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Visiting the Dadaocheng Customers of Tai-yi-hou in Nagasaki through Time Traveling
The Chinese enterprise Tai-yi-hou in Nagasaki, one of the figures in Traveling in Time Exhibition, was established in the beginning of the 20th century. Its commercial trade network crossed East-Asia including the treaty ports in Vladivostok, Korean Peninsula, coastline of China, Taiwan, Luzon, Malay Peninsula, etc. Tai-yi-hou’s customers were mainly Chinese merchants in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Since Taiwan became the colony of Japan in 1895, the Japanese Government proactively increased economic and trade relationships between Japan and Taiwan. Within this context, Tai-yi-hou gained the upper hand in expanding its business to Taiwan with its advantageous location, language and culture. Among all Tai-yi-hou Papers, approximately 17,000 commercial letters sent from Taiwan were preserved until today, and around 10,000 of which were sent from stores in Dadaocheng.
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V. Archives and Publications Related to Taiwan Art in the ITH Archives

When Taiwanese artists cross boundaries, they not only create paintings in different world views but also reflect on the values of their roots. Whether in the art paradise of Paris or in the cosmopolitan Shanghai, these artists were inspired by foreign cultures and abundant art trends. Base on the firm foundation of art training, they boldly exploited their potential and developed wider dimensions of their own creating styles, adding various themes and stimuli to the development of Taiwan art. Regardless of whether they went back to Taiwan or stayed abroad after finishing their training, these artists kept referring the natural and cultural spirit of their country through artwork, continually promoting the arts and cultures of Taiwan.

In recent years, the ITH Archives has digitized and cataloged Taiwan senior artists’ records and artworks in order to support academic research in art history and preserve cultural heritages of Taiwan. The Chen Cheng-po Painting and Papers, Yen Shui-long Painting and Papers, Chen Zhi-qi Painting and Papers, Pu Tian-sheng Sculptures and Papers have been opened in sequence. In addition, the ITH Archives has also digitized related records stored by sponsors and other collectors. Through investigating these works of art and abundant historical materials, the dimensions of Taiwan’s art history research and discourse can be better distinguished. The archives and publications related to Taiwan art are listed as follows:

I. Artists’ Personal Papers
(1) Chen Cheng-po Painting and Papers, Taiwan Archival Information System, opened progressively since 2014.
(2) Yen Shui-long Painting and Papers, Taiwan Archival Information System, opened in 2015.
(3) Chen Zhi-qi Painting and Papers, Taiwan Archival Information System, opened in 2017.
(4) Pu Tian-sheng Sculptures and Papers, Taiwan Archival Information System, opened in 2018.
(5) Liu Chi-hsiang Painting and Papers, currently being cataloged.
(6) Kuo Hsueh-hu Painting and Papers, currently being cataloged.
II. Art Sponsors and Personal Collectors
(1) Yang Zhao-jia Collection: the series of Papers of Supporting Cultural Activities, Taiwan Archival Information System, opened in 2014.
(2) Guo Shuang-fu Collection: the series Monthly Magazine Published by the Tokyo Art School Alumni Association, the series Yen Shui-long's Papers Created in the Craft Research Center in Nantou Collected by Lee Zhen-xiang, Taiwan Archival Information System, opened progressively in 2012. The series of Painting and Calligraphy Collection is currently being cataloged.
(3) Historical Materials Related to Taiwan Studies Collected by Yang Rur-bin: the series of Calligraphy and Ink Painting Created by Japanese in Taiwan, the series of Calligraphy and Ink Painting Created by Han Taiwanese, Taiwan Archival Information System, opened progressively since 2018.
III. Publication Related to Taiwan Art
Hsieh Kuo-hsing , Wang Li-chiao, eds. A Selection of Chen Zhi-qi Painting and Papers. Taipei: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, 2017.

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