding. The Art of Clothing: A Pacific Experience. Edited by Susanne Kuchler and Graeme Were, UCL Press, London, 103-109.
2001 David and Goliath: A Response to Subramani’s The Oceanic Imaginary. The Contemporary Pacific. Vol .13. No.1, 163-168.
2000 Mapping the Territory: Emerging Writers in the Pacific. Conversations Vol 1: 2, 26-34.
2000 Indigenous Knowledge and Academic Imperialism. Pacific History and Historiography edited by Borofsky, University of Hawaii Press.
1999 Four Writers and One Critic. Inside Out: Literature, Cultural Politics and Identity in the New Pacific ed. with Rob Wilson, Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, Boulder, New York, Oxford, 55-64.
1999 Clowning as Political Commentary: Polynesia – then and now [reprint]. Art and Performance in Oceania. edited by Barry Craig, Bernie Kernot, Christopher Anderson. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 15-28.
1994 Representations of Cultural Identities. Tides of History: the Pacific Islands in the Twentieth Century. Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 406-434. Also revised and reprinted in Inside Out.
1994 Clowning as Political Commentary: Polynesia, Then and Now. The Contemporary Pacific. Vol. 6. 1. 1994.
1992 Clowning and Culture in Rotuman Weddings. Clowning as Critical Practice: Performance Humor in the South Pacific. Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 167-191.
1992 Education for Self-Determination: Some Examples from Indigenous Pacific Literature. Land, Culture and Development in the Aquatic Continent. Malcolm, Jr.and Jeanne Skog eds. Honolulu: Kapalua Pacific Center, 249-252. An abridged version of this essay titled “On Satirizing the Modern: Literary Lessons for the Pacific” was later published in Cultural Currents. Vol.2. July 1993.
1992 The Monster. Pacific Studies. Vol.15: 4, 177-197. This includes an interview with the playwright.
1977 Dance as a Reflection of Rotuman Culture. Rotuma: Split Island. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies/Social Sciences Association/USP Center, 120-142. Reprinted in Rotuma: Hanua Pumue: Precious Land. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1991.

Entries in Encyclopedia

1998 Music and Theater: The Pacific Islands.The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. Vol. 9. with Adrienne Kaeppler et. al. ed. by Adrienne Kaeppler and J. W. Love, Garland Publishing, Inc. New York and London, 229-240.

1996 Rotuman Art. The Dictionary of Art.. London: Macmillan.


1997 Editors’ Note. Think of a Garden and Other Plays. University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. vii-viii.
1996 Foreword. A Bibliography of Rotuma, compiled by Antonine D. R. N’Yeurt et. al. Pacific Information Centre and Marine Studies Programme of the University of the South Pacific, Suva. vii.
1995 Foreword. Indigenous Literature of Oceania: A Survey of Criticism and Interpretation. Greenwood Press, Westport and London. ix-x.
1993 Prose Poem. Visions of the Pacific. Edited by David Arnell and Lisette Wolk. Rarotonga, Ministry of Cultural Development and Cook Islands Government, 153.
1986 Introduction. Pacific Artists. University of the South Pacific, Suva. vii-viii.

Works in Other Periodicals

2010 Epeli Hau`ofa’s Obituary. Journal of Pacific History, ANU.
1999 Representations of Pacific Islanders in Film and Video. Documentary Box. 14: 18-20 (Yamagata, Japan).
1993 Pacific Island Literature. Manoa. Vol. 5.1. 47-49.
1993 On Satirizing the Modern: Literary Lessons for the Pacific. Cultural Currents. East-West Center. No. 2. July, 3 and 11.
1990 The Clown's Story. After Narrative. Subramani ed. Suva: University of the South Pacific, 223-229.
1987 Rotuman Storytelling.Tukuni Mada Mai: Towards Children's Literature for the South Pacific. Suva: USP/Institute of Education, 49-58.
1987 Drama Methods in the Teaching of English to Fifth and Sixth Forms in Fiji. Directions. Vol.10. No.2, USP/IOE, Suva, 71-81.
1986 Drama Methods in the Classroom. Teaching News. Suva Association of Teachers of English.
1979 Creative Expression and Pacific Awareness. Pacific Perspective. Vol 8:1. French version in Perspectives du Pacifique. USP Center/ South Pacific Social Sciences Association, Vila, 1983.


2002 From the Sideline: An Interview with Brij V Lal, Historian and Constitutional Commissioner. The Contemporary Pacific. 14:168-184.
2001 An Interview with Subramani. The Contemporary Pacific 13: 1, 184-198.
1998 An Interview with Patricia Grace.The Contemporary Pacific 10: 154-163. Also reprinted in Inside Out.
1995 An interview with Alan Duff. The Contemporary Pacific 7: 328-344. Also reprinted in Inside Out.
1993 Following in Her Footsteps: An Interview With Albert Wendt. Manoa. Vol. 5.1. 51-59.
1993 An Interview with Albert Wendt. The Contemporary Pacific 5: 112-131. Also reprinted in Inside Out.
1993 Comic Theater of Samoa: An Interview With John. A. Kneubuhl. Manoa. Vol. 5.1. 99-104.

Short Stories

1994 The Unfinished Fence. Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English since 1980, edited by Albert Wendt. Auckland: University of Auckland Press and Honolulu, University of Hawai`i Press, 1995.
1992 When East Meets West.Te Rau Maire: Poems and Stories from the Pacific. Rarotonga: Ministry of Cultural Development et.al., 69-73.
1986 The Encounter. Mana. Vol.9. No: 1, 31-40.
1980 Split Island. School Journal. Wellington: School Publications Branch. Part 3: No.1, 19-21.
1978 The Unfinished Fence. Mana. Vol.2 No.2, 1978. Reprinted several times by the Fiji Ministry of Education in Roots 1977 for use in schools.
1977 The Convert.Third Mana Annual of South Pacific Creative Writing. Suva: South Pacific Creative Arts Society, Suva. Also reprinted by Fiji Ministry of Education in Roots, 1977 for use in schools, and in Chinese Journal of Oceanic Literature. No. 4, 1982. This Mana annual also has my poem “The Mat Weavers.”
1977 The Royal Visit. Sinnet. Vol 1, No.1. This issue also has my poem “The Storm.”

Translated Book and Play

2006 La derniere vierge du paradis. Translated by Sonia Lacabanne. Pacifique et Compagnie and Centre culturel Tjibaou, Noumea.
1981 Du Pacifique. Translated by Eric Le Moal. Institute of Pacific Studies, Suva.

Original Articles in Translation

1997 “Representations of Pacific Islanders in Film and Video” in Documentary Box: 145: 18-20. [in Japanese]
1990 “Pacific Art.” Leer: MUNDO-Verlag, 58-64. [in German]

Articles by Japanese scholars

Yasukawa, Akira

1996 Vilsoni Hereniko: The Playwright of the South Pacific. The Bungaku Roshu of Kansai University. 45 (1): 29-44. (In Japanese)

Nakamura, Kazue

1996 Teikoku o Kainarase. Waseda Bungaku. no 242 (July): 909-93. (In Japanese)

Bio. Entered in

2000 The Pacific Islands: an encyclopedia. Brij Lal and Kate Fortune (eds.) 532.
1995 Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literature in English, edited by Eugene Benson and L. W. Conolly. London and New York: Routledge: 654-655
1991 Writers from the South Pacific: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Encyclopedia. Washington D. C: Three Continents Press, 149-150.

