There are times in life when we tend to avoid talking about certain issues for fear of offending or hurting the feelings of people involved due to our lack of knowledge or familiarity with the topics that prevents us from making sound judgments. Therefore, we always keep a safe distance from each other, which also leads to estrangement. For different ethnic groups in Taiwan, being unfamiliar with each other does not help achieve a multiethnic society that embraces diverse cultures. Only by recognizing and appreciating each other's differences can we achieve mutual admiration and respect.
As a mountaineering enthusiast, the singer-songwriter Wang Hui-chu has conquered twenty-two out of Taiwan's highest peaks. She not only regards nature with awe and reverence but also respects the culture of various indigenous groups, keeping in harmony with the mountains and forests. In this issue, we invite her to the Payuan Community to learn knowledge about the mountains and indigenous culture from the Paiwan people, experiencing first-hand the power of mountain forests as well as nature’s love for mankind.
Note: “Plutut: Embrinah sapah dgiyaq” means “Passing the Baton: Returning to the Homelands in the Mountains” in Truku language.