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Let’s read newspaper-Contents of The Taiwan Shinminpo and Kounan Shinbun

The Taiwan Minpao, The Taiwan Shinminpo and the subsequent Kounan Shinbun (Kounan News) constituted the newspaper series published between April 1923 and March 1944. However, surviving copies of the daily published since 1932 were few. In view of the importance of this newspaper series, the Institute of Taiwan History began gathering remaining copies both in Taiwan and abroad, and discovered an exclusive collection of The Taiwan Shinminpo (1938-1941). The newspapers carried diverse contents, including political and economic affairs, local news, arts and new knowledge, which are rare and precious historical materials for research on Taiwan history during World War II.

Reviewing the daily newspapers published since April 1932, this article attempts to elucidate the layout format and language use as well as main contents and subject matters covered in the columns. Moreover, it further analyzes the particularity and variations in choice of contents as time evolved and the environment changed. This article provides an in-depth introduction to this newspaper of the Taiwanese, and invites you to read the newspaper and revisit major and minor happenings of Taiwan past.

IV. Conclusion

Through viewing the precious historic materials left by the Qing official Shen Bao-zhen, the Hsu family enterprise Qian-he hao in Lugang, and the Chen family enterprise Tai-yi Hou in Nagasaki, we can glimpse the old capital of Tainanfu starting in the seventh century; the prosperous city of Lugang, which traded with Quanzhou, busy business center Bangkah which traded with Xiamen and Nagasaki. Tainanfu, Lugang and Bangkah not only witness the history of economic development in Taiwan, but also reflect Taiwan’s crucial role in East Asia.

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