After All Ambivalence: The Situation of North Formosa and Its Inhabitants in the Seventeenth Century

Leiden Repository

After All Ambivalence: The Situation of North Formosa and Its Inhabitants in the Seventeenth Century

Type: Research master thesis
Title: After All Ambivalence: The Situation of North Formosa and Its Inhabitants in the Seventeenth Century
Author: Palemeq, Yedda
Issue Date: 2012-08-04
Keywords: ambivalence, indigenous, Basay, North Formosa, historical writing, non-indigenous sources, indigenous writers
Abstract: This thesis examines the content and form of the ambivalence displayed by indigenous inhabitants of North Formosa in their relations with the VOC servants in the seventeenth century (1642-1662, 1664-1668). It offers an ethnographic reconstruction of North Formosa, two narratives of the encounter with foregrounded indigenous characters, and an analysis of the name of Basay for a reconsideration of the nature of the Basay community. With its three experiments of historical writing, this thesis not only provides a reconstruction of North Formosa and its inhabitants but also reflects upon the potential of using non-indigenous sources to write indigenous history. The conclusion confirms that ambivalence is inevitable for the Basay who acted as the middlemen between local inhabitants and the Dutch in the North Formosan trading network, whereas other North Formosans like the River Peoples and the Kavalan felt freer to act according to their wills. Also, although non-indigenous sources show the potentials for reconstructing indigenous history, there are also challenges such as turning fragmented ethnographic details into a coherent ethnography and building the roundness of indigenous characters by foregrounding them in the chain of historical events. This thesis recommends ways to overcome these challenges and indicates ‘to be written’ as the burden of indigenous writers for a mixture of purposes.
Supervisor: Blussé van Oud Alblas, J.L.Wellen, KathrynSchrikker, Alicia
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: History: Societies and Institutions (Research master)
Specialisation: Taiwanese Indigenous History, European Expansion and Globalisation
ECTS Credits: 40
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/19791
 

Files in this item

Description Size View
application/pdf Cover.pdf 258.2Kb View/Open
application/pdf After All Ambivalence.pdf 1.309Mb View/Open

This item appears in the following Collection(s)