Fortress Village - The Ethnic Minorities of Southwest China  
Project Team Members

Tsai Shu-Yun

Tsai Shu-YunIt has only been a short while since I joined this team. As a student of history, I think that field of ethnic minorities studies is worthy of more attention. I started out being concerned with the history of Taiwan, and gradually came in contact with the ethnic minority groups in southwest China. They have the same yellow skin, black hair, and black eyes as I, and yet they seem so familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. Although we share the same ethnicity, we are very different; despite the differences, our bloodline and culture are almost as close as that of neighbors living in the same village. My jumbled and vague impressions of these people indicated that I did not really understand them, but once I interacted with them, I was able to cross the huge gap that was between us.

Because this is my first time participating in the National Digital Archives Program, I have to put a lot of effort into the planning of the database. This of course also involves the wonderful cooperation and help of many other departments, such as the Academia Sinica’s Institute of Information Science, the Institute of Ethnology, and the Fu Ssu Nien Library, etc. This project is just a starting point, and while the results may not be completely flawless, the hard work and effort that so many put into this project are definitely worthy of recognition and applause.
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