Wed, Apr 29, 2009 - Page 8 News List

[LETTER]

‘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.

NIKI ALSFORD

Taipei

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.

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