The Taming of the Barbarian and Other Savage Love Stories
One of the main protagonists of Lost Histories, Yayutz was one of the highest paid Indigenous Taiwanese who worked for the Japanese colonial government. "In the media coverage of Yayutz’s presence in the metropolis, her civilized behavior was continually emphasized, from the repeated references to her fluency in Japanese to admiring comments in newspapers about her signature being proof of her civilized ways" (p. 210). In the book there are 11 photographs of Yayutz and I use these images along with oral histories, material objects and documents to reconstruct her life.
Credit: Nihon, April 30, 1912. (Corresponds with Lost Histories, p. 210, footnote 34).
Aliman Siken's move from Tamaho
After tireless efforts on behalf of the Japanese colonial government and its policemen and translators, they finally convinced Aliman to move from Tamaho to the house on Lilong Mountain in December 1930. This was seen as a major turning point in trying to erode the brothers' strength as rebel leaders.
Aliman and his family in front of their new Japanese built house. Credit: Taiwan nichi nichi shinpō, December 9, 1930. (Corresponds with Lost Histories, p. 241, footnote 133).
After Aliman and his family moved, he was invited to meet with the head of Taidong prefecture, Kodama, in April 1931. Much was made of “the unsubmitted barbarian” Aliman’s visit to Kodama’s house but as the picture shows, Aliman was actually not a threat, and was in close proximity to Kodama’s wife and children. Another picture of this visit from a different angle can be seen in Lost Histories. (Corresponds to Lost Histories, p. 242, footnote 136).
Caption: “In the center the savage in ceremonial dress is Aliman Siken the not yet submitted barbarian”
Credit: Fujisaki Seinosuke. Taiwan no banzoku. (Tokyo: Kokushi Kankōkai, 1931).
According to Riban no tomo, on his deathbed Aliman purportedly "apologized to the police officers for the debt he owed them, and he advised his people to follow the orders of the officials” (248). (Corresponds to Lost Histories, p.248, footnote 154).
The picture printed of Aliman with his obituary. Credit: Riban no tomo, February 1936.