Miss Taiwan?

Going Hunting

A hunting parting in Xinzhu, 1935


A great new resource provided by Paul Barclay of Lafayette College. They have digitized a great collection of photos of colonial-era Taiwan. It is very well organized with clear and complete descriptions of each image. A wonderful resource for both research and teaching.




Taipei slaughterhouse


  1. If you brows the collection, especially the part about hunting and fishing, you will find that the design/decoration on clothing and houses of the aboriginal Taiwan people were very similar to those of the American aboriginals. This must be a great reason for China to claim American Aboriginals are Chinese, and therefore America, both north and south, are inseparable parts of China.

  2. What a great resource, thanks for the link. I’m always interested in new visual media that could be used in class to augment lectures or to spark discussion.

  3. Great resource…could’ve used this when I was doing my Taiwanese history paper in Taiwan, but it will also come in handy for my eventual MA in Taiwan Studies. One thing that was amazing was the similarity between their modern day counterparts…while the surroundings may have changed, I can see visible remnants of today’s culture.

    And, Pete, it wouldn’t surprise me a bit if they were already thinking it, but even they aren’t so brash as to make that claim (just yet, anyway…哈哈).

  4. When explaining the Taiwan origin of the Maori people to my Chinese students I emphasise so strongly that not even the fen-est of the fenqing could miss it that the proto-Austronesians who gave rise to, after several thousand years, modern day Philipinos, Malaysians, Indonesians, Melanesians, Micronesians, Malagasy, and (key to my little splurge) Polynesians left Taiwan before the Xia Dynasty was founded and long before Taiwan was incorporated into China. Therefore the Americas are safe from any Chinese claim, since the ancestors of the Native Americans relied on a land bridge which ceased to exist long before the proto-Austronesians started paddling canoes southwards from Taiwan, let alone out across the Pacific- something I would consider, with my admitted Pacific bias, to be by far the greatest feat of navigation ever.

  5. Cool collection, Thanks.
    Hey Chris, I thought the land bridge theory was dead. People came to America by boat, but up and around not straight through the Pacific.

  6. They seem to be fiddling with the picture numbers, so these are not the same pictures as the captions I gave them. Makes it a bit more fun actually

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