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The Taiwan Shinminpo News Special – Opening of Hualien Port, 1939

The Taiwan Shinminpo and its related newspaper series were the only newspapers published by the Taiwanese during the Japanese colonial era. Among the contents, in-depth special reports on places, events and people are very important historical materials for studies on family histories and local regions. The Institute of Taiwan History has collected almost a hundred local news specials, covering topics such as economy and industry, infrastructure, cultural history, and school education. The issues presented include banana production and industrial economic trends, major infrastructure completion and current political situation, upgrade of towns and villages, rail service resumption and local development. The Taiwan Shinminpo carried what might not be described or documented in regular publications, such as local cultural characteristics and industrial histories, which were precious records for understanding our homeland. With the reference to the news special “Commemorative Special on Opening of Hualien Port” published in The Taiwan Shinminpo on October 1-2, 1939 and other archival collections of Institute of Taiwan History, this article focuses on the completion and opening of Hualien Port in 1939, detailing the construction process and its impact during the Japanese colonial era.

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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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