No. 64, Sec. 2, ZhiNan Rd., Wenshan District, Taipei City 11605, Taiwan R.O.C. Department of English, National Chengchi University, Wenshan, Taipei 11623, Taiwan
Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles., California, U.S.A.
Anthropology is my orientation for understanding cultures of South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Oceania in terms of history, religion, archaeology, ethnology, visual communication, symbolic anthropology, language and culture mapping, aesthetics, tourism, anthropology of religion, and performing arts.
Ethnography of communication: language systems and knowledge acquisition
Belief systems and the anthropology of religion
UC Berkeley—Pacific Languages Atlas, Editor
Working with groups since 1997 on temporal spatial digital mapping as an international consortium for an educational database of Pacific languages and cultures. Funded projects derive from the University of California Development Office and UC Berkeley International 7 and Area Studies. My role at UC Berkeley and Academia Sini7ca with the Computing Centre and (2003-2004) with Institute of History and Philology (Linguistics) has been to physically map 30,000 islands of the Pacific for a digital cultural atlas of languages serving as a bulletin board for scholarly exchange.
Pacific Language Mapping traces historical and contemporary theories on the study of Pacific languages and cultures. Language is a crucial component of culture, so maps showing the distribution of languages and dialects are a very effective indicator of the contours of cultural geography. From the nineteenth century printed language area maps and isogloss maps (maps of dispersion of individual linguistic practices) were developed for tracing language patterns. Digital map displays of this sort constitute a “cultural atlas.” Techniques are explored in digital mapping of Pacific languages and cultures. Students learn to navigate geographical information systems (GIS) through methods by which diverse resources relatingto the same area can be shown as “layers” selectively displayable in a map-based visualization.
Collaboration with UC Berkeley and Academia Sinica
From 1997 with UC Berkeley and Academia Sinica at the GIS Lab Computing Centre and later with the Institute of Linguistics my project has utilized geographic information systems (GIS) for digitizing 30,000 islands of the Pacific for a Web based cultural atlas of languages serving as a bulletin board for scholarly exchange. See Website, www.ecai.org
Hoi An World Heritage Site Cultural Resource Management, Vietnam, is a participatory example of projects for Cultural Resource Management consulting.
Council of Indigenous Peoples (Taiwan)—International Performance Facilitator
In the mid-1990s the Amis of eastern coastal Taiwan as part of a movement for ethnic Tawareness requested me to organize and facilitate cultural events abroad across the Asia Pacific, North America, and Eastern Europe.
Institute of Cultural Affairs--Eco-cultural Traveling Seminars, Director
Since 1991 the international not-for-profit organization, Institute of Cultural Affairs, asked me to organize and direct Eco-cultural Traveling Seminars for cross-cultural multilingual education in Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and Central Asia.
Institute for the Development of Community Strength (INDECOS)—International Consultant
INDECOS is a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for assisting rural and socio-economic development. Since the 1980s my role is to help facilitate for international art and cultural programs.
Arising Light: Dr B. R. Ambedkar and the Birth of a New Era in India—Director & Producer
This current project is a film on the life story of B. R. Ambedkar born as a Dalit (untouchable) who lived in India equal in stature to Gandhi and Nehru, yet not well known internationally. I examine in depth at the historical and sociological implications of Dr Ambedkar’s social and legal revolution in India and what it means for the world’s dispossessed people – its about humanitarian social transformation for human rights and equality and a concomitant resurgence of new egalitarian beliefs in India. See Website, http://www.arising-light.org
My work on film and teaching stems from visual study with Ron and Don Rundstrom and the Anthropology Film Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Depts. of Anthropology and Motion Picture, University of California, Los Angeles, for producing ethnographic data and filmmaking in Sri Lanka, India, and Taiwan.
Aesthetic Anthropology 〈美學人類學〉
African Ethnographic Film 〈非洲民族誌影片〉
Anthropology of Religion 〈人類學的宗教研究〉
Applied Anthropology 〈應用人類學〉
Asia Pacific Ethnography and Archaeology〈亞太地區民族誌與考古學〉
Buddhism as Myth, Liberator, and Power in Southeast Asia and Sri Lanka 〈佛教在
東南亞與斯里蘭卡 —— 神話、解放與權力〉
Buddhism: History and Contemporary Life〈佛教：歷史與當代生活〉
China: Prehistory and Archaeology 〈中國的史前史與考古學〉
Cultural and Ethnic Structure of Taiwan 〈台灣的文化與族群結構〉
Endangered Languages and Multilingual Education 〈瀕危語言與多語教育〉
Historical Influences from South Asia in the Region of Southeast Asia 〈南亞對東南亞地區的歷史影響〉
History of Anthropology 〈人類學的歷史〉
International Development and Films 〈國際發展與影片〉
Introduction to Development Studies: Economic Development and Culture Change (發展研究概論：經濟發展與文化變遷〉
North America Ethnology 〈北美民族學〉
Pacific as a Cultural Area 〈太平洋文化區〉
Pacific Language Mapping〈太平洋語言製圖〉
South Asia as a Cultural Area 〈南亞文化研究〉
Symbolic Anthropology 〈象徵人類學〉
Tourism and Anthropology〈觀光與人類學 〉
Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Film 〈視覺人類學或稱民族誌影片〉