Elites Play Aborigine and Frolick on Aboriginal Lands 1999

The following photos were originally posted at the University of California at Berkeley's website at:
I downloaded them for my own reference but since the photos have been taken off the web at the UCB webpage I have decided to repost these since I think they provide a useful visual anthropology of elites at the 1999 University of California Berkeley (UCB) sponsored Fourth Asian Leadership Conference held at the Grand Formosa Taroko Hotel in Taroko National Park on what are occupied and unceded Taroko Aboriginal lands. Aborigines primarily serve as part of the backdrop for the conference particularly as entertainment during the dinners. Conference participants in several of the photos play try on Aboriginal traditional costumes or pose with Aborigines. The UCB webpage didn't have any comments for the photos and each photo was on its own webpage however I have put them all together with the UCB assigned file number at the top of each. All comments are my own and carry my particular bias that this was a glorified elite holiday but anyways you decide. Following the photographs is a schedule of the events which contextualizes the photos.








An Aboriginal woman dressed in Rukai dress doing handycrafts.




These participants are wearing what appear to Ami headdresses.


The male participant in the middle has fake tattoos that were once part of male initiation in Atayal peoples prior to conquest by the Japanese.





Participants attend dinner with Aborigines.



Participant in right middle is wearing Rukai Aboriginal headdress.

The Grand Formosa Taroko Hotel.










  Participants having a laugh. Middle participant is wearing Ami Chief headdress.

  Participants in group photo with Aboriginal performers.

Below is the program for the 1999 UC Berkley 4th Asian Leadership Conference. I reckon it is important to consider the ways in which the Taiwan Aborigines are utilized as entertainment after the serious work of conferencing is done. Particular attention should be paid to the sponsors of the events.





1997 Asian

University of California, Berkeley
4th Asian Leadership Conference

Grand Formosa Taroko Hotel
Hualien, Taiwan - November 4-7, 1999

Program Schedule

Thursday, November 4

Friday, November 5

Saturday, November 6

Sunday, November 7

Pre-Conference Activities

Thursday, November 4 
4:00 p.m. 
Registration and Hotel Check-In 
6:30 p.m. 
Asian Leadership Conference Kick-Off Reception and Buffet Dinner 
Sponsored by: PT. Inti Dufree Promosindo and Bank Mayapada 
Friday, November 5 
Friday Symposium sponsored by First International Computer. 
7:30 a.m. 
9:00-9:45 a.m. 
The University's Role in Creating the Environment for Building a Knowledge-Based Economy 
Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl, Introductory Remarks 
The Business and Science of Biotechnology 

9:45-10:30 a.m. 
Innovation and Discovery in Biotechnology 
Edward Penhoet, Dean, School of Public Health and Vice Chairman, Chiron Corporation 
As the founder of the biotechnology firm Chiron, Dean Penhoet will share insights into how partnerships between universities and private industry are a driving force behind new developments in biotechnology. 
10:30-10:45 a.m. 
10:45-11:30 a.m. 
Looking Beyond the Light 
Alexander Pines, Professor, College of Chemistry 
Professor Pines, a world leader in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), will discuss the development and industrial applications of his research and how his novel imaging methods are being used to advance new materials and biomedicine and to help promote the cost-effective and equitable delivery of health care. 
11:30-12:00 p.m. 
Question and Answer Period 
12:00-1:15 p.m. 
The Changing Dynamics of Technology Leadership 
1:15-2:00 p.m. 
Forging Ties Between Silicon Valley and Asia 
AnnaLee Saxenian, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning 
Professor Saxenian, author of the widely acclaimed book Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128, will share insights from her research on entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and their ties to Asia. She will also discuss how Silicon Valley is leading the way in the knowledge economy. 
2:00-2:45 p.m. 
From Vision to Venture: An Insider's View 
James Sha, Managing Partner, Spring Creek Venture 
Mr. Sha will share insights into the explosive growth taking place in Silicon Valley and the challenges technology companies face in the competition for venture capital funds. 
2:45-3:00 p.m. 
Harnessing the Power of the Information Age 
Hal Varian, Dean, School of Information Management and Systems 
Dean Varian, coauthor of the best-selling book Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy, will examine the factors required to succeed in this information age and how business can utilize the information and knowledge resources they have to maximize their potential in the era of 

3:45-4:15 p.m. 
Question and Answer Period 
4:15-5:00 p.m. 
Concluding Remarks 
Yuan-Tseh Lee, Chair of the Asian Leadership Conference Honorary Committee and President, Academia Sinica 
6:30 p.m. 
Dinner: Aboriginal and International Barbeque 
Sponsored by: Chevron 
Aboriginal song and dance entertainment will be featured. 
Saturday, November 6 
7:30-9:00 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast 
Interactive Panel Discussion: 

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Asian Economies: Outlook 2000 
On the final day of the 3rd Asian Leadership Conference in 1997, participants engaged in an interactive dialogue on the economic crisis that swept through the region. We continue the discussion this year with business and government leaders from various countries who will share their thoughts and personal reflections on the challenges they have encountered in the past two years and the opportunities that await them in the new millennium. 
12:00-12:45 p.m. 
1:00-3:00 p.m. 
Leisure Activities - Nature hikes led by local guides 
Austronesian Festival at the Pulowan Sacred Site 
A gala cultural and culinary experience, the festival will bring together over 100 tribal members from the Taroko, Bunun, Atayal, and Amis indigenous groups to interact with our guests through translators and demonstrate cooking and craft-making traditions. Guests will then be escorted to the upper terrace for dinner. 
Farewell Dinner: Night of Four Tribes 
Dinner will take place at twilight on the upper terrace of the sacred ancestral site of Pulowan, in the open air surrounded by the Marble Mountains. The evening will provide a shared experience with indigenous Austronesian speakers and conclude with a colorful festival of customary song and dance from the ancient tribes. 
Cultural Evening sponsored by Quanta Computer Inc. 
Dinner sponsored by Grand Formosa Taroko Hotel. 
Sunday, November 7 

7:30-9:00 a.m. 
Continental Breakfast 
Checkout and Departure 

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