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Taiwan in the Eyes of a Western Traveler--John Thomson’s Footprints in Formosa
John Thomson(1837-1921)is regarded as a pioneering photographer in the 19th century. He traveled to Far East, documenting the portraits, landscapes and eastern cultures profoundly through his lens and these photographs have become precious historical records. Although John Thomson only stayed in Taiwan for a few days, the images and notes he left are valuable historical materials for the research into Taiwan in the 1870s.His story could be comparable to Shen Bao-zhen, one of the figures in 「Traveling in Time」Exhibition. They were the travelers who came to Taiwan in the same time period. Through their stories, we can learn how they interpret Formosa in the 19th century.
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V. Related Publications
  1. Hsu Hsueh-chi ed. Collections of 228 Incident: Historical Materials of Secrets Bureau, Taiwan Branch (Volume 1-3). Taipei: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, 2015-2016.
  2. Hsu Hsueh-chi ed. Selected Newspaper Sources on the 228 Incident (Shanghai, Nanking, Taiwan). Taipei: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, 2016.
  3. Wu Hao-jen ed. The Preliminary Hearing Records of the Peace Act Incident, 1924. Taipei: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, 2016.
  4. Hsu Hsueh-chi ed. A Jail beyond the Prison Wall: Untold Stories by Female Family Members of White Terror Victims. Taipei: Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, 2014-2015.

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