For Seediq, 2021 is an epoch-making year. We have promoted the language revitalization policy at the government, many of our ethnic groups gave efforts on passing our language and written records. We are pleased to see that the Seediq language is officially launched on Wikipedia.
In the “Project for Wikipedia Construction of Aboriginal Languages” undertaken by the Center for Aboriginal Studies of Chengchi University in 2015, a group of tribal elders who can speak and write Seediq attempted to promote our Seediq language to the international stage. However, due to the lack of organizational aid and human resources, the written articles are limited and precarious. Fortunately, in 2019, with the Seediq Language Promotion Organization, we have a fixed place to gather editors and discuss, we have funding for meal expenses that gave us strength. Our original ambition has returned.
In April 2020, the Seediq Language Promotion Organization saw that it is about time, and asked a tribe youth(Jiang Kaiwen Walis Huwac) who passed the advanced ethnic language certification to be the convener and launch a youth editorial team to attract more Seediq and Han youth to join the editing. The editing was divided into 3 categories, the entry was a co-editing with the tribe elders. We edit regularly at the classroom organized by Seediq Language Promotion Organization from 18:00 to 20:30 every Friday evening.
In March 2021, thanks to the efforts of everyone to write in the Seediq language and edit on the Wiki platform, the Seediq language was finally seen by the world. All Seediq is no doubt the happiest group of people! At the same time, this shows that the government’s Language Restoration Policy has also worked.
In the future, we will continue to write and edit Wikipedia; we will also recruit more elders and young people to join the editing to maintain the Wikipedia that belongs to us.