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Bear and Leopard

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This is a tale from Rukai folklore about two of Taiwan’s most formidable native hunters: The Formosan Black Bear and the Formosan Clouded Leopard. 645 more words


4. Going Backwards: Cherry Picking Outdated Information

In his Việt Nam: A History from Earliest Times to the Present, Ben Kiernan argues that in the early history of Vietnam there were two important migrations of peoples into the Red River Delta. 1,285 more words


The Great Flood

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Flood stories are some of the most ubiquitous motifs found in ancient literature. From the Hebrew Bible—the most printed book in the world—to the Sumerian… 504 more words


Our Lady’s Child?

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Take a guess: Is the following a German fairytale? Or is it a Taiwanese folktale?

Once upon a time, a beautiful girl was born to a terribly impoverished family. 943 more words



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To the vast majority of the islanders, the far side of Taiwan—the island’s hidden eastern coastline—represents a world unto itself. Isolated, the east coast is protected by some of Asia-Pacific’s most formidable mountains to its north, south and west and the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean to the east. 780 more words


Interesting Things to Note in Austronesian Languages

At the start of this year I started to have a certain craving to learn some Austronesian Languages. We’re not only talking about Malay and Indonesian, but also languages of the Polynesian and Micronesian Islands like Gagana Samoa, Niuean and the like. 198 more words

Austronesian Language Family

A research by Dhani Irwanto, 16 January 2017

The Austronesian language family stretches halfway around the world, covering a wide geographic area from Madagascar to Easter Island, and from Taiwan and Hawai to New Zealand. 2,748 more words