Linguistic map of Taiwan aborigine and Biao Chifang's proposal

This is an ethnolinguistic map of Taiwan 500 years+ ago, which also represents the footprint of where the aborigines live today.

Han migration started in 11th century, a barrack was built in Penghu. Since 15th and 16th century there was large scale Han migration (mainly of the Hoklo and Hakka branch). The aborigines were pushed to southwest. The migration before and after that is shown in the map below. (a high resolution map of 3.5MB is here)

The cutest politician in the beautiful island of Taiwan, Tsai Biao Chifang, has put forward an innovative proposal in the Legislative Yuan, to attack and take over the mainland (反攻大陸).
If you have examined the maps above map careful enough, you would see that there is only one small island near Lan Yu, which is already under Taiwan control. Further south there is a group of islands called the Batans, currently belong to the Philippines. The people there belong to Yami group of Lan Yu.
Apparently DPP has recently become more "aggressive", after starting to build an airport in the Spratly (Taiping), now it is contemplating waging war with the Philippines. My advice, there is this uninhabited island they should take, I am sure PRC would give them full support if they do.


Jason said...

I gotta disagree about the aborigines being pushed to the southwest by Han.

Land disputes between ping-pu tribes and Han settlers did indeed trigger skirmishes and a couple of small-scale migrations (less than 4,000) among aborigines from the central plains since the early 1800's, but many overlook the fact that the vast majority of plains aborigines stayed put, adopted Han cultural practices, and melted in with the new neighbors.

Interestingly, those small migrations (one from central Taiwan to Ilan in the 1820's (?) ) is largely responsible for the misconception that the plains aborigines were all pushed up into the mountains by Han settlers.

John Shepherd's book "Statecraft and Political Economy on the Taiwan Frontier (1600-1800)" is a great reference for a wonderfully convoluted and surprisingly well-documented story of early Han-Aborigine relations.

And maaaan, I love me some Biao Ge, even though he wussed out and changed his name to 裱 instead of 婊! :)

Sun Bin said...

yes, biao ge has good sportsmanship. :)
(i was trying to link to your post of biao-ge, buit couldn't find it)

i think you are probably right about the aborigine, since some of the migration direction (and dates) seems to be pre-Han immigration.
There was probably more conflict between Hakka and Hoklo, since they compete for the plain and arable land.

Han integration with the minorities are usually smooth than what happened in the New World. (in th mainland as well). perhaps Confuscius value has something to do with it.

DOR said...

sun bin,

"Apparently DPP has recently become more "aggressive", after starting to build an airport in the Spratly (Taiping), now it is contemplating waging war with the Philippines."

So, what does the Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan think of the DPP's plans?

Sun Bin said...

I think Tsai Chifang was making a point/joke by proposing it. It certainly was not endorsed by DPP. The plan got a good laugh in the Legislative Yuan, the Minister of National Defense was scared, and Tsai withdrew his plan and went on with his New Year vacation to Macau.

Anonymous said...

Sun Bin,
read today world journal in LA, it talks about the strategy of the airport being built in the South China sea and then another article talks about the dooming Taiwanese economy like the decrease in export in Kaohsiung port for the first time in Taiwan's history.

Sun Bin said...

do you have the links?
i search LA Times' website but couldn't find anything.

Anonymous said...

World Journal the Chinese newspaper, I left it at work today, I will try to bring back home tomorrow.

Just find the link to their website... and the kaohiung


Anonymous said...

the link about the airport You guys from Hong kong like to read Tsingtao newspaper. Taiwanese prefer World Journal.


Sun Bin said...


i read world journal as well.
singtao is ok, but it is mostly available in the web as well.

Anonymous said...

There were some suggestions that the Taiwanese aborigines were originated from central America... very interesting provocation.