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2018 Spotlight Taiwan in Estonia

On 12 October, Tallinn University School of Humanities holds Taiwan Indigenous Culture Festival, including a film screening, photo exhibition, and a keynote speech by Grace I-An Gao (University of Helsinki), and on 13 October a roundtable, which aim is to provide a platform for Taiwan Scholars in Baltic countries and Finland.
Everyone is welcome to join the cultural programme on Friday and the open session on Saturday! Join the event on Facebook or look here.
More information below.

Taiwan Indigenous Culture Festival at Tallinn University on Friday, 12 October

17:00-18:00 Opening event (Mare atrium, 3rd floor) and photo exhibition about indigenous people in Taiwan
Keynote speech: Grace I-An Gao, University of Helsinki “Taking care as an initial inquiry as self-determination: a case from Indigenous peoples in Taiwan”

18:00-19:30 Film screening A Year in the Clouds: Smangus (2011) (Narva mnt 27, Nova building, N-406)

Introduction: A documentary about the indigenous Atayal people in the village Smangus – honored with the Peabody Award in 2012. High in the mountains of Taiwan is the remote village of smangus. Inhibited by a unique group of indigenous people called the Atayal, Smangus is the only place in Taiwan that now practices common ownership of land and property. This is a place where nature and man have found balance. Now, witness every part of the lives of these people, through pain and joy, and experience the unique bonds formed with the ancient trees around them, in a film that documents a Year in the Clouds – a year amongst the sacred forests of this tribe.

A film in the series “Window on Taiwan” supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs R.O.C


Roundtable for Taiwan Scholars in the Baltic Region on Saturday, 13 October

10:00-13:00 Open session (Mare building, M-134)


Frank Kraushaar, Professor, University of Latvia
● Reading without end: the humanities and their importance in creating open spaces in and between Baltic societies and the sinophone world.

Märt Läänemets, Associate Professor of Oriental Studies, Institute of Cultural Research, University of Tartu
● 1895 in Taiwan: Birth and Collapse of the Republic of Formosa (臺灣民主國) or ’Creation of Pure Land on the Earth’: Buddhism in Modern Taiwan.

Grace I-An Gao, PhD student, University of Helsinki
● Taking care as an initial inquiry as self-determination: a case from Indigenous peoples in Taiwan

Taru Salmenkari, researcher, University of Helsinki
● Journey from history to memory with Taiwanese social movements

The event is organized by Tallinn University School of Humanities and the Tapei Mission in the Republic of Latvia, funded by the Ministry of Culture in the Republic of China (Taiwan).

More information about the roundtable here

Further information: Alexander Horstmann (