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3 - The Visible and Invisible Subaltern: The Power Struggle of Homeless People’s Cultural Rights Between Radical Alternative Homeless Media and Popular Poor Trip in Taiwan

Friday, July 6
10:20 AM - 11:50 AM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

This paper aims to examine the power struggle of homeless internal migrants in Taiwan. Since 2007, social activists working on homeless people started making video and photography workshops to fight against the stereotypes shared about homeless people. They successfully fought back the politician’s intension to dispel the homeless people from a public parks and denounce the politician’s behavior.


 Recently, more and more social groups protecting homeless people’s welfare appeared. Most of these groups focus on cultural activities, such as selling Big Issue magazines, having homeless people as a tour guide to show the society where they eat, get food, live, and sleep. Gradually, with big funding from overseas NGO, some organizations are capable to hold big exhibitions.


 The invisible subaltern are still invisible when the city mayor wants to dispel them in November 2017. Ironically, the same subaltern are under the spot light, become tour guides and witnesses of the bitterness of life or models on show stages.


This paper will analyse the variety of these cultural activities related to homeless in Taiwan, including examining what kind of representation these activities present in front of the society, what is the impact on these homeless people, and whether do these cultural activities really increase protection of the social rights or what kind of role does those funding institutions play.

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