Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 86. Chapters: Evenks, Taiwanese aborigines, Li people, Uzbeks, Kyrgyz people, Tujia people, Lhoba, Va people, Kazakhs, Monguor, Miao people, Salar people, Dong people, Russians in China, Koreans in China, Nakhi, Lisu people, Monpa people, Jingpo people, Nani people, Tajiks of Xinjiang, Sui people, Qiang people, Dai people, Yugur, Dongxiang people, Pumi people, Bai people, Xibe, She people, Daur people, Nu people, Oroqen people, Lahu people, Bonan, Derung, Maonan people, Gelao people, Ngac'ang, Buyei, De'ang, Mongols in China, Jino, Gin people, Mulao people, Blang, Chinese Tatars. Excerpt: Taiwanese aborigines (Chinese: ; pinyin: yuánzhùmín; Wade-Giles: yüan2-chu4-min2; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: gôan-chū-bîn; literally "original inhabitants") is the term commonly applied in reference to the indigenous peoples of Taiwan. Although Taiwanese indigenous groups hold a variety of creation stories, recent research suggests their ancestors may have been living on the islands for approximately 8,000 years before major Han Chinese immigration began in the 17th century (Blust 1999). Taiwanese aborigines are Austronesian peoples, with linguistic and genetic ties to other Austronesian ethnic groups, such as peoples of the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Polynesia, and Oceania (Hill et al. 2007; Bird, Hope & Taylor 2004). The issue of an ethnic identity unconnected to the Asian mainland has become one thread in the discourse regarding the political status of Taiwan. For centuries, Taiwan's aboriginal peoples experienced economic competition and military conflict with a series of colonizing peoples. Centralized government policies designed to foster language shift and cultural assimilation, as well as continued contact with the colonizers through trade, intermarriage and other dispassionate intercultural processes, have resulted in varying degre...
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