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Let’s read newspaper-Contents of The Taiwan Shinminpo and Kounan Shinbun

The Taiwan Minpao, The Taiwan Shinminpo and the subsequent Kounan Shinbun (Kounan News) constituted the newspaper series published between April 1923 and March 1944. However, surviving copies of the daily published since 1932 were few. In view of the importance of this newspaper series, the Institute of Taiwan History began gathering remaining copies both in Taiwan and abroad, and discovered an exclusive collection of The Taiwan Shinminpo (1938-1941). The newspapers carried diverse contents, including political and economic affairs, local news, arts and new knowledge, which are rare and precious historical materials for research on Taiwan history during World War II.

Reviewing the daily newspapers published since April 1932, this article attempts to elucidate the layout format and language use as well as main contents and subject matters covered in the columns. Moreover, it further analyzes the particularity and variations in choice of contents as time evolved and the environment changed. This article provides an in-depth introduction to this newspaper of the Taiwanese, and invites you to read the newspaper and revisit major and minor happenings of Taiwan past.

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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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