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Come dance with us! (Formosa Aborigines)

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Uploaded on Apr 8, 2007

For approximately 8000 years before significant Han Chinese immigration to Taiwan (Formosa), the ancestors of Taiwanese aborigines (with a total population of 458,000 as of 2006) are believed to have been living here at peace with this beautiful island. They are closely related to the Austronesian peoples of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Many of you may have enjoyed Taiwan aboriginal singer Miss A-mei singing, and you must know that we all like not only singing but also dancing!

The second part of this video was taped on Feb. 27, 2005, at a special night gathering in Chang-Hua City, Taiwan, in commemoration of the Taiwan 228 Massacre in 1947. The aboriginal dancers were members of a local Zhang-Shian Presbytarian Church (彰山教會).

400 years have elapsed since the first foreign Dutch and then the Spaniards came by sea (ca. 1600); during the Dutch era (1623-1662), our beautiful Sika deer became almost extinct. And then the Japanese (1895) from northern Festoon islands and the Han Chinese from Eurasian land (1600-present) also came to rule; these asian neighbors felled our Formosa cypress excessively to build their palaces and houses, and they took away our lands in the plains.

In the Taiwan 228 Massacres in 1947, many Taiwan aborigines did join with the early Han settlers living in the plains to protect our homes and people, and many aborigines were martyred in the war with the ROC troops sent by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek.

Our aboriginal human rights and dignity have never been truly respected and protected by any of the foreign invading powers. Many times, the new Han settlers and the foreign authorities totally forgot that we aborigines had lived here for more than 8000 years before they came!

Last February (in 2006), the newly elected Taipei County Mayor (Chou Hsi-Wei, 周錫瑋), a second-generation Han, even confiscated some of our monuments, just because the inscriptions were written in Japanese, which was the language we were forced to learn 100 years ago when Formosa was ceded in perpetuity to Japan by China Qing Empire!

We have been extensively exploited in the last 400 years, but we do wish to live peacefully with others on this island, with decent human respect and dignity!

Plase view also the following documentary films (both in Chinese) on how the peace-loving and innocent Formosa aboriginals have been persecuted in the KMT Party Regime:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_m7SZ...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOZtcQ...
and the original text document:
http://www.wretch.cc/blog/twn228ch&am...

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