Produced Plays

1984-2007 Fine Dancing, Love 3 Times, Last Virgin in Paradise; The Monster; Sera’s Choice; Sina and Tinilau; A Child for Iva; Don’t Cry, Mama; The Shadow; Good Morning, Class!; A Class of 88; Sambo Meets the Goddess Devi on a Moonless Night, Islands at Sea. Locations of productions for the above include Suva, Port Moresby, Honolulu, Hilo, Auckland, Eugene, London.

Media and Performance

2010 Taipei International Indigenous Film Festival, Taiwan.
2009 Official Selection, The Land Has Eyes, Origins Theater and Film Festival, London, England.
2005 Official Selection, The Land Has Eyes, Singapore International Film Festival, the Paris Film Festival, and the Film Forum in Germany.
2004 Writer, Director and Co-Producer of feature film The Land Has Eyes.
2004 Official Selection, The Land Has Eyes, Sundance Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Hawai`i International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival and many others.
2003 Consultant to production of Fine Dancing at Ernst Lab Theater, University of Hawai`i.
2001 Consultant to the production of commissioned play by Kumu Kahua titled Love 3 Times.
1998/9 Coordinator of Asian/Pacific Film Tour for NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia-Pacific Cinema), Asia-Pacific Media Center, University of Southern California. This tour was booked by eight universities in the United States.
1998 Writer and Director of a short film Just Dancing. This film had its world premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival in Korea in 1998. Since then, it has been an official selection at the Hawaii International Film Festival, the Los Angeles Asia-Pacific Film Festival, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. It was also part of the NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asia-Pacific Cinema) tour for 1999 and was screened at the Four Star Theater in San Francisco and the Honolulu Academy of Art. Just Dancing was screened as part of the SPACLALS (South Pacific Association of Commonwealth Literatures and Language Studies) International Conference held at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, 1999.
1992 A Conversation with Albert Wendt. An interview for Spectrum Hawai`i, Hawaii Public Television.
1997 Tour of Fine Dancing to Guam, sponsored by the Guam Humanities Council.
1997 Guest of the Pusan International Film Festival, Korea.
1997 Writer and Director of new play Fine Dancing. Ten performances on the beach of Magic Island, Honolulu, in August, 1997.
1997 Guest of the Indian Government. India International Film Festival, Trivandrum.

Conferences, Seminars, and Scholarly Presentations

2009 Corpus Christi, University of Cambridge, Lecture titled “Cultural Translation: Pacific Islands Filmmaking and the Marketplace.”
2009 Birbeck College, University of London, Lecture on contemporary filmmaking in the Pacific Islands.
2008 Featured Speaker, Conference titled “Folktales and FairytalesL Translation, Colonialism, and Cinema,” University of Hawai`i. 2008 Speaker, Conference on Pacific Studies, Australian National University.
2008 Panelist, “Indigenous Film and Globalization”, Hawaii International Film Festival.
2005 Discussant for ASAO (Association of Social Anthropologists for Oceania) symposium on Pacific art. 2003 Featured Speaker, Conference on “Clothing the Pacific: A Study in Innovation” organized by the University of London and the British Museum.
2003 Featured speaker on the Pacific Islands, United Nations Association, Honolulu.
2002 Convener of Conference in the fall titled “Myth, Terrorism and Justice: Themes in Pacific and Asian Literature and Film.”
2001 Featured Speaker at “Pacific Islands, Atlantic Worlds: Pacific Islands Symposium” at New York University.
2000 Keynote Speaker, Conference on Pacific Literature at the Australian National University, Canberra.
2000 Keynote Speaker, Conference on Story at the University of Notre Dame.
2000 Keynote Speaker, West Maui Regional Consortium for Teaching Asia and the Pacific in the Schools (CTAPS). Topic: “Asia and the Pacific on Film: Using Media in the Classroom.”
1999 Conference. Interactive Frictions: At the Pressure Point between Theory and Practice. Featured Speaker, University of Southern California. 1998 Featured Speaker for the UH President’s Club Maile Lecture Series. Topic: “Negotiating Identities: A Pacific Islander’s Perspective.”
1998 Keynote Speaker, Opening of Pacific Art Exhibition at the University of Utah, organized by Pacific Islands students.
1997 Convener of CPIS conference titled “Featuring Paradise: Representations of Pacific Islanders in Film and Video”; in association with the Hawai`i International Film Festival.
1997 Co-director of NEH seminar titled “The Politics of Representation: Ethnography, Literature and Film in the Pacific Islands. June 16-July 25, 1997.

Professional Service

2009 Co-Director and Curator, Second Pacific Islands Film Festival, Honolulu Academy of Art. 2009 International Jury, Festival International du Film Documentaire Oceanien (FIFO), French Polynesia.

2008 International Jury, 26th International Fadjr Theatre Festival, Iran.
2008 Co-director and Curator, First Pacific Islands Film Festival, Honolulu Design Center.
2002-2008 Editor, The Contemporary Pacific.
1996 External Examiner for a Ph.D dissertation, Adelaide University in Australia.
1996 Consultant for University of Oregon’s Pacific Islands Studies program.

Boards and Committees

2008-2009 Senator, UH Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Planning and Policy

Transition Committee for the Reorganization of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Board Member, The Contemporary Pacific

Board Member, Monograph Series

Member, Search Committee, CPIS

2003-2005 UH Program Review Committee.
1993- Corresponding editor for New Zealand and the South Pacific, Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing.
1995- Member of Advisory Committee for The UTS Review, a journal of cultural studies and new writing funded by the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.
1994-95 Board Member, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.
Board Member, Kumu Kahua Theater, Honolulu.


Cheng-hwa Tsang


Topic of Presentation:

Is Taiwan the homeland of the Austronesian-speaking people?

Click here to watch an interview with him

Cheng-hwa Tsang is an archaeologist. He received his Ph.D from Harvard University in 1986, and is a Research Fellow at the Institute of History and Philology in Academia Sinica . He has also served as the Executive Officer of the Center for Archaeological Studies at the RCHSSW, Academia Sinica. His research interests focus on the archaeology in Taiwan, South Chinas and Southeast Asia, and his major research topics include cultural contact and change, settlement pattern and social structure. Addition to archaeological research, he has made efforts of applying archaeology to social services and cultural heritage preservation.

