National Apology and Reinvigoration of Indigenous Rights in Taiwan
The 2021 Taiwan Lecture on Chinese Studies is delivered by Dr. Awi Mona (Chih-Wei TSAI) 蔡志偉, Director & Associate Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies, National Dong Hwa University.
Transitional justice has received considerable attention in recent years in Taiwan. Despite all this attention, transitional justice is an issue that remains incomplete without addressing justice for indigenous peoples. This talk aims to focus on the essential characteristics of indigenous justice against the successive alien regimes. Though the fact that the national apology to indigenous peoples may have broken new ground in the government’s relationship with indigenous peoples, the common understanding of transitional justice has caused significant bitterness and frustration for indigenous peoples. Until the core significance of indigenous justice is essentially resolved, the existing uncertainty about reconciliation with indigenous peoples will continue.
Dr. Awi Mona is Director & Associate Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies, National Dong Hwa University 國立東華大學 and Director, Legal Aid Foundation Indigenous Branch, Taiwan. He is the first indigenous person in Taiwan to obtain a PhD in law. His research is primarily in the areas of indigenous law, aboriginal title law, and cultural and education law. Over the past decade, since his return from Seattle, he has continually collaborated on indigenous rights movements with the local communities in Taiwan and has provided legal and policy advice on many indigenous laws and related issues. Awi is a member of the Seediq Nation.
This event is co-presented by the Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library of the University of Toronto, the National Central Library (Taiwan), and the Center for Chinese Studies (Taiwan), as part of the "Taiwan Lectures on Chinese Studies(臺灣漢學講座)" program.