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Short biography

Grace I-An Gao (BA National Taiwan University; MA University of Helsinki) is a PhD candidate at the Doctoral Programme in Political, Societal and Regional Change at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki. Her research concerns how long-term care system accommodates aging Indigenous Peoples’ cultural and self-government claims, using Taiwan and Finland as cases. During her BA, Grace has visited Peking University as student representative from political science department at the National Taiwan University. During her MA, Grace has worked as an intern at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Center in Rovaniemi and as a collaborative researcher at National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taipei. For four years, she has been actively participating United Nations Permanent Forum on the Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) as NGO delegate from Taiwan Indigenous Peoples. She is currently a grantee of Finnish Cultural Foundation (2017-2018) for the topic alkuperäiskansojen vanhustenhoitoa Suomessa ja Taiwanissa käsittelevään väitöskirjatyöhön.

Research interests

Indigenous peoples, self-determination, social rights, cultural rights, social and health care, long-term care, Tayal, Sámi

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