Patrick Savage


Topic of Presentation:

Music as a marker of human migrations

(Presented on behalf of Dr. Steven Brown)

Click here to read his speech and see an interview with him


McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

M.Sc. candidate in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour 2011 (anticipated)

-Supervisor: Steven Brown

-Tentative thesis title: Music as a marker of human migrations-

Amherst College, Amherst, MA, USA

B.A. Honours in Music 2007

-Summa cum laude honours with distinction, 3.93 GPA

-Honours thesis: "The Calvin & Hobbes Suite-(35-multi-genre composition in four movements for big band and choir)

-One of 10 students featured in the special graduation edition of the student newspaper



MEXT Scholar, Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science & Technology 2011 --

Roland Woods Fellowship, Amherst College 2010

Travel Award, Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research 2010

Composer-in-Residence, Samuel Marsden Collegiate High School 2007 Phi Beta Kappa 2006

National Merit Scholar 2003

ATCL (Recital) Diploma in Piano Performance, Trinity College of London 2003

New Zealand Under-12 Chess Champion 1995 -1997


Travel Award, Graduate Students Association, McMaster University 2010

Travel Award, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster University 2010

Graduate Fellowship and Visa Student Tuition Bursary, McMaster University 2009 -2011

Amherst-Doshisha Fellowship, Amherst College & Doshisha University 2007 -2008

Alpha Delta Phi Thesis Fund, Amherst College 2007

Dean of Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, Amherst College 2006

Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellowship, Amherst College 2005

Financial Aid Grant, Amherst College 2003 -2007

Teaching Experience

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Teaching Assistant -Psychology 3MA3

"The Neuroscience of Music Cognition"(Dr. Laurel Trainor -Spring term) 2011

Graded exams and term papers, met and corresponded with students

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Teaching Assistant -Psychology 2MA3 "Music Cognition"(Dr. Steven Brown-Fall term) 2010

Set up online music playlists, graded exams and term papers, met and corresponded with students

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Teaching Assistant -Psychology 3H03

"The Arts and the Brain"(Dr. Steven Brown -Spring term) 2010 PATRICK SAVAGE PAGE 2

Graded exams and term papers, met and corresponded with students

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Teaching Assistant -Psychology 2C03: "Social Psychology"(Dr. Jennifer Ostovich -Fall term) 2009

Graded exams, held office hours, met and corresponded with students

Sonia Musikgarten, Wellington, New Zealand

Music Teacher -Music Makers 1 & 2, Adult Keyboard 2009

Taught children aged 4-7 and adults holistic musicianship skills including singing, listening, movement and instruments

Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

Lecturer -"Music, Language and Culture"(Fall & Spring terms) 2007 -2008

Designed and taught course using music to teach English and culture to 1st-year university students

Related Experience

Samuel Marsden Collegiate High School, Wellington, New Zealand

Musical Director 2009

Planned, rehearsed and conducted senior school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan

Amherst-Doshisha Fellow 2007 -2008

Studied Japanese and Japanese music (koto, shamisen, noh), taught English in University and community classes, acted as Amherst College ambassador to our sister university

Samuel Marsden Collegiate High School, Wellington, New Zealand

Composer-in-Residence 2007

Commissioned to compose an original piece for women choir and piano, assisted head music teacher with lessons, rehearsals and House Music production

Amherst College, MA, USA

Howard Hughes Summer Research Fellow 2005

Synthesized organic compounds and engineered mutant enzymes under Dr. Anthony Bishop

Publications and Presentations

Rzeszutek, T., Savage, P., & Brown, S. (2010). Music as a novel marker in the study of prehistoric human migrations.

(Abstract and poster presented at the 2010 meeting of the American Society for Human Genetics, Washington DC, USA)

Savage, P., Rzeszutek, T., & Brown, S. (2010). Using music classification to study pre-historic human migrations.

(Abstract and poster presented at the 10th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology, Sheffield University, UK)

Savage, P., Rzeszutek, T., & Brown, S. (2010). Using music analysis to study human migrations.

(Abstract and poster presented at 1st International Conference on Analytic Approaches to World Music, University of Massachusetts, USA)

Rzeszutek, T., Savage, P., & Brown, S. (2010). Music as a novel marker in the study of historical human migrations

(Abstract and poster presented at 1st International Conference on Human Migration, University of Kansas, USA)

Savage, P., Rzeszutek, T., & Brown, S. (2010). Using music classification to study pre-historic human migrations.

(Invited talk for Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour Cognition/Perception Seminar Series, McMaster University, Canada)

Savage, P. (Ed.) (2007). Thoughts of Amherst, 2

Savage, P. (Ed.) (2006). Thoughts of Amherst, 1

(Founding Editor-in-Chief of this journal featuring best academic work by Amherst College undergraduates)

Savage, P., & Bishop, A. (2005). Synthesis and protein tyrosine phosphatase inhibition selectivity of bumped inhibitor analogues (or lack thereof).

(Poster presented at Howard Hughes Summer Research Poster Session, Amherst College, USA)


English -native language

Japanese -non-native fluency (passed Level 1 Japanese Language Proficiency Test in 2008)


Scarlett Chiu


Topic of Presentation:

The way of doing things: what can Lapita pottery tells us about the stories of Austronesian expansion

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology of U.C. Berkeley. I am currently working as an Associate Research Fellow in the Center for Archaeological Studies, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica. My field experience includes work in Taiwan, Hawaii, Kingdom of Tonga, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands. During the past 6 years, projects that I have conducted so far all aim to bring more detailed information on the patterns of Lapita colonization, to illustrate whether a series of exchange networks existed in this region in the prehistory, and how these networks might have empowered the Austronesians to cope with the newly discovered landscapes. My research themes have been focusing on three major aspects:

1) development of an online database system for Lapita pottery; 2) motif analysis and the relationships between material symbols and social developments; and 3) petrographic and chemical analyses of New Caledonian Lapita pottery. I have conducted a multiple-year project on constructing the online Lapita database, three research projects funded by the National Science Council (two of them have received the “Outstanding Research Award” in the “Distinguished Young Scholars Research Projects” Category), and five multiple-year research projects funded by Academia Sinica.

By investigating the modes of ceramic production and distribution of ancient Oceanic societies some 3500 years ago, my research examines the adaptation strategies expressed materially in Lapita pottery, which was a technology newly introduced by the Austronesian-speaking populations from Southeast Asia to the Pacific. This work involves morphological, stylistic, and compositional (XRF, INNA, ICP-MS) analyses of Lapita pottery collected from New Caledonia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu sites. My research interests include colonization strategy, materialization of social identity, the development social complexity, socio-economic exchange networks, the intensification and specialization of local pottery production, archaeometry, ceramic production techniques and operational sequences, and interpreting social relations utilizing a “House Societies” perspective.


Jean Tréjaut


Topic of presentation:

Population Migration Routes in Oceanic South East Asia and Melanesia

Academic History

Doctor of Philosophy (Sydney, Australia)

Master of Science (Sydney, Australia)

Diploma of education (Sydney, Australia)

Diploma of Medical molecular genetics (Rennes, France)

Bachelor of Sciences (Sydney)

Professional Experience

Research Fellow in population genetics, Immunohaematology Research Laboratory, (Taipei Mackay Memorial Hospital, 2001-2003).

Senior Hospital Scientist, Department of molecular genetics, Tissue Typinglaboratory, Sydney Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Australia (Sydney,1983-2000).

