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Session A3
Post-disaster Socio-economic Reconstruction of Indigenous Communities: Cases from Southern Taiwan
紀駿傑 Chun-Chieh Chi
Department of Ethnic Relations and Culture, National Dong-Hwa University, Taiwan

In summer 2009, Typhoon Morakot swept through southern Taiwan, and dumped unprecedented amount of rain in southern Taiwan. Many indigenous villages, especially those in the mountainous areas, were severely damaged with much human as well as property loses. The Taiwanese government, working with a few NGOs, constructed thousands of “permanent housing units” in a dozen sites to resettle more than 30 indigenous villages. This paper presents the reconstruction of those relocated villages, particularly Haocha and Ali villages, and discuss about these villagers’ individual as well as collective efforts to cope with the relocation of their settlement from their traditional territories. Much emphasis will be placed on how indigenous people manage to survive economically, and how these communities’ socio-cultural heritage and fabrics helped the villagers in coping with their newly settled geographical area and new housing/community arrangements. Finally, indigenous communities are the victim of climate injustices, this paper will apply the concept of “climate justice” to discuss and make suggestions on how to alleviate indigenous sufferings due to climate change, and how to assist affected indigenous communities in their betting coping with post-disaster relocation while manage to sustain and enhance their socio-cultural heritage.