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Past Exhibits
Past Exhibits
“Telling Our Stories: Vernacular • Words • Literature” Exhibition

“Telling Our Stories: Vernacular • Words • Literature” Exhibition

What is a “Pe̍h-ōe-jī,” or POJ? What does it mean to use a modified Latin alphabet to represent the Taiwanese? The exhibition features “Pe̍h-ōe-jī,” including units showing “What Is Pe̍h-ōe-jī?“ “The Origins and Development of Pe̍h-ōe-jī,” “The Output of Pe̍h-ōe-jī,” and so on, to elaborate and detail the historical context and remarkable richness of Pe̍h-ōe-jī literature. The exhibits include“fanzi contracts”and Gospel of St. Mathew written in the Sinckan language, the first written language used in Taiwan; Chinese-English Dictionary of the Vernacular or Spoken Language of Amoy, the first Xiamen Dialect-English dictionary by Rev. Carstairs Douglas in 1873; the bronze of Thomas Barclay, who was a missionary to Taiwan, had published the first newspaper ─Taiwan Prefecture City Church News ever in Taiwan in 1875 and actively promoted the Pe̍h-ōe-jī; the first publication printing press (a duplicate) in Taiwan; the Principles and Practice of Nursing, the first medical book being printed in Romanized Taiwanese using the Pe̍h-ōe-jī orthography; the Red-Cover Bible, which had once caused concern for the United Bible Societies; and various vernacular publications, such as poems, essays, novels, plays, and other literary works.. We welcome literature-loving audience to come and together we enjoy the beauty of Taiwan literature.

The exhibition uses an animation to recreate the ambience of singing words to attract the audience into the world of Pe̍h-ōe-jī.
Figure 1 The exhibition uses an animation to recreate the ambience of singing words to attract the audience into the world of Pe̍h-ōe-jī.

The history of promoting and dissemination of church publications is being recounted at the recreated old site of Taiwan Church News.
Figure 2 The history of promoting and dissemination of church publications is being recounted at the recreated old site of Taiwan Church News.

The promotion of Pe̍h-ōe-jī within the church drove the wider development of Pe̍h-ōe-jī.
Figure 3 The promotion of Pe̍h-ōe-jī within the church drove the wider development of Pe̍h-ōe-jī.

Date: 2015-08-18~2016-01-06

Venue: Exhibition Room B

Last Updated on 2016-08-05
 
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