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Indigenous Youth and Hope for the Future

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Demographic statistics from Taiwan show that the Indigenous population is younger than the population at large. The Indigenous youth is different in some ways that older generations: less likely to speak Indigenous languages, more mobile, more urban, more likely to speak English, and more connected to the world. Thinking about Indigenous youth makes it possible for us to take stock of the Indigenous movement – until now based around land-based sovereignty claims – while looking to the future. Yet, the Taiwan Indigenous Youth Front already has a history, a significant bilingual internet presence, and lots of new ideas. In June 2020, they even joined the Black Lives Matter protest in Taipei. What have been the priorities of the Indigenous social movement to date? What does the Indigenous Youth Front ask for? What do demographics of Taiwan’s Indigenous peoples tell us about the possibilities for the future of Indigenous rights claims in Taiwan?

Scott Simon, Ph.D McGill University in Anthropology, is Professor at the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies, University of Ottawa. His University and professional work included: Past President of the Canadian Asian Studies Association, Convenor, Joint Conference of the Canadian Anthropology Society and the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (2016-2017).

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