Comparison Study of Terms of Genealogy, Whakapapa, and Family Chronicles of New Zealand and Taiwan

LIN, Chihfeng P. and YEH, Neiching (2019) Comparison Study of Terms of Genealogy, Whakapapa, and Family Chronicles of New Zealand and Taiwan. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2019 - Athens, Greece - Libraries: dialogue for change in Session S06 - Local History and Genealogy with Asia and Oceania. In: Theme 1: Libraries as mediators, producers and partners in the development of community awareness and cultural understanding Theme 2: Local History and Genealogy in multiethnic societies, the impact of genetic mapping and digitized sources, 21-22 August 2019, Belgrade, Serbia.

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Abstract

Comparison Study of Terms of Genealogy, Whakapapa, and Family Chronicles of New Zealand and Taiwan

There is a close racial relationship between Taiwan’s aborigines and New Zealand’s Māori people. During process of immigration from Taiwan to New Zealand, revealing the two races connected. Through evidence of the words “Genealogy”, “Whakapapa” “Family Chronicles” which have similarity but also differences. The language differences existed but in what extent the differences are. The major objective of this study is to compare the differences among these concepts of whakapapa, genealogy and family chronicles to explore the meanings beyond these three words. Authors retrieved Māori and related literature to find out the differences. The difficulties came from that aborigines did not have archives or written records of the history. However, there are not sufficient information available. With limited information, authors extract valuable concept worth further exploration. Authors suggest that public libraries of these two area should systematically collect related information. The other suggestion is to produce oral history of local aborigines in order to maintain the language heritage and cultural development.

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