When I was visiting Aborigine villages in Taiwan I noticed that every house had a satellite dish on its roof. Anthropologist Scott Simon explained to me that the Council of Indigenous Peoples had given these out to every Aborigine household in preparation for the launch of the new Aboriginal television channel 原住民電視, or ITV, which launched yesterday. This follows the launch of a station for Taiwan’s Hakka community two years ago.
I’ll update this post as I find out more. For instance, I’m still trying to figure out how they will divide the time between all 12 officially recognized Aborigine languages! (Anyone know?) This is something the Hakka station doesn’t have to deal with.