The issue above is relevant to Taiwan’s history. Taiwan was the habitat of Austronesian peoples, who were native to the land in the days long before the arrival of modern colonization. Ethnically, linguistically, and culturally, they belong to a civilization of huge expanse, stretching from North to Taiwan then Hawaii, and New Zealand to the south. To the west, it extends to Madagascar and Easter Island in the east. Archeological findings suggest that the migration of this non-scripture civilization is far from peaceful as they showed its share of wars, natural disasters, massacres and genocides. The concept of “the Austronesian indigenous peoples” needs not to be romanticized and considered a peaceful process.
It is, however, more constructive to explore the various cultural and political challenges faced by global human migration. The languages of the Austronesian indigenous people are as significant as archeological sites in their contribution to our understanding of the symbiosis between humankind and ecology. A further discussion on the recertification of Taiwanese ethnic identity will be informed by the fundamental narratives developed above. It is beyond the so-called de-sinicization or the decoupling of the Chinese language. It sets out to redefine our roles as global beings on this earth in this day and age.