The Journey of Deterrent Cinema: Retracing Film Activities with Aboriginal Tourism Policy in the Japanese Colonial Period in Taiwan


Upon Aboriginal Tourism Policy of Colonial Government in the Japanese Colonial Period, this study reviewed the aboriginals’ film culture experience when the cinema was introduced in Taiwan in early times and the cultivation on the aboriginals of the colonialists by tourism activities and cinema promotion in order to recognize the aboriginals’ early film experience and expand the perspective and level of present discussion on Taiwan cinema history in the Japanese colonial period. This study will adopt the historical approach, including national and overseas newspapers, periodical, books, official literatures and governance archives of the aboriginals in the Japanese colonial period, particularly the historical data on cinema cultivation of tourism policy adopted by the colonial government and literatures related to the aboriginals’ participation in tourism and film watching at the time. Finally, this study aims to review the application of cinema by the Japanese colonial government in order to examine the development of Taiwan cinema by broader perspective. The most important is that it re-explores Taiwan cinema from the perspective of the aboriginals which is a gap in past research on Taiwan cinema history.

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Hsien-cheng Liu, Kun Shan University, Taiwan

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Conference: MediAsia2020
Stream: Film History

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