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Cross-Boundary Dream Pursuers: Taiwanese Painters’ Trajectories in Foreign Countries during the Japanese Colonial Period

On the Open House day in 2018, the Archives of the Institute of Taiwan History featured an exhibition, Travel Memories II—Taiwanese Painters’ Landscape Sketches, from digital records collected by the Archives in recent years. This exhibition selected four Taiwanese painters, Yen Shui-long, Liu Chi-hsiang, Chen Cheng-po, and Kuo Hsueh-hu, by presenting the records of their passports, certificates, photographs, correspondence, and paintings and exploring their life experiences of practicing goals, embarking on adventures abroad, and contributing to society. Let us trace the senior painters’ paths of crossing borders and pursuing dreams by appreciating these precious records and the abundant colors in their paintings!

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IV. Archival Material Retrieval Services

On July 15, 1987, former president Chiang Ching-kuo finally declared that the 38-years, 56-day Taiwan Martial Law was lifted. 2017 was the 70th anniversary of the February 28 Incident and also marked 30 years since martial law was lifted. Although most of the people who lived through those years are old or have passed away, the wounds from the massacre have not healed, and continues to influence generations. With the development of democracy in Taiwan, the February 28 Incident and White Terror are not forbidden topics anymore. However, efforts are still needed to reveal the true history of the events. Through archives acquisition, disclosure, and investigation, researchers are gradually unveiling the concealed truth that was muted under martial law. The Institute of Taiwan History makes efforts to investigate the truth of the February 28 Incident, such as acquiring and publishing related historical materials, and holds conferences as “New Materials and Research on the February 28 Incident” and “Commemorating the February 28 Incident of 1947: A 70-year Retrospective.”

For more information about Institutional Archives and Personal Papers, please refer to the Taiwan Archival Information System.


For full-texts and annotated diaries, please refer to the Taiwan Diary Knowledge Bank.


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