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Cross-Boundary Dream Pursuers: Taiwanese Painters’ Trajectories in Foreign Countries during the Japanese Colonial Period

On the Open House day in 2018, the Archives of the Institute of Taiwan History featured an exhibition, Travel Memories II—Taiwanese Painters’ Landscape Sketches, from digital records collected by the Archives in recent years. This exhibition selected four Taiwanese painters, Yen Shui-long, Liu Chi-hsiang, Chen Cheng-po, and Kuo Hsueh-hu, by presenting the records of their passports, certificates, photographs, correspondence, and paintings and exploring their life experiences of practicing goals, embarking on adventures abroad, and contributing to society. Let us trace the senior painters’ paths of crossing borders and pursuing dreams by appreciating these precious records and the abundant colors in their paintings!

Shao Yu-lin’s Diary (1953-1954) on Taiwan Diary Knowledge Bank now released

Shao Yu-lin (1909-1984), whose pseudonym was Wenbo, was born in Yin Xian, Zhejiang. Shao studied in Japan in his early years. After his graduation from Kyushu Imperial University and the graduate school of Tokyo Imperial University, he went back to Republic of China and had held the position of chief in the Soviet–Japanese Section of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, consul general of R.O.C in Yokohama, director general of Intelligence Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Military Affairs Commission’s representative in Korea. After he returned to Taiwan, he served as a national policy advisor to the president, and the chief of Policy Research Institute of Office of the President. In 1957, he was appointed ambassador to Turkey. He went back to Taiwan in 1964 and served as a consultant in Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also had been the director of Institute of Japanese Studies in Chinese Culture College.

Shao Yu-lin left 10 volumes of diaries which were written in 1953-1957, 1966, 1971-1975. The content of his diaries has been interpreted and transcribed verbatim. Shao Yu-lin’s Diary would be uploaded to Taiwan Diary Knowledge Bank after Dr. Hsieh Kuo-hsing, the director of Institute of Taiwan History, reviewed the full-text transcription and the interpretation. Now Volume I of Shao’s Diary (1953-1954) is released and it contains 37 pages and about 30,000 words. The following volumes will be scrutinized and open online progressively. We welcome public register an account on Taiwan Diary Knowledge Bank to retrieve the records. Currently, there are 12 personal diaries and 1 organizational journal containing approximately 40,000 pages and 14.3 millions of words.

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