Adaw Palaf


Adaw Palaf (1949- ), a Taiwanese Amis artist and poet, received a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages from National Taiwan University’s night school. His debut poem, “Sing and Dance! Young people” 舞唱吧!年輕人, and another poem, “Asking Him to ‘Mi-kadafo’” 邀他 ‘Mi—卡拉夫’, were translated by John Balcom and Yingtsih Balcom and featured in the English anthology, Indigenous Writers of Taiwan. More recently, Adaw Palaf has shifted his focus toward theatrical performance, expanding the scope of indigenous art from literature to theater.

Ai-Ling Lu is a Ph.D. student in East Asian Languages and Literatures at the Ohio State University. She received her M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Arkansas. Her main research interest is Chinese language pedagogy. Additionally, she has a keen interest in examining Taiwanese indigenous writers, and explores how they employ linguistic and translation strategies to renegotiate their indigenous identities.