Since when have Tao people stopped using for their own familiar ways to pass down the island’s history?
Since when have Tao people started to only learn about Lanyu from the writings of non-Tao people?
In the past when there was no television, male and female, old and young Tao people liked to gather around after dinner for chatting and singing. The most well-known style is perhaps the mikariyag (Hand-Clapping Singing Party) during the summer beautiful-moon season. Of course, single youngsters used this chance to find partners and to bond with peers through creating poems and songs. At the same time, they were also learning traditional songs which they had to master throughout life. This Hand-Clapping Singing Party is like the modern college, where people can build up relationships beside learning.
Hand-Clapping Songs are mostly about histories of the villages and the island. These are the stories, which school teachers never teach us. “Tao classroom” wish to rebuild a learning and exchange platform like formal mikariyag and invite elders, who like to share their knowledge. Here we are also able to exchange thoughts about current issues on Lanyu. Most importantly, we will focus on the stories that are not passed down by the ocean. We sincerely invite people who like to listen to stories, to ask questions, and to discuss, to join us!