Tenri University and National Museum of Ethnology
Visiting and Field Trip
At an invitation extended by Tenri University (Nara, Japan), Dr. Jolan Hsieh, Director of Center for International Indigenous Affairs (CIIA) and Dr. Zoe Wang (Assistant Professor from College of Arts) among several others, visited Tenri University, its affiliation Sankokan Museum and Japan’s National Museum of Ethnology to exchange experiences with contemporary Taiwan indigenous research and arts and crafts in Japan and Taiwan.
The main purpose of this trip was to the respond to the invitation from Professor Sakujirō Shimomura (Tenri University) to visit the ‘Stories from Taiwan Pingpu Peoples: Memories of Lives and Cultures in the Flow of History’ exhibition, particularly to attend Professor Sakujirō’s lecture ‘Contemporary Taiwan Minority Issues: Taiwan Indigenous Peoples and Pingpu’.
Sankokan Museum at Tenri University and Japan’s National Museumof Ethnology both have impressive collections of Taiwan indigenous artefacts and clothing. With these well-preserved items, much research has been conducted in addition to maintaining interactive and mutually beneficial relationships with the field of indigenous research in Taiwan. SankokanMuseum showed the CIIA delegation their affluent Taiwan indigenous collection and Professor IburiMasahiko, President of Tenri University hosted a dinner for the delegation where him and Dr. Pasuya Poiconu, discussed in depth possible collaborations between Tenri University and NDHU.
The delegation also visited Osaka at the invitation of Professor Atsushi Nobayashi (National Museum of Ethnology). In the company of two Taiwanese doctoral students, the delegation visited the Pingpu collection and special exhibition at National Museum of Ethnology. Professor Atsushi has long-term devotion to Taiwan indigenous research and experiences in innovative museum designs that encourages interactive education providing much insights for the delegation. This visit proved to be a great opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas about contemporary indigenous issues in Taiwan, Japan and around the world.
In addition to a productive visit in terms of academic exchange, the delegation also made an impression on the Japanese hosts with their expert skills in weaving and embroidery. Furthermore, members of the delegation with Siraya decent engaged in highly intellectual discussion with emotional ties to the subject showing deep connections to these issues were positively received and supported by the Japanese hosts.