A meeting held yesterday to discuss the strategic direction of the Aboriginal TV Network was dominated by the controversial selection of a non-Aboriginal to head the network.
Yu Kan-ping (
Although Yu has extensive experience working with the Amis tribe, he is of Han descent.
There have been strong dissenting voices within the Aboriginal community over Yu's appointment to the top job.
"I myself felt that there should have been an Aboriginal station manager," said Public Television board member and adjunct professor of Taiwanese Literature at National Chengchi University Sun Da-chuan (
But he defended the choice, saying that of the nine shortlisted candidates Yu was the only one with the technical expertise necessary for the job.
"We will work to ameliorate the lack of technical expertise [within the Aboriginal community]. Within the next three years we will cultivate talent in a systematic way," he added.
Wang Jun-show (
Drawing on his experience as president of the Hakka-dominated National United University, Wang said it was possible for an outsider to effectively promote a culture that is not his or her own.
"Even though I'm not Hakka, I became more Hakka than the Hakka. They called me a spiritual Hakka," Wang said.
The dissenting voice on the panel belonged to Oebay A Awi, of the Saisiat tribe.
Saying that "we were only allowed to join the discussion after the decision was made," he called for the station manager position to be "returned to the Aborigines."
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