The Taiwan News on Sunday had a very strange article about the tourism business in the Alishan Scenic Area Administration. Seems the boss, a Chinese Han man named Jason Chung, has decided the traditional Tsou tribal dances are not good enough to attract the tourists, so he has called in some dance teachers from other tribes to teach the Tsou people new dance, more entertaining and lively I guess, in order to attract the tourists to their area of the island.
You can see these dance imported dance at the Bean of Life Festival next October, called the Tsou Fona. Chung is quoted as saying “the Tsou tend to have less lively dances and ceremonies than the tribes along the coast, so I have asked them to make some changes.”
ASKED THEM TO MAKE SOME CHANGES? IN THEIR TRADITIONAL TRIBAL DANCES? Then they are no longer traditional tribal dances. What a racist he is!
He adds: “Tourism is about entertainment rather than deeply exploring a culture.” OH YEAH?
he says "So Traditional Tsou dance can do well as a cultureal event, but it does not attract tourists. Thus CHung has invited a Paiwan dance teacher to work with young Tsou people in Laiji village to develop new tourist oriented dances like the warrior dance. OMPH OMPJH OMPH!
This sounds like a dog and pony show. What is going on with these tourism bureau people? Create fake new dances for the tourists? Is that respectful of Tsou culture, coming from an outsider?
The article is not online, but it was written by a reporter named Cheryl Robbins, supplement writer, it says.
The guy’s website is listed as
Tourism Chief’s Jason CHung email : firstname.lastname@example.org