Accepted paper:

Transnational Pangcah from Taiwan to South Africa: home, church, ethnic identity, adaptation and development

Authors:

Kao Weiyi (National Tsing Hua University)

Paper short abstract:

The author's focus in this case is on immigrants of Pangcah people of Hualien to South Africa in the 1980s.

Paper long abstract:

The author's focus in this case is on immigrants of Pangcah people of Hualien to South Africa in the 1980s. They belonged in the past to Taiwan society's underlying labor class, meanwhile their life in the political and economic context was of the lower class, however they have one thing in common with each other, they were Christians when living in Taiwan. During the migration and growth process, they have set up the first overseas branch of their original village church, Pangcah Presbyterian Church of Taiwan, at the border between South Africa and Lesotho, but because of severe flooding, the local government decided evacuate the town residents in 1998 and also clear all buildings, including the church. However, although the Pangcah people were scattered all over South Africa , they continue to maintain momentum as religious, self-understanding even after global immigration.

panel P047
Migration of culture across organizations and communities