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Travel Literature: Travel Writing during Wartime (1938 - 1944)

The Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, in the years past unearthed a precious collection of the published works in 1938 – 1944 of “Taiwan Shin Min Pao” and its successor “Shing Nan News”, the only newspapers launched by the Taiwanese during the colonial rule of Japan. This piece goes through a selection of the accounts of travel that are of interest and, with the descriptions given by travelers from Taiwan and Japan to be complemented by such colorful collections as photographs, travel tickets, old papers, postcards and others, it invites you to read through the tracks of the travelers in question over tens of thousands of miles across Beijing, Manchukuo, the United States, Germany, Burma and Vietnam and discover the landscapes around a turbulent world in the midst of war from nearly a hundred years ago and the heart-felt worldviews of the travelers.

A scrivener notary with an entrepreneurial mind-set: The Shun Chianghuai Collection is now available via the Taiwan Archival Information System

The newly released Shun Chianghuai Collection is one of our most interesting documentary collections in recent years.

Shun Chianghuai (1907-2013) lived his life to the fullest. During the period of Japanese rule he was not merely a judicial and administrative scrivener notary, he also actively engaged in business management and public affairs in his local community. In the post-war years he took up a position as a committee member of the Justice Protection Commission and Meditation Committee. After Shun retired he devoted much of his energy to Taiwanese history, working with historians and sharing his life experiences with them.

Shun Chianghuai donated his collection to the Institute in May 2007. This collection contains historical records of escrow, commerce, local events, and details of Shun’s private life. The collection includes an extensive and varied range of materials which offer insight into the Taiwanese legal system, local history (particularly of the Shanhua region), and business and management in the region under Japanese rule and during the post-war years (1922-1978). In October 2008 some distinctive photographs and documents were carefully selected and displayed as part of our special exhibition about Shun Chianghuai.

Shun’s collection provides a rich resource for those studying the private, family, and social history of the Shanhua region. This wealth of information chronicles the development of the legal system and local commerce under different regimes, and throughout this historical period. The entire catalogue has been completed and released via the Taiwan Archival Information System. With a total of 2,390 files, these records are classified into 4 categories: family files, escrow files, commercial management files, and family photos. The photos are available online and the original paper documents are accessible in our reading room. You are welcome to access them online or view the original documents in our archive reading room.

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