Tsou people

Tsou people

Tsou youth, pre-1945
Total population
6,169 (2000)
Regions with significant populations
Tsou, Mandarin
Animism, Christianity
Related ethnic groups
Kanakanavu, Saaroa, Taiwanese Aborigines

The Tsou (Chinese: ; pinyin: Zōu; Wade–Giles: Tsou) are an indigenous people of central southern Taiwan. They are spread across three administrative entities of the Republic of China — Nantou County, Chiayi County and Kaohsiung City.

They are sometimes confused with the Thao people of Sun Moon Lake. In the year 2000 the Tsou numbered 6,169. This was approximately 1.6% of Taiwan's total Indigenous population, making them the seventh-largest tribal group.[1]

Famous Tsous

Tsou Leaders Kao Yi-shen (right) and Tang Shou-jen (left) both killed by the ROC in 1954
  • Tang Lanhua (湯蘭花), Taiwanese singer and actress. Her native name is Yurunana Daniiv

See also


  1. ^ Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (DGBAS). National Statistics, Republic of China (Taiwan). Preliminary statistical analysis report of 2000 Population and Housing Census. Excerpted from Table 28:Indigenous population distribution in Taiwan-Fukien Area. Accessed 8/30/06