January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment


New Zealander,  Jocelyn Edwards (left) and Australian John Harding documentary film making on The Great Barrier Reef and The Coral Sea.  (1974)

Polynesian culture originated in Taiwan and the northern Philippines centuries ago, DNA testing has suggested.

SOCIETY (Taipei Times 16 Feb 2015)

Amis nation’s largest group

The Amis remained Taiwan’s biggest Aboriginal group last year, accounting for 37.1 percent of the nation’s indigenous people, the Ministry of Interior said on Saturday. The ministry said that there were 540,023 Aboriginal residents last year, up 1.2 percent from the previous year. Their average age is 33.7, compared with an average age of 39.8 for all Taiwanese. The top three Aboriginal communities were the Amis with 200,604 people, or 37.1 percent of the total, the Paiwan with 96,334 (17.8 percent) and the Atayal with 85,888 (15.9 percent). Hualien County had the most Aboriginal residents, with 91,675, or 17 percent of the total number of indigenous inhabitants in the nation. Taitung County came in second with 14.7 percent and Taoyuan was third with 12.1 percent. In terms of the ratio of Aborigines to the overall population in each county or city, Taitung County had the highest number with 35.5 percent, followed by Hualien County with 27.5 percent and Pingtung County with 6.9 percent.



November 24, 2013 § Leave a comment

Polynesian Atoll - Federated States of Micronesia 1969

Polynesian Atoll – Federated States of Micronesia 1969

museum pic

Nukuoro on Wikipedia < Click

Did ancient Formosan seafarers sail to other Pacific Islands - and remain there?

Did ancient Formosan seafarers sail to other Pacific Islands – and stay there?  My pictures from Nukuoro Atoll.  The girl (above) is Bareana.  How amazing to be able to find her again via mutual Facebook friends.

385245_150670525083515_1492878512_n Bareana 2013Bareana today in 2013 – with daughter in Arizona USA, her eldest son won a scholarship to a leading university in Taipei.  (Below) Bareana in 1969 on Nukuoro



June 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

When I was much younger, and the editor of this magazine, my first big story covered a visit to a couple of beautiful islands, actually true atolls, close to the equator in what is now called the Federated States of Micronesia.  I’m now recycling the pictures on a new blog.  This might be of interest for anyone with friends studying Taiwanese aboriginal cultures.  There is a proven or at least illustrated DNA link between Polynesia and Taiwan which may answer the very old question of “where did the Polynesian people migrate from”?



February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

As mentioned elsewhere, there is a DNA-established link between east coast Taiwanese aborigines and Pacific Polynesians.  Kavalan are the people of the east coast, as illustrated in this beautiful coin and medal set recently minted and published in Taiwan.

The fold-out publication of heavy board  to last a long time.  Interesting information about the Kavalan culture.

How banana-tree fibre or silk can be woven into cloth is very interesting and a good commercial idea today for those who seek organic clothing.

At Taitung 2011


August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment




Nukuoro Atoll - Federated States of Micronesia.

Nukuoro Atoll – Federated States of Micronesia. Pre teenager Miss Bareana.

This girl reminds me of a person that might be  from the island of Nukuoro – Eastern Caroline Islands, Federated States of Micronesia.


July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

The  little girl (surrounded by stars) lived on a beautiful Polynesian atoll in the Pacific. One of my favorite pictures taken decades ago with a medium format Rolleiflex camera during an adventure that has remained the best  for all those who were involved.

A seaplane safari to “a lost island paradise” we said at the time.

Via friends on Facebook (especially Edwin McBride and Gilala Dunning) we located Balabala (the little girl pictured) in Arizona USA and then her son Manny who was at university in Taipei, Taiwan.

What makes this story even more interesting is how Taiwanese people (and Melanesians) colonized Pacific Islands 1000 years ago by traveling in canoes with chickens and coconuts – with some returning to Taiwan later.

Here in modern times the same thing is still happening with Manny ‘returning’ to Taiwan for his studies.  The cycle of life continues…….

The Australian radio show (above) mentions Polynesians and their travels.



September 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

Data from The Great Book of Fighters

General characteristics of A6M Zero

  • Crew: 1
  • Length: 9.06 m (29 ft 9 in)
  • Wingspan: 12.0 m (39 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 22.44 m² (241.5 ft²)
  • Empty weight: 1,680 kg (3,704 lb)
  • Loaded weight: 2,410 kg (5,313 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1× Nakajima sakae 12 radial engine, 709 kW (950 hp)
  • Aspect ratio: 6.4


  • Never exceed speed: 660 km/h (356 kn, 410 mph)
  • Maximum speed: 533 km/h (287 kn, 331 mph) at 4,550 m (14,930 ft)
  • Range: 3,105 km (1,675 nmi, 1,929 mi)
  • Service ceiling: 10,000 m (33,000 ft)
  • Rate of climb: 15.7 m/s (3,100 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 107.4 kg/m² (22.0 lb/ft²)
  • Power/mass 294 W/kg (0.18 hp/lb)


  • Guns:
    • 2× 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Type 97 machine guns in the engine cowling, with 500 rounds per gun.
    • 2× 20mm type 99 canons in the wings, with 60 rounds per gun.

Divergence of trajectories between 7.7 mm and 20mm ammunition

  • Bombs:
    • 2× 60 kg (132 lb) bombs or
    • 1× fixed 250 kg (551 lb) bombs for  attacks by Kamikaze

FORMOSA was a Japanese colony until 1945 – Zero aircraft were based here and some presumably were  the Kamikaze’s which attacked American ships off Okinawa.

One Japanese pilot who had an interesting story during WWII.  This pilot ran out of fuel and crash-landed on a coral atoll lagoon down near the equator at Nukuoro where I took the underwater picture.

His grand-daughter is now married and living in USA.  He fathered  two additional children on other islands!

The aircraft was 80% intact and in shallow water just off a beach, in the area known today as the Federated States of Micronesia, Eastern Caroline Islands.

We made underwater pictures of the aircraft during our expedition in 1969, plus 16mm movie footage.

These would make a TV story if we can find  details on the pilot’s fate after the war.

A remote chance is that he survives today but in his late eighties.

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