“My Fantasy Book Rental Store”

  • 22 July, 2018
  • jvantrieste
Time Traveler

For generations, Taiwanese people looking for entertainment had to look no further than their local book rental shop. Through decades with no internet and with few TV or movie options, and during a time in Taiwan’s past when money was tight and books pricey, these shops offered a way to take a good read home at an affordable price. While mentioning the titles of books these shops once offered may get you blank looks from younger people, there are still plenty of people who will react warmly, reminded of characters they met during leisurely hours of reading long ago. The nostalgia of these shops is captured well in "My Fantasy Book Rental Store", a recently opened exhibition at the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan. Joining us on the line today to introduce the exhibit is museum curator Liu Wei-ying.