Main interest

I work on statistical inference of demography from DNA sequence data,particularly prehistoric human demography as inferred from mitochondrial DNA(mtDNA), Y chromosome and HLA variation

My collaborators include Dr Martin Richards (University of Leeds), Dr Toomas Kivisild(Estonian Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia), Dr Steven Brown (McMaster University, Canada)


Trejaut J., Dunckley H, Doran T, Chapman J (1990). Comparison of serological class II typing with DNADRand DNA-DQ typing of kidney donors and recipients. Transplantation Proceedings 22 : 5:2133

Trejaut J., Dunckley H, Sullivan J, Kennedy C, and Crane G (1992). Analysis of HLA class IIallogenotyping in Australian Aborigines and Papua New Guinea populations. Tissue Antigens39: 1-7.

Trejaut J., Dunckley H (1994). HLA-DRB5 genotyping by PCR-RFLP. Tissue Antigens 43:60-63.1996

Trejaut J.,Bhatia K, Greville WG, Hu KR, Duraisamy G, Nuchprayoon C, Donald J, Aziz A, Dunckley H(1996). HLA-DR2 haplotypic diversity in populations of Southeast Asia, Northern China,Melanesia and Australian Aborigines using PCR-RFLP for DRB1, DRB5, DQB1 and DQA1. Anovel DRB1 allele: DRB1*16022. European Journal of Immunogenetics 23: 437-449.

Trejaut J., Greville W, Duncan N, Dunckley H. A novel DRB1 allele (DRB1*0815) defined in anAustralian Aborigine. Tissue Antigens 1997: 49: 529-531.

Trejaut J., Duncan N, Greville W, Boatwright S, Kennedy C, Moses J, Dunckley H. HLA Class II DR andDQ typing in New South Wales Australian Aborigines. A novel DRB1 allele: DRB1*8Taree. In:Charron D, ed. 12th International Histocompatibility Workshop and Conference Proceedings.enetic diversity of HLA: Functional and Medical Implications". Sevres: EDK InternationalPublisher Medicine and Science. Vol 2:197-199.

Trejaut J., Hobart D, Kennedy A, Greville WD, Taverniti A, Dunckley H. New DRB1* alleles (HLADRB1*1135, DRB1*1430 and DRB1*1433) and a confirmatory sequence (DRB1*1133). ).Tissue Antigens 2000: 55: 89-91.

Trejaut J., Hobart D, Kennedy A, Greville WD, Taverniti A, Dunckley H. 2000. New DRB1* alleles(HLA-DRB1*1135, DRB1*1430 and DRB1*1433) and a confirmatory sequence (DRB1*1133).Tissue Antigens. 55: 89-91.

Trejaut J., Kennedy A, Hobart D, Le T, Greville WD, Ng G, Taverniti A, Dunckley H. PCR-RFLP typingdetects new HLA-DRB1 alleles: DRB1*13022, DRB1*1336 and DRB1*1435. European Journalof Immunogenetics 28, 441-447.

Trejaut J.A., Tsai Z.U., H.L. Lee, Z.X. Chen, Lin M. 2004. Cytokine gene polymorphisms in Taiwan.Tissue Antigens 64:492-499.

Trejaut JA, Kivisild T, Jun Hun Loo, Zheng Yuan Li, Hui Lin Lee, Hsiao Lin Chang, Chen Cung Chu,and Marie Lin (2005) Trace of archaic Mitochondrial lineages persist in Austronesian-speakingFormosan populations. PLOS Biology, vol 3,issue 8, e247

Soares P, Rito T, Trejaut J, Mormina M, Hill C, Tinkler-Hundal E, Braid M, Clarke DJ, Loo J-H,

Thomson N et al. . 2011. Evidence for the role of Early Holocene voyaging in Polynesian origins

American Journal of Human Genetics Accepted for publication 28th December 2011.

Soares P, Trejaut JA, Loo J-H, Hill C, Mormina M, Lee CL, Chen YM, Hudjashov G, Forster P, Macaulay

V et al. . 2008. Climate Change and Postglacial Human Dispersals in Southeast Asia. Mol Biol

Evol 25(6):1209-1218.

Tabbada KA, Trejaut J, Loo JH, Chen YM, Lin M, Mirazon-Lahr M, Kivisild T, and De Ungria MC.

2010. Philippine Mitochondrial DNA Diversity: A Populated Viaduct between Taiwan and

Indonesia? Mol Biol Evol 27(1):21-31.

Jun-Hun Loo, Jean Alain Trejaut, Yu-mei Chen, Ju-Chen Yen, Zong-Sian Chen, Chien-Liang Lee, Marie

Lin. 2011. Genetic affinities between the Yami tribe people of Orchid Island and the Philippine

Islanders of the Batanes archipelago. Accepted for publication, BMC Genetics Dec 2010.

Trejaut J, Chien-Liang Lee, Ju-Chen Yen, Jun-Hun Loo, Marie Lin, 2011. Ancient Migration Routes of

Austronesian speaking populations in Oceanic South East Asia and Melanesia might mimic the

spread of NPC. Accepted for publication Open Access Chinese Journal of Cancer (CJC) Dec


Ta Chuan Sun (Paelabang Danapan)

opic of Presentation: The final proposition for the indigenous peoples’ movement in Taiwan

Click here to read his speech or watch it online


Minister, Council of Indigenous Peoples




M.A., Sinology Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

M.A., Department of Philosophy, Fu Jen Catholic University

B.A., Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University


  • Adjunct Associate Professor, the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Tsing Hua University (2008-2009)
  • Director General, The Taiwan Association for Indigenous People’s Cultural Development (2008-2009)
  • Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Literature, National Chengchi University (2006-2009)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature, National Taiwan University (2005--2009)
  • Director, the 3rd and 4th Board of Directors, Public Television Service Foundation (2004-2009)
  • Director, the 1st and 2nd Board of Directors, National Chiang Kai Shek Cultural Center (National Theater Concert Hall) (2004-2009)
  • President, Graduate Institute of Taiwanese Ethno-Development; concurrently Chairman of Department of Indigenous Languages and Communication, National Dong Hwa University (2002-2006)
  • Chairman of the Board, Formosa Aboriginal Song & Dance Troupe (2001-2009)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Taiwan Indigenous Voice (2000-2009)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, National Tsing Hua University (2000-2002)
  • Member, Education Commission, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan (2000-2009)
  • Chief Planner, Taiwan Indigenous Voice (1996-2000)
  • Deputy Minister, Council of Indigenous Peoples, Executive Yuan (1996-2000)
  • Adjunct lecturer, Fu Jen Catholic University (1994-1996)
  • Secretary General, The Taiwan Association for Indigenous People’s Cultural Development. (1993-1996) & Editor-in-Chief, Taiwan Indigenous Voice (1993—1996)
  • Administrative Committee Member, National Languages Committee, Ministry of Education (2000-2009)
  • Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Soochow University (1988-2000)
  • Secretary to the President, Kuangchi Program Service (1982-1984)








