Amis Hip Hop

Amis Hip Hop documents how a group of young Amis men in A’tolan have blended influences from contemporary social and cultural life in Taiwan with their traditional practice of ritual dance performance in the village. Rooted in the Amis ethos of respect for male age-grade organization, matrilineal affiliation, intimacy with the ocean, and appreciation of joking relationships, these young men also blend in elements of foreign fashion in music and dance all while keeping with traditional village aesthetics. Through their performances, they represent a new image to both locals and outsiders, and actively construct their local identity as A’tolan Amis.

Region of Filming

Region of Origin

Year of Release

2007

Duration

49 minutes

Format

Betacam, Color

Director

b4-vd

Futuru C.L. Tsai

Futuru C.L. Tsai was born in 1971. Being an anthropology doctor of National Tsing Hua University, now Tsai is an assistant professor of Department of Arts & Crafts Education at National Taitung University and a worker of ethnography films. He is devoted to the comprehension and learning of Taiwan indigenous people culture.