While China reinforces the homogenous image of what’s Chinese among its ethnic minorities and overseas Sinophonic communities, Taiwan uses ethnic diversity to assert its independence. In the process of identity exploration, the voice of indigenous people and so-called New Immigrants is extraordinarily important.
Since the democratization movement in the 80s, indigenous activists reflected on their sufferings in the urbanization, diaspora, labour rights, environmental protection, land justice, and most significantly the loss of their culture.
Due to globalization starting in the 90s, many immigrants from Southeastern Asian countries moved to Taiwan for marital and work reasons. As an invaluable workforce for long-term care, manufacturing, fishing industries and small businesses, they are now considered the New Immigrants as a recognition of their contribution to Taiwan.
When assessing their relationship with the Taiwanese society, these two ethnic groups turn to documentary, a filmmaking practice that has been used as an effective tool for social activists and dissidents to raise public awareness and make social reforms for decades.