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Anthropology Note 27 - Hakka White-Jade-Radish Couplet (an example)

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(This is NOTE 27 of the main ongoing Anthropology Notes  HERE .) Hakka White-Jade-Radish is named not only for its relatively small (and slim) size like delicate jade, but also a couplet often found at a ' 土地龍神 Dragon Lord of Soil and Ground' Hakka clan residence altar.  I was taken to one in Wugoushui  五溝水 Hakka community, Wanluan Township  萬巒鄉 , Pintung County.  The Hakka household is Wu, a famous brick kiln family. The Wus have been known for producing high quality bricks and tiles for over a century.  The couplet from right to left 土中生白玉  White Jade Born from Soil ' 土地龍神香座位 Dragon Lord of Soil and Ground' Incense Altar 地内出黃金  Gold Born from Ground

Anthropology Note 26 - Orchid Island Pigs gu'is (Borrowed Hokkien Word kuí-á 鬼神)

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(This is NOTE 26 of the main ongoing Anthropology Notes  HERE .) According to 'Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan' in THIS article -    Tao people  達悟族人  ( an  Austronesian ethnic group  native to the tiny outlying  Orchid Island  of  Taiwan ) called their Native Lanyu pigs  蘭嶼豬  'gu'is'. 'Gu'is' - borrowed from a  Hokkien word   kuí-á (   kuí) 鬼神 meaning  supernatural/spirits/ghosts and gods - explains  Tao are in awe of Lanyu pig's supernatural power and fearsome fixed stare. Native pigs return to Orchid Island after 40-year captive breeding program (2021 development) Pigs (Wild boars) thick bristles is called 剛鬣 gāng liè (Source - Three Consecrations 三獻 rites , Book of Rites (Liji 禮記) @476 BC) - see our TOPICS article Feeding the Departed.

George Leslie Mackay POJ Scripts and Photos

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Sin-Tiam Church (Photo is the rebuilt in 1885) A church of rich historical value Destroyed by Monga (Wanhua) mobs during Sino-French war, rebuilt in 1885, destroyed by typhoon later in 1924. (Source Leslie Noble Oct 2020) (Sin-Tiam/Xindian 新店) 'Dadaocheng Presbyterian Church' (Ganzhou Street  甘州街 ) Identified by  Li Chunsheng 李春生  descendant (Source Leslie Noble Oct 2020) Leslie Noble, granddaughter of Nellie Mackay, forwarded me in October 2020 a bunch of photos and hand scripts kept in the homes of Mackay descendants in Canada. (Source Leslie Noble Oct 2020) Leslie thinks Margaret Noble was her grandfather's (Thomas Noble) sister whom she met only once as a kid in the 60s. The connection (identity) between Margaret Mackay (one of the Mackay Sisters) and Margaret Noble, at this point and as far as myself is concerned, is unclear and unknown. But I could be missing or forgetting something. Looking through and in the meantime with unfailingly support from my historian

From The Miao Legendary "Lanjuan Yi 蘭娟衣" to 'Taiwanese Fujian Ancestors"

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Revere the Spirits of Nature  A gift from a Yunnan Lahu ( 拉祜族)    family -  embroidery in Lahu traditional colors and motif.  Yunnan 2018 I learned from my two-week Yunnan trip in 2018, as a 'general rule', ethnic minority colours and motif represent the way the people revere spirits of nature - From one of the more distant and 'ancient'  The Nashi 納西族 (who are thought to have come originally from northwestern China and settled in Tibet) to The Miao  苗族  (who perhaps Taiwanese are more familiar with, as well as by the term 'cooked' and 'raw' indigenous peoples referring to the levels of assimilation into Han culture). The blue lines, for example, are streams and rivers. The bright pink, the flowering plants in the grass lands.  "How and where our Fujian ancestors originated and migrated from" What inspired me for this short quick post is actually from a recent informal conversation within the 'Taiwan Old Family' group I  belong to - by

A Culinary History of Taipei (Beyond Pork and Ponlai) Supplemental Youtube

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YOUTUBE HERE .  (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCng_Lf6NbY9K1KRDE18s4eg) These 12- part videos are direct transfer from photos and notes originally posted on Facebook - a total of 392 photos and 6 videos.  They are fun supplement to our book published in October 2018. And we hope to have them shared to a wider audience outside Facebook. First entry May 2018 and last Nov 2020.  Part I   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfZLg2g31Ac Part 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG-xdZWiVQs&t=237s Part 3  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfiN6iCf-LE&t=17s Part 4  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DWdRmxXZzM&t=68s Music - Taiwanese Melodies Part 5 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ojmczDVSE&t=33s Part 6  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKTQbozUHYs Part 7  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DL3vnJHFVg&t=40s Part 8  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svIM6R9kkRA&t=37s Part 9  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS9XMvnU2hA&t=4s Part 10  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3IBJvNcwWI

From Goose Fat to Historical Restriction - Hakka and Jews - Xmas 2020 Story

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  (This is also 'NOTE 23' of the main ongoing Anthropology page  HERE . https://katyhuiwenhung.blogspot.com/2020/04/food-anthropology-notes-from-taiwans.html) It went back to Feb 2019, a young chef and ' London Bao Soho ' researcher and I met up in Taipei. Of the limited time we had, I took her to National Taiwan University to 'explain' our book title 'Beyond Pork and PONLAI'. There is not better way and location for this purpose.  We visited 'ISO HOUSE' (Dr Iso, the father of Ponlai rice) -  A relatively neglected 'Formosa rice' development center, unknown to most expats and many Taiwanese locals.  Formosa rice refers to Ponlai rice. She mentioned she liked to bring some souvenir back to London for her chef friends to enjoy, something interesting and 'delicious'.  'Goose Fat with Crispy Shallots'   I knew she would like it! when I introduced her this goodie at NTU campus shop of agricultural produce and upon my showing a

Indigenous note - The Forgotten Oil Millet of Taiwan

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  Taro ball with 'oil millet' coating on 'South Asian' taro 南洋芋 leaf (This entry is 'Note 22' of the main Anthropology page HERE ) 'Formosan Beard Grass 台灣油芒 ' - 'Millet of the Future 'The Forgotten Oil Millet of Taiwan' was discovered by Dorian Fuller (UCL Institute of Archaeology) before a follow-up rediscovery in Pingtung by Academia Sinica researchers. It is now known as 'Formosan Beard Grass 台灣油芒 '. It grows all year round, and now promoted a good substitute for the traditional millet (foxtail), it was said.   'Lalumaj' is its Rukai name and 'Ljumay' Paiwan's. Austronesian linguistic connection was done by a research team led by Laurent Sagart .   I recently became acquainted with this forgotten and magical grain because of some creative dishes served by Bunan peoples in Taitung.   The best way to promote a grain /crop is to develop recipes, cook and serve.  Check it out when in Taitung.   Exhibition at 'N