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Her History in Taiwan
The Archives of the Institute of Taiwan History (ITH) at Academia Sinica holds a wide variety of historical sources pertaining to women of Taiwan; these materials date back to the Qing dynasty and can be examined from three aspects— “Traditional Women,” “Transition of Fate,” and “Self Expression.” They illustrate how Taiwanese women emerged from traditional family to modern job market and social activities with activism and independence.The collections of marriage documents, contracts, photographs, diaries, and personal documents presented here are selected from the digital archives of the ITH.
7 New Periodicals Now Available Online

7 new periodicals published during the Japanese ruling era are recently added into our database of Rare Book Collections. More than 6,000 essays and 14,000 digital images are now available in our online system. Topics include agroforestry technology and researches, policies and regulations, as well as the use of industrial resources. Following is an overview of these periodicals.


Agriculture and Economy

Agriculture and Economy was published monthly by Agriculture and Economy Press from April 1934 to December 1943. During this period, rural economy in Japan still faced many difficulties although the agricultural technology was developing and related education was spreading. Based on the belief that rural communities play an essential role in establishing a strong country and a solid foundation for the society, Agriculture and Economy attempted to address the agricultural problems with professional analysis, consisting of researches, overseas reports, and farming-related literature, etc. As the WWII broke out, the focus of this journal switched to ensure grain yield, and issues of increasing food production in Taiwan and Korea were also covered.


Agriculture in Taiwan: Comprehensive Guidance on Agriculture and Forestry

Agriculture in Taiwan: Comprehensive Guidance on Agriculture and Forestry was published by Taiwan Agriculture Association between January 1944 and February 1945. It was the only guidance published for agroforestry under the official publication integration policy of the Taiwan Government-General Office. The goal of this periodical is to introduce and instruct administrative measures of the colonial authority and national policy of Japan to the frontline instructors in farming villages. The contents include technical information on technology of agroforestry resources production, investigation of agricultural and forest industry in Taiwan and Southeast, as well as related regulations.


Forestation Report

Forestation Report is a monthly publication issued by the Forestation Station of Taiwan Government-General Office in 1935, the 40th anniversary of Japanese administration in Taiwan. The colonial authority held a series of extensive celebration activities, including the Taiwan Expo, throughout the island to demonstrate the achievement of colonial rule as well as the rise of Taiwanese cultural industry. Meanwhile, the Forestation Station of Taiwan Government-General Office also wanted to propose a staged-plan for forestation development to further afforestation movement, turn the wasteland into useful forests, and enhance the domestic as well as international recognition of Taiwan's timber value. As a result, this periodical was initiated for the purpose of promoting relevant business and penetrating policies, and the contents comprise pertinent reports and news, general development of various institutes, rules and regulations, and even poetry, adding an artistic taste to this professional journal.


Taiwan Sugar Experiment Station Report

Taiwan Sugar Experiment Station Report was published by the Taiwan Sugar Experiment Station. After taking over Taiwan, Japan was dedicated in developing sugar industry, introducing new species of canes and establishing the Taiwan Sugar Research Institute in Tainan to do scientific research. There were 6 departments in the institute: breeding, cultivation, nutrition, protection, chemicals, and by-products, and this publication presents the achievement of these departments. Issue 5 contained in the database is mainly on the research papers about cane.



Taiwan Resources

Taiwan Resources was compiled by the Investigation Division of Taiwan Governor-General Office's Cabinet in 1937. In order to effectively control and use the unique resources in Taiwan, the Investigation Division launched a large-scale project to examine Taiwan's indigenous resources, including industrial and transport fields. Management and application measures were also being planned for the implementation of policies. This publication collected a wide range of researches with an attitude of originality, accuracy, and swiftness. In addition to the documents of the Investigation Division, personal studies, relevant technical advice, and surveys of non-governmental organizations are all included as well.


The Times Magazine

The Times Magazine was issued monthly by Kaizōsha from January 1942 to October 1943. Kaizōsha was a renowned publisher during Taisho through mid-Showa period. It started publishing this magazine as a substitute for Transformation, an influential magazine that was suspended due to its 30 editors being prosecuted and put into jail under the strict wartime censorship enforced by the Japanese authority. With contribution from well-known writers such as Hino Ashihei, contents of The Times Magazine included propaganda articles, warfare, and wartime policy advocacy.




Society for National Policy

Society for National Policy Research Weekly Study Weekly was published by the Society for National Policy Study, established in 1937. The issues available in our database are from January 1941 to July 1944. The objective of this organization was to acquire information on national policy and survey data, publish bulletin and all types of research reports, communicate with a verity of official or private investigation groups, and hold activities like speeches or seminars. The contents of this Society bulletin comprise policies, regulations, and research papers and reports.

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