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第七卷 《海人‧獵人》翻譯海洋文學作家夏曼藍波安的長篇小說〈海人〉


第八卷 《原住民文化‧文学言說集Ⅰ》:原住民文學評論的合集(上)

第九卷 《原住民文化‧文学言說集Ⅱ》 :原住民文學評論的合集(下)



Katerina Teaiwa


Topic of Presentation:

Cultural policy, festivals and the performing arts in Oceania

Click here to watch her speech online and for an interview with her

BS (Santa Clara), MA (Hawaii), PhD (ANU)

Katerina is Pacific Studies Convener in the School of Culture, History and Language, Head of the Pacific group of scholars in CHL, Head of the Equity Project in CHL, and Head of the Pasifika Australia Outreach Program. She was born and raised in Fiji and is of Banaban, I-Kiribati and African American descent. Her research focuses on cultural policy and cultural industries in the independent Pacific; cultural approaches to Pacific regionalism; the Pacific diaspora; and phosphate mining history and culture on Banaba in Kiribati, Rabi Island, in Fiji and historically in Australia and New Zealand through the work of the British Phosphate Commissioners. You can read more about here research at the ANU Reporter.

She is a consultant with UNESCO on intercultural dialogue and sustainable development, and Austraining International and ANU Enterprises doing cross cultural and development training for the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development program.She also has a background in contemporary Pacific dance and was a founding member of the Oceania Dance Theatre at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. You can read some essays on dance Katerina has written at Dances of Life and an opinion piece on representations of Fiji and the Pacific in the media at ABC The Drum Unleashed and the Canberra Times.


In this presentation I explore the ways in which performing arts festivals, particularly the Festival of Pacific Artsheld every four years, shapes cultural and political relations in Oceania. Recently the Secretariat of the PacificCommunity has prioritised development through heritage and the arts in order to "structure the culture sector" in thePacific Islands. A major tool for this process is building cultural policies in each member state. I discuss the potentialimpact of this and the ongoing significance of cultural exchange and regional identity formation through the arts.

Research interests

Much of Katerina's research has focused on the histories of phosphate mining on Banaba/Ocean Island in Kiribati, and the ways in which these connect with the development of agriculture in Australia and New Zealand through the work of the British Phosphate Commissioners. She specifically looked at the movement of Banaban rock and the kinds of organic and inorganic relations created by the shipping, production and consumption of phosphate. In turn, she also looked at the ways in which indigenous Banabans make sense of this history and survive creatively in their new home of Rabi in Fiji. Her work has inspired a permanent exhibition at the Museum of New Zealand's Te Papa Tongarewa, which tells the story of phosphate mining in the Pacific through Banaban dance. She also writes on and has taught courses about popular culture and consumption, globalization, women's studies, contemporary Pacific dance studies, Pacific diasporas, visual ethnography, and theory and method for Pacific Studies. She is interested in the relations between island regions and from 2003-07 she was a member of the Islands of Globalization project team which connected the Pacific and the Caribbean through popular, policy and pedagogy projects. She is currently working on cultural policy and cultural industries in the Pacific following UNESCO frameworks and conventions.

Key publications

•2008 "Salt Water Feet: the flow of dance in Oceania," in Deep Blue: reflections on nature, religion and water, Andrew Francis and Slyvie Shaw eds., London, Equinox Publishing Ltd.

•2007 Editor, Indigenous Encounters: reflections on relations between people in the Pacific, Centre for Pacific Islands Studies Occasional Paper Series, University of Hawai'i, No. 43.

•2007 Co-Editor, "Margins and Migrations in South Asian Diasporas", with Monisha Das Gupta and Charu Gupta, Cultural Dynamics, 19 (2) University of Texas and Sage.

•2007 "South Asia Down Under: Popular Kinship in Oceania," Cultural Dynamics, 19 (2)

•2007 "Islands of Globalization: Pacific and Caribbean Perspectives", with Esther Figueroa, Gerard Finin, Scott Kroeker and Terence Wesley-Smith, in Social and Economic Studies, Vol. 56, Nos 1 and 2, March/ June 32-40.

•2005 "Our Sea of Phosphate: the diaspora of Ocean Island," in Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations: Unsettling Western Fixations, Graham Harvey and Charles D. Thompson Jr, eds., London: Ashgate Press.

•2004 "Multi-Sited Methodologies: homework between Fiji, Australia and Kiribati," in Anthropologists in the Field, Jane Mulcock and Lynne Hume, eds., New York: Columbia University Press.


Hui-Min Chou(Mayaw)


Topic of Presentation:

Integrating Indigenous knowledge in culturally responsive curriculum


Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Maryland
Dissertation: Educating urban Indigenous students in Taiwan: Six teachers’ perspectives

Comprehensive Areas: Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Education

M.A. ShinChu University of Education
B.A. Taitung University

Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica

2007 Fall
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dong Hwa University

Post Doc., Taiwan Normal University


Chou, Hui-Min & Shu-Huei Yen (2008). The development and evaluation of Indigenous education policy in Taiwan. Forth coming.

Chou, Hui-Min & Shu-Huei Yen (2007). Indigenous Education: A comparative perspective. Taiwan Indigenous Studies Review, 2, 65-95.

Chou, Hui-Min (2007). An interpretive study of Han teachers’ beliefs on teaching urban indigenous students in Taiwan, Taiwan International Studies Quarterly, 3(2), 47-84.

Chou, Hui-Min (2007). The development of Indigenous higher education in the United States, Taiwan Indigenous Studies Review, 1, 125-146.

Chou, Hui-Min (2007). Multicultural teacher education: Toward a culturally responsible pedagogy. Essay in Education, 21, 139-162.

Chou, Hui-Min. (2007). Teachers’ beliefs about teaching urban indigenous students in Taiwan. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 495 652)

Chou, Hui-Min. (2007). Introduction to teaching: An ethnographic study. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 495 651)

Chou, Hui-Min. (2007). Colonial education in Taiwan and the Philippines. Comparative Education (SSCI). Manuscript under review.


Fieldwork Experience


Collecting data on the project of “Higher education of Native American in the U.S.A.” from National Archive of the United States., the Library of Congress, and Smithsonian Institution.


Working on the project of “Introduction to teaching: An ethnographic study”


Working on the dissertation project, entitled “Educating urban indigenous students in Taiwan: Six teachers’ perspectives.”

2005-2006 Working on the research project entitled “Amis age group study” Taitung, Taiwan.

2007/1-2007-12 Research project entitled “An micro-ethnographic study on classroom teaching” Taipei, Taiwan.


Research Interests

Multicultural Education, Indigenous Education, Teacher Education, Professional Development, Urban Education, Comparative Education.

Professional Societies

Member, Association for Curriculum & Instruction, Taiwan 1998

Member, Chinese American Educational Research and Development Association 2002-present

Member, American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2003-present

Member, Taiwan Indigenous Professor Association 2005-present.

