"Something about Maps" (Part Two)

  • 06 May, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

Taiwan has been recorded in centuries’ worth of maps. Each work reflects the cultural background and time period of the mapmaker, and not all of them show Taiwan quite as we know it. All are valuable, though, as pieces of the island’s past. Historic maps of Taiwan are the subject of “Something about Maps”, an ongoing exhibit at the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan. Last week, we heard about a range of maps from the works of seafarers from 17th century Europe to works showing Taiwan under imperial Chinese rule and the precise government maps made during Taiwan’s period as a Japanes colony. We left off the story at the end of WWII, when Japanese rule came to an end. We pick up again this week in the Cold War era, with museum curator and exhibit planner Shih Wen-cheng joining us once again as our guide.