Taiwan's Pacific: Educational Links and Sustainable Fisheries

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Professor Paul D'Arcy talks about the role for Taiwan in the Pacific - particularly the leading role it has taken in listening to the Pacific in the last few years, (with respect to the ban on the practice of finning sharks amongst other initiatives). He goes  on to outline areas in which Taiwan could continue to show leadership in the region, especially in regard to education and sustainable fishing:

 

For readers in Mainland China, you can watch the video here.

Photo by Gaëlle Dieudonné (Paul D'Arcy far left), Interview by Cerise Phiv, Video Editing by Conor Stuart

Prof. Paul D'Arcy delivered the keynote speech at the 2012 International Austronesian Conference on November 27th, 2012 (see abstract and speech below).

Pacific Connections: Communities of Common Interest from Taiwan to Rapanui (Easter Island)

Abstract

Like all Pacific Islanders, Taiwan's inhabitants embrace multiple worlds and communities of common interest. Island dwellers are today linked to each other and the world in general as never before through the advantages and disadvantages of accelerated global exchanges of goods, peoples, and finance, and the accelerating threat of human-induced climate change which humanity seems only able modify rather than reverse. Taiwan is most commonly identified as one of the success stories of the post-war East Asian economic transformation, especially in the area of advanced technology. Its association with the Pacific Islands is generally portrayed as an offshoot of economic transformations and political tensions within East Asia rather than as a relationship of intrinsic value and common interests in its own right. At best, Taiwan is portrayed as the island frontier of the Chinese cultural world; an island extension of an essentially continental world. The sea, and Taiwan's long and deep relationship with the sea has been neglected in scholarship.

Taiwan is also one of the homelands of the greatest maritime expansion in world history in which Austronesian-speaking peoples spread over almost one third of the globe from Madagascar in the west to Rapanui (Easter Island) in the east. Historical and cultural resonances of this shared ancestry and history of exploration, colonisation, resistance to colonial rule, and cultural revival persist. These links are being rediscovered and redefined by the latest generation of peoples of Austronesian ancestry. They are now also being enhanced by common economic and environmental concerns shared by all island peoples. Three inter-related areas of common interest offer exciting and easily realised ways of promoting enhanced Taiwanese engagement with the rest of the Pacific community: greater collaborative research into the shared cultural heritage of these island communities; shared research and policy initiatives on sustainable environmental management of island and especially marine environments, and enhancing distance education delivery to promote shared educational and technological solutions to scattered island communities, as well as linkages on topics of common concern where the sum is greater than the collective parts through planned and spontaneous synergies arising from interactions. Taiwan has a legitimate place in Pacific community affairs, and has much to offer its fellow Islanders, especially as a respectful partner in conducting research, teaching, and protecting the the seas connecting and nurturing peoples of common ancestry for millennia through to the present day and beyond.

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Also read a report by Paul D'Arcy about the conference on the blog of the Pacific Institute

 

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