‘Aborigines’ with no capital
On your article “Aborigines struggle to find work” (April 25, page 2), it is important to note that when we use the term “Aborigine” with a capital A we actually refer to the first people of Australia. To discuss the first people of Taiwan the correct usage would either be “indigenous people” or “aborigine” without a capital letter.
The same applies for other indigenous groups. With Native Americans, “Native” with a capital N refers to the first people. However, the term “native Americans” without a capital refers to anyone born in the US.
Editor’s note: The term “Aborigine” is capitalized in this newspaper consistent with other ethnic groups (Hoklo, Hakka and Mainlanders); the term is preferred over “indigenous” to avoid confusion with the enduring debate between Han groups over ethnic and political legitimacy.