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INTERVIEW: Taiwanese history needs space, collector says

NEW HOME:Lin Yu-fang, who donated his historical collection, said young people were paying more attention to Taiwanese history, but public museums still largely ignored it

By Yang Yuan-ting and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Cheng, whose father supported Zhu Jinjian, the claimant to the Ming throne at the time, founded the Kingdom of Tungning on Taiwan after defeating the Dutch. Taiwan would not fall under Qing rule until 1681.

The Formosa Vintage Museum Cafe also collected souvenirs and mementos from private companies, as well as registered marks and plaques from the then-Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Public Sales Depot and the organization that later became Taiwan Power Co.

During the highly politicized transition from Japanese colonial rule to the Nationalist government, state-owned businesses did not pay much attach great value to documents or paperwork from the Japanese era, Lin said, adding that he had bought most of these documents from second-hand bookstores.

While he was reluctant to part with his collection, Lin has either donated or loaned his collection, which is estimated to value NT$1 billion (US$32.9 million), to the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan.

Lin said he is hopeful, as a growing number of young people are now paying attention to their own history and culture, but added that he is still saddened about the complete absence of Taiwanese history from public museums such as the National Palace Museum.

“I truly wish that the government would give Taiwanese cultural relics a place,” Lin said.

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