headhonchoII wrote:I also read that a bunch of Dutch from Tainan area ended up settling in Alishan area as they were friendly with the tribes from there. But it couldn't have been very many. Im starting to lean towards at least some of the red hair being Melanesian origin...which remains in the han and later aboriginal population. So many people claiming a Dutch great grandmother just doesn't hold up..it would have to WAY back. I read another estimate that there were only 200,000 people in Taiwan at that time and Dutch accounted for 0.5% of the population so MAYBE they could
Have a bigger effect through the years from being part of a founder population, especially given women weren't free to migrate to Taiwan for a long time.
As for 'Caucasian features'..they could be from some of the aboriginal tribes, Dutch, random intermixing through the centuries and also from more recent mainland Chinese who have more diverse heritage.
Dutch lineage is insignificant in Taiwan. Personally I've known only two(2) Taiwanese persons (both are my friends around my age) with caucasian features. However the strangest thing happened 3 days ago. My mother was chatting with me about her growing up. She said her Grandpa "looked Dutch." She's in her 60s now and I've never heard such a thing by her or anyone her side of family until 3 days ago. It suspect it is a kind suppressed memory, or it simply wasn't something that she thought was worth mentioning
My mom lived with her grandpa in the same household until college. Her knowledge of geography and history is close to zero but she's not old enough yet to be talking nonsense. Her grandpa would have been born in the 1890s.