Letter From The Bureau Podcast: Taiwan wakes up to its tribal culture

Ms Kalitin Humi (centre) posing with her Amis tribeswomen at their harvest festival held in Hualien county. She volunteers for her tribe’s annual festivities, learning how to perform traditional dances and helping to prepare events PHOTO: KALITIN HUMI

Letter From The Bureau Ep 4: Taiwan wakes up to its tribal culture

13:40 mins

Synopsis: The Straits Times's foreign editor Bhagyashree Garekar chats with ST's correspondents in the Asia-Pacific, the US and Europe every month.

They talk about life as it goes on, amid the screaming headlines and bubbling crises.

In this episode, she chats with ST's Taiwan correspondent Katherine Wei about the following:

  1. How Taiwan's native tribes were repressed (1:10)

  2. Rediscovering tribal roots, history and culture (6:03)

  3. How tribes try to preserve their languages (7:25)

  4. Tribal songs are on now streaming platforms; some have won awards (9:34)

  5. Integration of tribes in today's society (11:38)

Produced by: Bhagyashree Garekar (bhagya@sph.com.sg), Ernest Luis & Fa'izah Sani

Edited by: Hadyu Rahim

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