Left Behind: From Japanese Administration to Colonial Nostalgia on Formosa

Left Behind: From Japanese Administration to Colonial Nostalgia on Formosa

Canada Japan Society of Ottawa (CJSO) speaker Scott Simon

Photo: Mélanie Provencher

Dr. Scott Simon, professor of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa, will speak to CJSO members about Taiwanese sentiment surrounding colonial Japanese rule from 1895-1945 and the ensuing Republic of China regime that has been in power ever since. Dr. Simon’s presentation begins with a discussion of the stories he has uncovered in Taiwan, before exploring what it means for an understanding of human cognition.  

VENUE: Kiko Japanese Restaurant, 349 Preston St, Ottawa, ON 
: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
TIME: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

ADMISSION: Free of charge, however, meal costs are covered by participants
RSVP: Please RSVP by emailing info@cjsottawa.ca and stating your intention to participate.


Scott Simon specializes in the political anthropology of indigeneity and development in the Austronesian communities of Taiwan. He explores the meaning of indigeneity in Taiwan, with a particular interest in questions of political autonomy and rights to the management of wildlife. He has done ethnographic research on this topic in both Hualien and Nantou counties of Taiwan since 2004. He has also been doing research, mostly with hunters and trappers, on human-animal relations. This includes ethno-ornithology, and a study of the use of birds as oracles. His book has been published by Presses de l’Université Laval: www.pulaval.com/produit/sadyaq-balae-l-autochtonie-formosane-dans-tous-ses-etats

Selected Degrees

Ph.D. (1998) – AnthropologieUniversité McGill
M.A. (1994) – AnthropologieUniversité McGill
B.A. (1988) – Études est-asiatiques et Études d’allemandUniversité d’Indiana
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