One Small Step For Taiwan


And let’s hope that it is the first of many, many more.

The President of Taiwan has, for the first time in history, apologized for the government’s treatment of their aboriginal people.

 

Of course, after centuries of oppression and marginalization, it’s going to take a Hell of a lot more than an apology to fix the systemic racism that the Taiwanese aboriginal people face on a day to day basis. However, that does not mean that this is not at least, a first small step in the right direction, as well as a historic moment for Taiwan. Stories like these make me hope that, despite the ever-growing gloom that is the news nowadays, perhaps on the whole this world is still moving towards progress. I’m starting to see progress across history as a sort of global warming chart: you have small-scale dips in temperature due to certain events, but the overall trend is irrevocably up. Of course, in the case of progress, this trend is a good thing, rather than disastrous.

 

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  1. says

    Things here in Taiwan are far from perfect for Taiwan’s indigenous people and a lot of problems remain unresolved (e.g. racism, poverty and economic inequity). But there has been a significant change in the government’s policy and attitude in the eleven years I have been here. Things have gone from “We’ll wait until they die out” to actively and intentionally spending money on language education in public schools. Children will now be taught the indigenous Formosan languages – not just the aboriginal children, ethnic Chinese kids will be exposed to them as well.

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