Alternative Title



The Republic of China is the current government occupying the island of Taiwan –– a multiethnic land that has been populated by diverse groups for thousands of years. Today, these groups continue to face a range of adversities on behalf of the colonial government. Further, the island’s internet is dominated by Western social media platforms that exclude native modes of communication. Through ethnographic surveys and interviews, this study explores how indigenous Taiwanese activists understand their own identities, strategies of activism, and relationships to social media platforms to interrogate dominant postcolonial frameworks. It comes to two separate yet linked conclusions regarding the insufficiency of Western categories on one hand, and social media platforms on the other.


Derderian, Elizabeth

Second Advisor

You, Ziying


Chinese Studies; Sociology and Anthropology


Linguistic Anthropology | Social and Cultural Anthropology


Taiwan, Indigenous, Identity, Activism, Social Media

Publication Date


Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar


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