Taiwan New DNA

Shih Chien University Fashion Department 

 

The issues that Indigenous people face are not the issues of others. Instead, they are Taiwan’s issues, which are also our issues!

Before the Qing emigration to Taiwan in the 17th century, the Indigenous people had been living in Taiwan for over 8000 years. After changing eras, people from different backgrounds immigrated to and settled in Taiwan. However, colonial history had caused indigenous people to abandon their culture, drifting themselves away from their roots. Many Taiwanese Indigenous people grow up in the city, distancing themselves from their traditional language, music, cultural customs, and their way of life. 

Many Taiwanese people care about the issues Indigenous people face. It is a controversy. Such freedom in speech may evoke the non-Indigenous youths to care about the Indigenous people losing their homes and losing their mother culture. This new generation uses social media to connect and express their artistic creations, and actively participate in the Indigenous social movement. This kind of sympathy and concern allows the Indigenous issues to transcend languages, ethnicities, and generations into Taiwanese people’s lives and thoughts, evolving into modern Taiwanese society and culture. 

The Department of Fashion Design at Taiwan Shih Chien University cooperated with Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines to express multicultural respect and fusion, and to preserve Indigenous skills and arts. The students studied traditional Indigenous history, totems, and the weaving process. They were taught by Atayal weaving teachers, Taka and Yabung Pasang. Starting from fashion design, they led students to raise awareness of Indigenous life and culture preservation. The exhibition displays the Indigenous students and other students’ learning, observation, and reflection of Indigenous culture. By using modern trends, Indigenous culture’s perception is changed, creating a new Taiwanese cultural DNA!

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FREE ADMISSION

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TORONTO

Aug 24th, 2019 / 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Brigantine Tent, Harbourfront Centre

Aug 25th, 2019 / 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Brigantine Tent, Harbourfront Centre

VANCOUVER

Aug 31st, 2019 / 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Granville 600 Block 

Sept 1st, 2019 / 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Granville 600 Block 

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