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The Taiwan Shinminpo News Special – Opening of Hualien Port, 1939

The Taiwan Shinminpo and its related newspaper series were the only newspapers published by the Taiwanese during the Japanese colonial era. Among the contents, in-depth special reports on places, events and people are very important historical materials for studies on family histories and local regions. The Institute of Taiwan History has collected almost a hundred local news specials, covering topics such as economy and industry, infrastructure, cultural history, and school education. The issues presented include banana production and industrial economic trends, major infrastructure completion and current political situation, upgrade of towns and villages, rail service resumption and local development. The Taiwan Shinminpo carried what might not be described or documented in regular publications, such as local cultural characteristics and industrial histories, which were precious records for understanding our homeland. With the reference to the news special “Commemorative Special on Opening of Hualien Port” published in The Taiwan Shinminpo on October 1-2, 1939 and other archival collections of Institute of Taiwan History, this article focuses on the completion and opening of Hualien Port in 1939, detailing the construction process and its impact during the Japanese colonial era.

"Taiwan Provincial Interim Assembly Records" Now Online
A total of 322 files in the collection “Taiwan Provincial Interim Assembly Records” can be accessed through the “Taiwan Archival Information System” now.
Taiwan Provincial Interim Assembly was established on December 11th, 1951, and ended on June 23rd, 1959. During this period, it played an important role in carrying out government policies, such as implementing local self-government and land reform policies, protecting women’s rights, extending the length of compulsory education, maintaining democracy and rule of law, fighting for legislative immunities, and paying attention to aboriginal rights. This collection is composed of official documents, letters, notices, petitions etc. It is great resource for research on the development of democracy and politics in Taiwan during the Martial Law Period. 

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