Taiwan must find ways to enhance Indigenous representation

The Conversation
Date: April 2, 2020
By: Cassandra Preece
PhD Student, Political Science, McMaster University

Members of the Indigenous Amis tribe in traditional costumes participate in the yearly harvest festival in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in September 2018. (Shutterstock)

President Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secured a majority government win following January’s Taiwanese elections.

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to reflect on the quality of democracy in Taiwan.

While international media coverage has been blinded by China’s rising authoritarianism and Taiwan’s fight against it, there’s been little attention paid to Taiwanese domestic issues like economic development, clean energy and human rights.

And what about Indigenous representation? What did the election mean for Taiwan’s Indigenous communities? Although Taiwan guarantees a number of seats to Indigenous representatives, the current system is flawed.    [FULL  STORY]

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