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The Indigenous Cultures of Taiwan:KANO Tadao biographical sketch


YEAR   Activities of KANO Tadao
1906
Born in Tokyo.
1917
Starts collecting insects in the 4th grade of Jinjo Elementary School.
1919
His first paper appears in 'The World of Insects'.
1921
Gets a chance to see insect cabinets in Taiwan.
1922
Goes for insect-collecting to Hokkaido and Sakhalin.
The Great Kanto Earthquake (1923).
1924
After graduating from Junior High School, spends a year insect-collecting.
1925
Enters Taipei High School. While in High School, walks around the mountains in Taiwan and becomes absorbed in insect-collecting. Gets close to the aboriginal people at each place he visited. Gradually becomes fascinated with their culture.
1929
Graduated from Taipei High School. Remains in Taiwan and continues his research, mainly insect-collecting.
1930
Returns to Tokyo. Enters the Geography Department of Tokyo Teikoku University. Majoring in geography, starts his research on physiography and ethnology in Taiwan. Gives his whole time for research in three different disciplines.
1933
Graduated from Tokyo Teikoku University. Begins graduate school.
1934
As a graduate student, is appointed as a temporary staff member for the Governor of Taiwan.
Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology established.
1936
Meets SHIBUSAWA Keizo for the first time.
1937
With support from SHIBUSAWA, does research on the Paiwan and Yami cultures. Collaborates with MIYAMOTO Keitaro, one of the group of students who frequented the museum established by SHIBUSAWA in the attic of his garage. Records his research on Paiwan culture on 16 mm film.
Sino-Japanese War breaks out.
1938
Reports his research on the Yami at the regular meeting of the Tokyo Anthropological Society and receives a favorable review. Thereafter, his research became increasingly ethnographic.
The National Museum of Ethnology, in affiliation with the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, opens (1939).
1940
Gets married.
1941
Completes his Doctor of Science degree with his 'Zoogeographical Studies of the Tsugitaka Mountains'. He also published his book Yama to Kumo to Bannin to ‘Aboriginal People of the High Mountains’.
The Pacific War breaks out.
1942
Temporarily joins the army and goes to Manila. Maintains the academic materials of organizations such as the University of the Philippines and the National Museum of Manila.
1943
Returns to Japan and reports his research results.
1944
Sent by the army to north Borneo.
1945
Contact with KANO Tadao ceases. The first volume of Taiwan Genjyumin Zufu ‘Illustrated Ethnography of Formosan Aborigines: The Yami Tribe’ is published, co-authored by SEGAWA Kokichi.
The end of The Pacific War.
1946
The first volume of his collected papers is published. Tonanajia Minzokugaku Senshigaku Kenkyu ‘Studies in the Ethnology and Prehistory of Southeast Asia’
1952
The second volume of his collected papers is published. Tonanajia Minzokugaku Senshigaku Kenkyu ‘Studies in the Ethnology and Prehistory of Southeast Asia’