Tomo (Tomonori) Sugimoto is the postdoctoral associate in the Environmental Humanities of East Asia at Yale University. In this talk he will discuss his work done on Taipei’s rising environmental consciousness and the welcoming of green urbanism, its impact on the indigenous Pangcah/Amis people. Based on his ethnographic research in indigenous communities built on state-owned riverbanks, Sugimoto elucidates how two different understandings of urban nature – “urban nature as a site of middle-class leisure” and “urban nature as a site of dwelling” – came into conflict in this tumultuous period of democratization in Taiwan.
Tomo Sugimoto (Post-doctoral Fellow in the Environmental Humanities)
Council on East Asian Studies