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Visiting the Dadaocheng Customers of Tai-yi-hou in Nagasaki through Time Traveling
The Chinese enterprise Tai-yi-hou in Nagasaki, one of the figures in Traveling in Time Exhibition, was established in the beginning of the 20th century. Its commercial trade network crossed East-Asia including the treaty ports in Vladivostok, Korean Peninsula, coastline of China, Taiwan, Luzon, Malay Peninsula, etc. Tai-yi-hou’s customers were mainly Chinese merchants in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Since Taiwan became the colony of Japan in 1895, the Japanese Government proactively increased economic and trade relationships between Japan and Taiwan. Within this context, Tai-yi-hou gained the upper hand in expanding its business to Taiwan with its advantageous location, language and culture. Among all Tai-yi-hou Papers, approximately 17,000 commercial letters sent from Taiwan were preserved until today, and around 10,000 of which were sent from stores in Dadaocheng.
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Invitation: 2019 Open House Activities in the Institute of Taiwan History on October 26
2019-10-14

This year Academia Sinica hosts thematic exhibitions of Black Hole. The Institute of Taiwan History also features fascinating exhibits and interactive games for our audience. Don’t miss the chance to participate in the fun activities!

We select trade letters related to Chinese herbal medicine from the significant archives: Tai-yi Hao Papers of Nagasaki (1889-1959). Our exhibition, Kang, Tai, Jian, yi—Taipei Commercial Letters Related to Chinese Herbal Medicine, features correspondence between Tai-yi Hao and stores in Taipei. It presents the import process of the herbal medicine, such as American ginseng, edible bird's nest from Thailand and Vietnam, Korean ginseng, snow fungus, and Kanto velvet antler. The medicine was displayed in shop windows in Dadaocheng, attracting customers to buy for recovering from or preventing illness. Furthermore, our professional guide will introduce historical context and interesting stories of the commercial letters to help you figure out related questions.

In addition, our interactive activities include inviting the audience to play a computer game. The player will be a staff member of Tai-yi Hao. After completing the tasks of arranging goods in the shop and storehouse, you will receive a limited gift!

The activity will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the 8th floor in the North Wing of Humanities and Social Sciences Building. Come to visit the Institute of Taiwan History and explore our exhibition! Don’t pass up the chance to learn more about Taiwan history or you may wait for another year!


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