09/28 (Thu)

Opening Hours 9:00-17:00

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.

Archives Retrieval

For many years, the Archives of Institute of Taiwan History has put in a great deal of effort to collect and preserve important archives and historical materials. For the sake of accessing archives and supporting academic research, the Archives established Taiwan Archival Information System, which has compiled different archives such as folk papers, personal and family records, and governmental and individual archives for the past 20 years. The online catalog of archives is open. The ITH Archives welcomes people to search online or to visit the Reading Room to retrieve documents in person.

The Reading Room is open to people aged 18 and older. The Archives of ITH is open from 9:00 to 17:00 with no break at noon from Monday to Friday and closed on weekends and national holidays.

Our archives are kept in closed stacks. In light of the difference in data form, collecting agreements, copyright law and other regulatory restrictions, the archives are classified into three types according to access level: viewing and transcribing in ITH Archives, viewing and printing in ITH Archives and online viewing and printing without limitations. Readers who intend to access the archives have to register an account on Taiwan Archival Information System (TAIS) first. After logging in TAIS, readers can identify access level of archives by the field named “Alternative Form Available” which is under the “Series“ hierarchy.

If you would like to access the archives at ITH personally, please send the “Archives Retrieval Application Form” to our e-mail address two days prior to your visit. We would not inform you when your requested archive is prepared. Please come to ITH Archives Reading Room on time according to your appointment. Our staff will assist you to access the archives upon your request. The procedure for archives retrieval usually takes 20 to 30 minutes.

The terms of use are mentioned above. Please refer to the “Archives Reading Policy in the Archives of Institute of Taiwan History, Academia, Sinica” for more details. If you have further questions or requests, please feel free to contact us.

Archives Reading Policy in the Archives of Institute of Taiwan History 38.08 KB

11F., South Wing, Building for Humanities and Social Sciences, 128, Sec. 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist., Taipei City 11529,
Taiwan Tel: +886-2-2652-5181 Fax: +886-2-2652-5184 【Contact us
Copyright © 2010 Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica. All Rights Reserved