January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment
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
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.
August 20, 2011 § Leave a comment
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)
- 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.
- 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.