Pan Jin-yu

Pan Jin-yu
Born Pan Jin-yu
(1914-07-21)July 21, 1914
Sukan daudun, Puli, Nantou, Taiwan
Died October 24, 2010(2010-10-24) (aged 96)
Puli Christian Hospital, Puli, Nantou, Taiwan[1]
Residence Puli, Nantou, Taichung, Taiwan
Nationality Taiwan
Ethnicity Pazeh
Education Nursing school
Height 156cm
Religion Christian

Pan Jin-yu (Chinese: 潘金玉, July 21, 1914 – October 24, 2010) was the last remaining speaker of the Pazeh language of Taiwan. She was born the fifth of six children in 1914 to Kaxabu parents in Puli. Later, she was adopted by parents who were Pazeh speakers living in Auran village (Taiwanese: Ailan), which is now part of Puli township.[2] She was said to be fully fluent in the language, despite being the only remaining speaker.[3] However, Taiwanese Hokkien was the living language she spoke generally. She taught Pazeh classes to about 200 regular students in Puli and there were also classes with fewer students in Miaoli and Taichung.[4]


External links

  • YouTube
  • The secret of Formosan languages (Program clip including exclusive interviews with Pan Jin-yu) (Chinese)
  • The Last Speakers (including Pan Jin-yu photo; Pazih language, Taiwan)
  • YouTube (Tata Pan Jin-yu in this film with Prof. Li Ren-gui/李壬癸/)
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