Institute of Ethnology | Academia Sinica


Since its inception in 1965, the Institute of Ethnology has combined field ethnography and contemporary anthropological theory to study the structure and characteristics of Taiwanese Han immigrant society as well as the cultural transformation in various indigenous groups.

Its main research areas include the socio-cultural development of South Island (and Pingpu) ethnic groups, East and Southeast Asian studies, and comparative cultural studies.

Significant contributions have been made in such areas as socio-cultural changes and adaptation of South Island ethnic groups, religious development of the Han people, psychological and behavioral studies of the Chinese people, as well as comparative studies and studies of regional variation in Chinese culture.

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