The idea of 'Country': reframing post-disaster recovery in Indigenous Taiwan settings

Minna Hsu, Richard Howitt, Chun Chieh Chi

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    In Australian Aboriginal thinking, the idea of 'Country' comprises complex ideas about relationships and connection. It simultaneously encompasses territorial affiliation, a social identification and cosmological orientation. It draws attention to what might be glossed as people-to-environment, people-to-people and people-to-cosmos relations. These relations influence disaster responses, but are rarely mobilised explicitly in shaping formal recovery and reconstruction efforts. Colonial disruption of connections to Country imposed new practices and presences into contemporary Indigenous geographies and is often reinforced in disaster settings. This paper considers more recent disruptions arising from post-disaster recovery in Taiwan, arguing that the idea of Country offers a powerful way of framing cultural and social dimensions of post-disaster relief and recovery for government agencies, non-government organisations and research alike.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)370-380
    Number of pages11
    JournalAsia Pacific Viewpoint
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

    Bibliographical note

    Corrigendum can be found in Asia Pacific View Point Volume 56(3), 403,


    • Country
    • Indigenous rights
    • Typhoon Morakot
    • disaster reconstruction
    • Wutai Rukai


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