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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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2019 Academia Sinica Open House Day was Successfully Concluded!
2019-10-31

On the Open House Day, the Institute of Taiwan History selected trade letters related to Chinese herbal medicine from the significant archives: Tai-yi Hao Papers of Nagasaki (1889-1959). The exhibition, Kang, Tai, Yi, Shou—Taipei Commercial Letters Related to Chinese Herbal Medicine, featured correspondence between Tai-yi Hao and stores in Taipei. It presented 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 had been displayed in shop windows in Dadaocheng in the colonial period, attracting customers to buy for recovering from or preventing illness.

Except for the profound exhibitions, our interactive activity was inviting the audience to play a computer game. In this game, the player would be a staff member of Tai-yi Hao. They had to arrange goods in the storehouse and identify the Suzhou codes in time to complete the challenges. Many audiences gave feedback on this game and said “it is intellectual and enjoyable.”

   
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