The Office of the President and the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) jointly organize the "Rooted in Taiwan, Connecting with Austronesians – Exhibition of Taiwan's Indigenous Peoples". The press conference to mark the exhibition was hosted today by President Tsai Ing-wen at the Office of the President. By focusing Taiwan indigenous culture, the exhibition presents Taiwan as the origin of the Austronesians. It displays how Taiwan indigenous peoples communicate with the world and develop all kinds of interchanges and cooperation. With the aim to introduce Taiwan indigenous culture and history to the word, this exhibition will run from January 1, 2023 until May 30, 2024.
President Tsai remarks in her speech that this an important and meaningful event. "Kemasi Maza" means "starting from here." We not only introduce the rich culture of Taiwan indigenous peoples to the people of Taiwan and abroad through this exhibition, but also hope for "Kemasi Taiwan" (starting from Taiwan). We can connect Taiwan indigenous peoples with the Austronesians, further establish closer partnerships, and create peace and co-prosperity across this region. In recent years, more and more research has found that Taiwan is the origin of the Austronesians. Taiwan indigenous peoples and the Austronesians share profound context and culture."
Acting Chairperson of the CIP, Icyang, said that the Office of the President has given the CIP a great opportunity to hold an indigenous peoples culture exhibition at such an important place so local and overseas visitors can learn more about the culture of Taiwan indigenous peoples. He also appreciates President Tsai for her emphasis on all kinds of developments for indigenous peoples. The budget for the CIP has vastly increased by 40%, from NT$8.7 billion in 2016 to NT$12.4 billion in 2022. Through legislation and law amendments, the indigenous peoples' rights to languages, cultures, education, land, social welfare, logging ban compensation, and many others rights are put into practice.