Lin Chiang-yi

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Lin Chiang-yi
Minister of Council of Indigenous Peoples of the Republic of China
In office
1 August 2013 – 20 May 2016
Deputy Chen Cheng-chia[1]
Preceded by Sun Ta-chuan
Succeeded by Icyang Parod
Deputy Minister of Council of Indigenous Peoples of the Republic of China
In office
2008 – 31 July 2013
Minister Chang Jen-hsiang
Sun Ta-chuan
Personal details
Born 30 October 1949 (1949-10-30) (age 68)
Nationality Republic of China
Political party Kuomintang
Alma mater National Taiwan University
National Chengchi University

Lin Chiang-yi or Mayaw Dongi (Chinese: 林江義; pinyin: Lín Jiāngyì) is a politician in the Republic of China. He was the Minister of the Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) from 1 August 2013 until 20 May 2016.[2][3] He is of the Amis people, one of the indigenous peoples of Taiwan.

Education and early career[edit]

Lin obtained his bachelor's degree in law from National Taiwan University in 1974. He then obtained his master's degree in ethnology from National Chengchi University in 2004.

Upon graduation from his bachelor's degree university, Lin worked as an officer at Yanping Township Office in Taitung County in 1977-1980. In 1980, he worked as an officer of the Subsection Chief and Secretary of the Department of Civil Affairs of the Taiwan Provincial Government until 1987. He then moved to the Ministry of the Interior where he worked as Specialist and Section Chief of the Department of Civil Affairs in 1987-1996. In 1996-1997, he worked as the Chief Secretary of the Indigenous Peoples Commission of the Taipei City Government. In 1997, he started to work as the Director of Department of Education and Culture and the Department of Planning of the CIP. After receiving his master's degree in 2004, he worked as the Chief Secretary of the CIP until 2008.

CIP Ministry[edit]

Hla’alua and Kanakanvu tribes recognition[edit]

Speaking at Legislative Yuan plenary session in February 2014, Lin said that the Hla’alua and Kanakanvu tribe of Taiwanese aborigines can be recognized as the 15th and 16th aboriginal tribes, stating that those two groups are still currently treated as part of the Tsou group of Kaohsiung.[4]

Declining of the aboriginal language use[edit]

In August 2014, Lin voiced his concern with the declining usage of Taiwan aboriginal languages among the Taiwanese aborigines. He called on the aborigines to put more efforts to reviving their languages, warning that ethnic groups would vanish soon after their languages disappear. He made the remarks after a survey done on the Amis, Bunun, Nataoran, Puyuma, Saisiyat and Thao languages. The survey also revealed that Puyuma language would be added to the endangered languages list.[5]


  1. ^ "Representative to Indonesia named to MND deputy post". Taipei Times. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)-Executive Yuan Officials". Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  3. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle aimed at enhancing public well-being: premier | Politics | FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  4. ^ "Recognition of two further indigenous populations sought". Taipei Times. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  5. ^ "Taipei Times".