Da-wei Kuan(Daya)


Topic of Presentation:

“Discovering” Austronesia: The Study of Austronesian Discourses in Taiwan


Austronesia was literally geographical and introduced by linguist to refer to a group of related languages. InTaiwan, the term Austronesian is significant since it involves in the process of identifying the indigenous peoplesand therefore the national building. Aiming to reveal this process, this paper: 1) reviews the historical context underwhich the term Austronesian Peoples appeared and was attached with special meanings; 2) analyzes how thestate, academics and indigenous elites participated in the construction of the Austronesian discourse; 3) points outthe power relations behind, and how this relations informs the representation of Austronesia. In the end, this paperfurther discusses how such representation influences the way indigenous peoples is located in Taiwan society.

Keywords: Austronesia, Taiwan Indigenous People, Discourse, Representation

Pei-yi Guo


Island Linkages and Colonial Modernities: Review and Prospect of Oceanic Studies in Taiwan

Read her speech here

Pei-yi Guo is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, and is jointly appointed at the Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS), Academia Sinica. With a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, she has been doing researches in Melanesia, especially in Malaita Island (Solomon Islands). Her interests include historical anthropology, landscape and place, law and land disputes, local currency (shell money) and exchange, and the epistemology and methodology of anthropology.

Website: http://idv.sinica.edu.tw/peiyiguo/

Francis X. Hezel SJ

Francis_Hezel_4Topic of Presentation:

The Other “Ties That Bind”: Christianity in East Asia and the Pacific.

Grant McCall


Religious foundations and practices on Rapanui (Easter Island): History and the present day

Senior Lecturer of School of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of New South Wales, Australia

BA Cal. Berkeley, BLitt Oxon., PhD ANU

Grant McCall is a social anthropologist who studies the peoples and cultures of the Pacific Islands, most especially those of Eastern Polynesia from Mangaia, in the Cooks group, to Rapanui (Easter Island).

Research Areas

Current research examines globalisation, memory and colonialism as is to be a book called Matamu‘a, the word the Rapanui use to mean history. The theoretical innovation in Matamu‘a is to link the global with the local using time structuration as the core device.

Future plans include the making of short ethnographic films for research and teaching as lived experience and an enquiry into the Pacific Islands as an “Oceanic Empire”.

For some time, Grant convened an innovative fieldwork course where students lived the daily lives of Pacific Island villages in Fiji, the Solomons, Samoa, Tonga, and New Caledonia.

As well as the focus on the region, he is interested in the particular features that mark island societies, proposing the concept of “Nissology”, the study of islands on their own terms, as a way of focussing such research.

Of late, he has started to make short ethnographic films, beginning with Australian topics and most recently “Churches of ‘Eua”, film in Tonga in 2007 and available for viewing at the Royal Anthropological Institute’s 11th International Festival of Ethnographic film in 2009.

Grant has been foundation convener and, now, Vice-President of the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies (AAAPS) as well as being President of the International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA). Complimenting his research, he also is on editorial and advisory boards of journals and Non-Government Organisations as well as a frequent contributor to professional publications.

In recognition of his contributions to the communities with he has been working, Grant was awarded Honorary Citizenship on Jeju Island, Korea, and honourary membership of Te Mau Hatu, the Rapanui Elders Council.

From 1987 to 2003, Grant was foundation Director of the Centre for South Pacific Studies at UNSW and, from 2004 to 2008, Director of the South Pacific Resource Centre. Both these institutions sponsored conferences, produced a Newsletter and monograph series, as well as working with government and non-government organisations, Australian as well as overseas, for the promotion of knowledge and well-being of the peoples of the Pacific islands.

In addition to a long (since 1976) association with UNSW, Grant has taught at the universities of Copenhagen and the South Pacific as well as having visiting fellowship at the University College, London, and the universities of Chile, Cambridge, Hawai‘i, Provence, Jeju and Valparaíso. Grant has been an invited keynote speaker at conferences in China, Fiji, New Caledonia, France, Japan and Spain.



Basque–Americans and a Sequential Theory of Migration and Adaptation. San Francisco: R & E Research Associates, 1973. ISBN 0 88247 23000 5 (paper bound only).

(Edited with Alexander F. Mamak), Paradise Postponed. Research for Devel¬opment in the Pacific. Sydney: Pergamon Press, 1978. ISBN 0 08 02300 04 (cloth); 0 08 02333005 9 (paper bound).

Rapanui. Tradition and Survival on Easter Island. Sydney: George Allen and Unwin, & Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1980. ISBN 0 86861 274 X (cloth only).

Dharma Dynamic. New Delhi: Cosmos Publications, 1982. (No ISBN , cloth only).

Anthropology in Australia: Essays to Honour 50 Years of Mankind. Sydney: The Anthropological Society of New South Wales, 1982. ISBN 0 9593201 0 5 (paper bound only).

(Edited with I.H. Burnley and S. Encel), Immigration and Ethnicity in the 1980s. Australian Studies Series. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1985. ISBN

(Edited with John Prescott), Kava: Use and abuse in Australia and the South Pacific. Monograph Nº 5. Kensington, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, 1989. ISBN 0947 229 04 3.

(with John Connell) Islanders in the West: Pacific Island migrants in Blacktown. Blacktown, Blacktown Migrant Resource Centre, Inc., 1989. ISBN 0 7316 6796 4.

(General Editor), Sydney talk: Australia in the South Pacific. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 1. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies, 1990. ISBN 0 7334 0075 2.

(Editor), Arguing for aid: Some Australian voices. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 5. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies, 1992. ISBN 0 7332 0204 6.

(Edited with John Connell), A World Perspective on Pacific Islander Migration: Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 6. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies, 1993. ISBN 0 7334 0285 2

Rapanui. Tradition and Survival on Easter Island. Sydney: George Allen and Unwin, & Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1994. Second Revised Edition. ISBN 1-86373-668-9.

Rapanui. Tradición y sobrevivencia en Isla de Pascua. Translated by Ana Betty Haoa Rapahango, with Louise Noel and Elena Carro Lalanne. Los Osos, Easter Island Foundation, 1998. ISBN 1-880636-15-8.

Recent articles (last 10 years and excluding book reviews and the like)

2000. “A question of audience: The effects of what we write”. In Sjoerd R. Jaarsma & Marta A. Rohatynskyi (eds), Ethnographic artifacts. Challenges to a reflexive anthropology. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press. 2000. Pp. 61-85.

2006. “Mangaia”. In Carol R Ember & Melvin Ember (eds), Encyclopaedia of World Cultures Supplement. New Haven, Human Relations Area Files. Pp. 197-200.

2006. “Oceania: History & economic development”. In Thomas M. Leonard (ed), Encyclopaedia of the developing world. New York, Routledge. Pp. 1189-1192.

2006. “Pacific Islands Forum”. In Thomas M. Leonard (ed), Encyclopaedia of the developing world. New York, Routledge. Pp. 1219-1220.

2006. “Rapanui: Traum und Alptraum. Befachtungen zur Konstruktion von Inseln”. In Heide Weinhäupl & Margit Wolfsberger (ed), Trauminseln? Tourismus und Alltag in “Urlaubsparadiesen”. Vienna, Lit Verlag. Pp. 263-278.

