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Indigenous Knowledge in Taiwan and Beyond

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  • Is the first book on indigenous knowledge in Taiwan in the English language
  • Demonstrates why indigenous knowledge in Taiwan is relevant to all indigenous knowledge systems around the world
  • Approaches indigenous knowledge from interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives

Part of the book series: Sinophone and Taiwan Studies (STS, volume 1)

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. Indigenous Knowledge, Education, and Research

  2. Settler Colonial and Decolonial Critique

  3. Creative Coda


About this book

This book situates Taiwan’s indigenous knowledge in comparative contexts across other indigenous knowledge formations. The content is divided into four distinct but interrelated sections to highlight the importance and diversity of indigenous knowledge in Taiwan and beyond. It begins with an exploration of the recent development and construction of an indigenous knowledge and educational system in Taiwan, as well as issues concerning research ethics and indigenous knowledge. This is followed by a section that illustrates diverse forms of indigenous knowledge, and in turn, a theoretical dialogue between indigenous studies and settler colonial studies. Lastly, the Paiwan indigenous author Dadelavan Ibau’s trans-indigenous journey to Tibet rounds out the coverage. 

This book is useful to readers in indigenous, settler colonial, and decolonial studies around the world, not just because it offers substantive content on indigenous knowledge in Taiwan, but also because it offers conceptual tools for studying indigenous knowledge from comparative and relational perspectives. It also greatly benefits anyone interested in Taiwan studies, offering an ethical approach to indigeneity in a classic settler colony. 


“The culture exemplified in this book … is extraordinarily humane when compared with the commercial culture that surrounded, and still surrounds, it. … The color illustrations, of both Tibet and Taiwan, are impressive.” (Bradley Winterton,, September 14, 2023)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    Shu-mei Shih, Lin-chin Tsai

About the editors

Shu-mei Shih is the Vice President of the American Comparative Literature Association, and, at UCLA, she is the inaugural Edward W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature, a Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, and Asian American Studies.  An elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, she has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the distinguished alumna award from National Taiwan Normal University. She is the creator of the emergent field of Sinophone studies, which merges settler colonial studies with the study of Sinitic-language communities and cultures inside China and around the world. 

Lin-chin Tsai received his PhD at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA, with a focus on Taiwan as a settler colony and its cultural productions. His articles on Taiwan literature and cinema have been published in academic journals in English and Mandarin, as well as edited volumes, including Keywords of Taiwan Theory (2019), and Cinematic Settlers: The Settler Colonial World in Film (2020). He also co-authored a book with scholars specializing in Taiwan literature, entitled 100 Years of Taiwan Literature (2018).    

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Indigenous Knowledge in Taiwan and Beyond

  • Editors: Shu-mei Shih, Lin-chin Tsai

  • Series Title: Sinophone and Taiwan Studies

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-15-4177-3Published: 16 January 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-15-4180-3Published: 16 January 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-15-4178-0Published: 15 January 2021

  • Series ISSN: 2524-8863

  • Series E-ISSN: 2524-8871

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXVI, 348

  • Number of Illustrations: 18 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Social Anthropology, Human Geography, Asian Culture

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