Plunging into the Depths of history, Academia Sinica Displays Archives Covering a Century of Taiwanese Women’s HistoryReturn
TELDAP e-Newsletter (August, 2011)
Plunging into the Depths of history, Academia Sinica Displays Archives Covering a Century of Taiwanese Women’s History
Academia Sinica/The Archives of the Institute of Taiwan History
Ms. Du Shu-chun, daughter of Mr. Du Cong-Ming, visits the Academia Sinica “Her Story in Taiwan Special Exhibition “
Do you recall the disputes of an individual or family in the eddies of time portrayed by the Japanese author Yamazaki Toyoko? In fact, in rainy, sand- touched, beautiful Taiwan, the century of “women’s” history from the Qing Dynasty and the Japanese Colonial Period to this day onward possesses a similar moving profundity. In the Academia Sinica Institute of Taiwanese History, the “Her Story in Taiwan Special Exhibition” has been specially prepared to celebrate Taiwanese women’s history over the nation- building of the past century, and should certainly not be missed by anyone with an interest in Taiwanese history or gender issues!
At the exhibition’s opening ceremony, The Institute of Taiwanese History specially invited many of those who had provided the archives to share their own personal histories with visitors. They included Ms. Du Shu-chun, the first female Taiwanese student of Taipei Imperial University, who shared stories of her and her father in the Japanese Colonial Period. Professor Guo Mei-ru, a professor in the National Taiwan University’s Department of Music and daughter- in-law of the famous musician Ms. Gao Ci-mei, also told those in attendance how Ms. Gao had made a tour of Taiwan after the 1935 earthquake, playing 33 concerts in the hope of raising money for those affected to comfort the masses; Professor Guo also related that after the great March 11 earthquake in Japan, she was deeply moved by news images of a disaster victim looking for their family amidst theruins. She was gratified that files related to Ms. Gao Ci-mei had already been archived by Academia Sinica and could come to be of use to those tracing the old Taiwan of the 20th century.
In order to show another face of Taiwanese women of the last century not shown in the history books, the Exhibition includes diaries, passports, books, contracts and other materials which are not publically available. It narrates the process of how Taiwanese women broke away from the conservative atmosphere of traditional Han society through education and other means, obtaining knowledge of and skills related to the world, until they finally entered the public sphere, began making contributions to society, and lived their own lives. Through this exhibition, visitors can look at the personal histories of Taiwanese women, including the women of the Lin family of Wufeng, and other women from important Taiwanese families, and share in a little of the lives of Taiwanese women in the 20th century. What’s more, Du Shu-chun’s appreciation of every item on display left people yet more touched by the flow of history.
Xu Xue-ji, Head of the Academia Sinica Institute of Taiwanese History, said that she was extremely thankful to Ms. Du Shu-chun, Ms. Lin Fang-ying, Yang Huang-mei, Cai Zhen-Yi, Ms. Gao Yue-ru, and Ms. Lin Xiang-min for sharing their precious experiences and artifacts with society, and also that more members of the public would be welcome to work with the Institute of Taiwanese History in building an ark for the preservation of Taiwanese history. Academician Chen Yong-fa of the Academia Sinica The Archives of the Institute of Taiwan History also said that files and materials which were formerly very difficult for the public to access will have more chance to come into contact with the public in future now they have been digitally archived.
The small but perfectly- formed Academia Sinica A Century of Taiwanese Women’ s Archives Special Exhibitionwill be on display on working days on second floor of the Academia Sinica Joint Humanities and Social Sciences Library until the 31st of October 2011. Institutional Projects at Academia Sinica will also provide an advance tour- booking service and welcomes any school groups who might wish to register.
Exhibition dates: 29th of March 2011 (Tuesday) until 31st of October 2011 (Monday)
Opening hours: Monday- Friday, 9:00-17:00
Address: 2nd floor Academia Sinica Joint Humanities and Social Sciences Library, 128, Section 2, Yanjiuyuan Road, Nangang, Taipei
Organizing unit:Institutional Projects at Academia Sinica
Implementing unit: Academia Sinica Institute of Taiwanese History
Taiwanese Precious Historical Material Digital Archive and Value- Added Application Program
Supporting Units: Digital Archive Technological Development Group, Academia Sinica Computer Center Multimedia Development Group
Academia Sinica Institute of Taiwanese History: http://www.ith.sinica.edu.tw/index-en.php
Academia Sinica Digital Resources:http://digiarch.sinica.edu.tw/en_index.jsp
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Issue：TELDAP e-Newsletter (August, 2011) Publish Date：08/15 /2011 First Issue：02/15 /2007（Published on 15th every 2 months）
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