2006. “Migration in Oceania: A quick overview of the settlement and continuing occupation of an acquatic continent”. Novara Number 6: 29-42.

2008. “Another (unintended) legacy of Captain Cook? The evolution of Rapanui (Easter Island) tourism”. In John Connel & Barbara Rugendyke (eds), Tourism at the grassroots: Villagers and visitors in the Asia Pacific. London, Routledge. Pp. 41-57.

2009. “Rapanui”. In Rosemary Gillespie (ed), The Encyclopaedia of Islands. Berkeley, University of California Press. Pp. 244-251.

2009. “The structuration of Rapanui autonomy”. In Edvard Hviding & Knut Rio (eds), Social movements, cultural heritage and the State in Oceania. Oxford, Berg.

Other Information

Many of Grant's articles and videos are available on UNSWorks:



Religious foundations and practices on Rapanui (Easter Island): History and the present day


Rapanui is the world's most remote inhabited place, the furthest east of the great Austronesian migrations originating in Taiwan centuries ago. The Rapanui arrived with an Eastern Polynesian religious practice, adapted it to their remote environment and in the latter pre-contact days, transformed their worship to symbols of climate change, the arrival of migratory birds in the Austral spring when the word (Orongo) went out to the island that another cycle of life had started. Missionary Catholicism arrived in 1864 and forms still the core of syncretic beliefs, with numerous other Protestant sects of recent arrival. This syncretism is demonstrated by the myth of why Rapanui changed from being the world's most isolated place prior to 1966 to its position now as a focus of some 50,000 tourists every year. "Myth" is used here in the Malinowskian sense of a "charter for belief". Rather than see the development of Pacific societies with a static map on their oceanic continent, this paper argues that we must look realistically what the late Epeli Hau'ofa called the "sea of islands" and their ever evolving cultures.

Li-Ming Hsia



The Subjestivities in the Crossover Action: A Critical Note for the "Keep Rowing Project" from Lanyu to Taiwan, 2007.

HSIA, Li Ming, MA of geography, National Taiwan Normal University. An adjunct professor in National Taitung University (2010-), and the organizer in Eastern Taiwan Studies Association(東台灣研究會) (2000-) currently.

HSIA had been a visiting scholar in Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica (1996), Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica (1999), Universiteit Leiden (2007), Royal Holloway University of London (2008).

HSIA promotes and focuses on Eastern Taiwan Studies for a long term. The research topics in early period were environment, history, location, policy of development, ethnic issue and its impact to the change of Eastern Taiwan society. Recently, shifts the focuses on imagination, identification, dynamic of local development, and the like.


Pi-chen Liu

Liu_PCsTopic of Presentation:

The Shamanism of Taiwan Indigenous Peoples in Contemporary Contexts.

LIU Pi-chen, who holds a PhD in social Anthropology from Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences sociales of Paris, is an assistant research fellow at the Academia Sinica’s Institute of Ethnology, Taiwan. She is co-organizer (with Hu Tai-li) of research group “ Shamans and Ritual Performances in Contemporary Contexts” in Taiwan. She has published a book and articles on the shamanic rituals of two Taiwan indigenous

peoples (Kavalan and Amis). The Kavalan and Amis were headhunters before 1920 and matrilineal and matrilocal societies until 1970. She is interested in studying the continuing dialectical relationship between construction of social gender and shamanism in these societies.


Arthur Leger SJ


Topic of presentation:

Falling Off the Map: Global Issues from a Regional Perspective.

Fr Arthur Leger, born in 1955, is from the Pacific Islands, a citizen of Fiji, and joined the Jesuits in Micronesia in 1994. He has a long career as an educator, both before joining the Society and afterwards. He has completed Master’s degrees in Educational Administration, Christianity and Culture, and in Divinity. At Gonzaga University, Spokane, he completed a doctorate in Leadership Studies, with his thesis on the pastoral approach of Church leaders in the Pacific. Fr Leger is especially alert to questions of culture, cultural differences, and the way these realities affect spirituality and religious practices. He has interest in pastoral adaptation and renewal, questions central to the programs of the EAPI.

He is currently the director of the east Asia Pastoral Institute, Manila.

Tsung-rong Yang

edwin-cciv-wall_sTsung-Rong Edwin Yang (Ph.D., Australian National University, Pacific and Asian History, RSPAS) is an associate professor in College of International Studies and Educational for Overseas Chinese, National Taiwan Normal University. He is also an associate research fellow at the Taiwan ASEAN Studies Center, or TASC, at the Chung Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER) in Taiwan, ROC.

His research interests include Asia-pacific studies, cultural diplomacy, language policy, ethnic studies. He taught regularly research methods, Southeast Asian studies, Chinese culture and society, Taiwan-Southeast relations. He also served as the director of Taiwan Education Center in Bangkok, the director of recruitment in Office of International Affairs, NTNU. He currently serves as the director of Taiwan Office in Asia Pacific 21 Association.

Yakov Zinberg



Japan’s position of territorial contender in Pacific area.

Professor in international relations at Kokushikan University, Tokyo, and North East Asia regional editor for Boundary and Security Bulletin (IBRU, University of Durham, UK). Formerly Research Associate at Hokkaido University's Slavic Research Center. He has published extensively on Japan's territorial issues, in English and Japanese. Born and raised in the Soviet Union, he is a US citizen and spends part of the year in Washington, DC.

Nakao Eki Pacidal


Topic of Presentation:

The Role of the Inbetweeners: Cross-cultural dialogue and an experimental writing of Eastern Taiwan history

Nakao Eki Pacidal is a member of the Amis tribe, eastern Taiwan. She is a researcher at the Ricci Institute and assistant chif-editor of the Renlai Monthly. She is now doing doctoral research at Leiden University, the Netherlands, focusing on history of eastern Taiwan. Among other works, she has translated into Chinese Professor José Borao's work The Spanish Experience in Taiwan, 1626-1642: The Baroque Ending of a Renaissance Endeavour.

Fabrizio Bozzato


Topic of Presentation:

Looking South: Taiwan’s Diplomacy and Rivalry with China in the Pacific Islands Region

Fabrizio Bozzato, born in 1973 in the Veneto Region (Italy), is a political analyst with a double expertise in Pacific Studies and China-Holy See relations. He holds an M.A. in International Relations (University of Tasmania, Australia) and a Master in Political Science (Milan State University, Italy). He also attained a Grad. Dip. in International Politics with high distinction (University of Tasmania, Australia).

He has worked with the Centre for International and Regional Affairs at the University of Fiji (Fiji Islands) and is currently living in Taiwan, where he is an Associate Researcher at the Institute. Fabrizio is presently pursuing a PhD in International Affairs and Strategic Studies at Tamkang University. He believes that "the currents of the global ocean are shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific Rim, and especially Asia." [Langi Kavaliku].

Yedda Wang

YeddaYedda Wang (Wang Ya-Ping), born a Paiwan in Mudan, Pingting; graduated from DFLL, NTU; once a translator/editor at TITV and a contract-coordinator at CIP; now a student at the Faculty of History, Leiden University, working on Indigenous-European relationships since European expansion period, historiography and the writing of history, literary theory and archive research.

