Director, Center for Media, Culture, and History,
New York University
First of all, I want to thank all the organizers of this event, especially Hu Tai-li, the President of the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival; and Lin Wen-Ling, the Festival Director, and Kirk Fong, International Coordinator, for organizing this fantastic festival, and for inviting me to be part of it, coming from my island of Manhattan, to yours, Taiwan. I have heard so much about this festival for many years and feel very honored to be part of it. Thanks to all of you.
I am so delighted to be here at this showcase and celebration of indigenous media, from many corners of the globe, and especially from Taiwan, where I understand an Indigenous Television Service has recently started broadcasting. Taiwan Indigenous TV joins the inauguration of what I like to call “First Nations Stations” that began with the launch in 1999 of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network in Canada; followed by Maori TV in Aoteoroa/New Zealand in 2004; and most recently the debut of National Indigenous Television…