• ISSN: 2010-023X
    • Frequency: Bimonthly
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJTEF
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof.Tung-Zong (Donald) Chang
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Cherry L. Chen
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IJTEF 2017 Vol.8(5): 225-230 ISSN: 2010-023X
DOI: 10.18178/ijtef.2017.8.5.569

Aboriginal Dietary Culture and Community Tourism Development-A Case of the Amis Matai’an Tribe, Taiwan

Yi-Su Chen
Abstract—In the face of severe challenge in the globalization era, how to conserve aboriginal culture as well as build aboriginal competitiveness in the free market becomes an important issue in enriching plural ethnic culture. Food is usually regarded as the fundamental element of cultural and social interaction, diet carries symbolic information of cultural tradition in the society. On the other hand, creativity living industry is the unique type of Cultural and Creative Industries in Taiwan, and it is full of experimental vitality. However, how to develop Amis dietary culture into promising creativity living industry is still rare in the field of academic research. This research is intended to fill in these academic blanks. Therefore, in the present study, the Matai’an Tribe in Guangfu, Hualien County, Taiwan served as a research base. This project will conduct a field survey and interview with local persons and professionals in Hualien to collect basic data and information. Social network analysis (SNA) is applied to analyze the mechanism which can effectively transform the Amis’s dietary culture into creativity living industry. Finally, this research found that dietary culture offers an alternative means of local and regional development, with the potential to strengthen identity, enhance appreciation of the environment, encouraged the regeneration of local heritage and the economy.

Index Terms—Amis dietary culture, creativity living industry, food tourism, SNA (social network Analysis).

Yi-Su Chen is with Ph. D Program in Civil and Hydraulic Engineering, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan (e-mail: morning7151@hotmail.com).

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Cite: Yi-Su Chen, "Aboriginal Dietary Culture and Community Tourism Development-A Case of the Amis Matai’an Tribe, Taiwan," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol.8, no.5, pp. 225-230, 2017.

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