Richard Herr



Mapping the regional boundaries and security systems in the modern (post-WW II) era.

Richard Herr has taught at the University of Tasmania since his appointment in October 1972 and has held a variety of positions within the University including Head of Department. He is currently the academic coordinator for the Faculty of Law’s Parliamentary Law, Practice and Procedure course, which provides professional development for the 11 Parliaments of Australasia. He earned a PhD in Political Science from DukeUniversity and, during his academic career; he has written widely on aspects Pacific Island affairs, parliamentary democracy, elections, South Antarctic politics, and marine resource policy. Prof. Herr has held visiting appointments in New Caledonia, New Zealand, United States and the USSR.

He holds non-resident appointments as an Adjunct Professor in Fiji and in Norway. Prof Herr has served as a consultant to the Governments of the PacificIslands region on a range of organisational issues for nearly three decades and most recently on the restoration of parliamentary democracy in Fiji. He was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2007 Queen’s Birthday Honours List “for service to higher education". In 2002, he was presented with an AusAID Peacebuilder award for his work in Solomon Islands.


Wei-lin Tseng

TsengsWei-lin Tseng, graduated from the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology, Tainan National University of the Arts. From 2009 to 2010, Tseng studied at ISI Yogyakarta (Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta, Indonesia) as part of a one year masters student exchange program and engaged in field work related to the thesis. Tseng’s research is focused on the ritualistic female dance “Bedhaya Semang” in the Yogyakarta palace.

Topic of presentation:

Inheritance, Reconstruction and Connection: The Development and Evolution of Bedhaya Court Dance Musical Culture in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Chun-an Chia

JiaChun-An Chia is a master’s student in the Department of Ethnology, National Chengchi University. In 2009 she was an ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Youth Ambassador. From 2009 to 2010, she visited Tuvalu three times, staying there for six months in total. She engaged in fieldwork on the 3 main islands of Tuvalu, the capital Funafuti, central island Vaitupu and north island Nanumaga, living with island families and observing church and family activities.

Her research interests are religious life and family relationship.

Topic of presentation:

The Christianity and kinship of Tuvalu

Meng-shan Lee

LeeMeng-shan Lee is a master student of Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University. From 2008 to 2010, she had been to Fiji three times and stayed there for six months in total. Her fieldwork site is a village along the Rewa River, Viti Levu. She lived with villagers and observed village women’s special economic activity, collecting the kai (fresh water mussels). Her research interests are gender and economic aspects of modern village life.

Topic of presentation:

Black Stones in the Dark Stone (Naganivatu)- women’s economic and social performance in Fiji.

Yu-chao Cheng

ZhengsYu-chao Cheng graduated from the Department of Music of Tainan National University of the Arts where she majored in the yang qin (Chinese dulcimer) and Chinese percussion and is often invited to perform by various orchestras and organizations in Taiwan. At present she is a masters student in the Graduate Institute of Ethnomusicology, Tainan National University of the Arts. In 2010 she participated in a traditional Gamelan training course at the Institut Seni Indonesia Yogyakarta Karawitan in Indonesia. Her current research topic is the

development and evolution of Gamelan in the Western colonial period.

Topic of presentation:

The development and evolution of the Gamelan music of Java during Indonesia’s colonial period:the example of Yogyakarta in central Java


Shi-shan Chang

ChangsChi-Shan Chang, received a M.A. in Forestry from National Taiwan University in 1992. Currently he is a doctoral student in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at National Dong Hwa University and a research assistant in the Division of Exhibition and Education, National Museum of Prehistory, Taiwan. In 2009, he went to central Sulawesi to conduct field work on tapa-making. The dissertation research takes “tapa” as the core topic, analyzing “tapa culture” from the perspective of genetics-oriented phylogeography and anthropological material culture, aiming to demonstrate an integrated interdisciplinary research view.

Topic of presentation:

Austronesian and Tapa Culture


The 2011 3rd Sustainable Life Awards winners

The five winners of the 2011 3rd Life Sustainability Awards have now been announced. The Life Sustainability Awards aim to encourage and congratulate those who take action to protect and develop cultural diversity, spiritual empowerment and environmental sustainability. By reporting the stories and contributions of those awarded the Sustainable Life Awards, we hope to encourage more people from Taiwan and the wider Pacific region to come together with innovative solutions to global challenges.

The First Life Sustainability Awards in 2008 produced 11 award winners. Then, in 2009 The Second Life Sustainability Awards produced 9 award winners. The award winners are chosen after carefully considering a host of worthy candidates with contributions to ‘Sustainable life’ and finally choosing a fair cross section with the winners espousing different qualities. In 2011 for the Third Life Sustainability Awards we narrowed down the criterion, choosing the winners based on two main requirements:

- those who have contributed to the protection and development of Taiwanese aboriginal/Austronesian culture with continuous actions and an innovative spirit.


- those who have valiantly mobilised community resources to respond to challenges of sustainability.

Each of the award winners was rewarded with a beautiful stone sculpture made by Wang Xiu-chi, who generously donated all the sculpture trophies for the First Life Sustainability Awards in 2007. To view more of his fabulous works, please click here.

The Award winners

Writer of a uniquely Dawu form of Ocean literature, Syaman Rapongan brings his readers to the ocean shores with him. He lives the life he writes; fishing, shipbuilding and embracing the traditions of his elders - Tao folklore will live on in his work for future generations. His contributions to the Dawu people and other aboriginal groups go beyond the literary sphere; he was also a pioneer in aborigine-related social movements in the 1980’s.

Sakuliu Pavavalung, an earthenware sculptor of the Paiwan minority, devotes himself to the renovation and documentation of the lost craft of earthenware pot making. He has long pushed his concept of a ‘community classroom’ teaching the kids about their cultural history and wisdom and spearheading the community rebuilding of his community following the devastation of Typhoon Morakot.

Dadelavan Ibau is lightning rod of inspiration for marginalised communities. A professional dancer, she also voluntarily teaches drums to prisoners and kids in remote schools. In these encounters and interactions she drums in hope and drumming out their hidden potential.

Documentary filmmaker and scholar Futuru Tsai, was adopted into the Atolan Communty where he has documented local popular culture such as ‘Amis Hip hop’. Later films and research follow Austronesian migration paths in the Pacific and explores the lost history of Taiwan’s aborigines. In his work he both learns from and enriches indigenous culture.

Bethany Peng has long spent her own free time visiting disadvantaged schools as a storyteller. The time with these children in eastern Taiwan alerted her to their needs and led her to establish the Wood Pecker Life Association, which trains the young people how to better spend there free time to study and provide service to the community.

The winners were presented with their awards at the conference Mapping and Unmapping the Pacific: An Island Perception of an Oceanic Continent on February 16-17th. This conference was held by the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Executive Yuan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China, Renlai Monthly & eRenlai, Taiwan Society for Pacific Studies, National Central Library and other institutes.