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100 Years of Taiwanese Voice & 30th Anniversary of ITH

The 30th anniversary of the ITH coincides in 2023 with the centennial of the launching of ‘Taiwan Minpao.’ Both institutions are important milestones for the people of Taiwan coming into the process of exercising their self-awareness, voicing their opinions accordingly and forging a consensus around the issue. With ‘100 Years of Taiwanese Voice’ and ‘30th Anniversary of ITH’ as focal points, the exhibition makes use of specially selected diaries, newspapers, old books, manuscripts and photographs retracing the 1920s and how contemporary Taiwanese popularized ideas by means of the press, thereby sowing the seeds of conviction for change. The founding and subsequent development of the ITH help to explore Taiwan’s journey from the yoke of martial law to the state of diversity as well as the evolution of Taiwanese history from a marginal academic discipline to a new frontier in mainstream academic research.

V. Conclusion

Establishment of modern medical education during the Japanese colonial period transformed health knowledge and the public doctor system in Taiwan. Doctors who received Western medical education replaced those practicing traditional Chinese medicine, and became the people’s first choice when they needed treatment. Furthermore, many doctors became leaders in their communities because of their high social status.

As a noted medical training institution, there is no doubt that many brilliant students in Taiwan aim to study at the School of Medicine of National Taiwan University. The establishment of modern medicine presents an approach of modernization in Taiwan. Moreover, every doctor’s life story is intimately tied to the island. The Wu Xin-rong Papers, Guo Qiu-cai Papers, Liu Chuan-lai Papers, Ye Sheng-ji Papers, Chen Zhong-tong Papers, Records of Manchuria Medical University, and the yearbook of Taihoku Medical College collected in the Education Records are first hand records on Taiwanese doctors’ life stories. In addition, these records are witness to the history of medical and social developments in Taiwan.

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