CultureTime Traveler

In Time Traveler, John Van Trieste takes you back into history. Get to know the events that have a profound impact on Taiwan, and get to know the people and places that made it all happen. So what're you waiting for? Get on the RTI time machine!

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20 January, 2019
English Service

Today, architect Chen Jen-ho is not part of Taiwan's mainstream consciousness. Many people here haven't heard of him. But he likely wouldn't have minded, and for as little as some people know about him, his work had an outsized impact on Taiwan's landscape. Now, a new exhibit at the National Taiwan Museum is trying to bring attention back to this modernist master, whose buildings were functional, everyday affairs but didn't skimp on imagination.

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13 January, 2019
English Service

In 1949, waves of soldiers and their families descended on Taiwan. They had been pushed from their homes in Mainland China, exiled by communist advance. In the end, Taiwan became their home. At first, they'd thought of the housing blocks put up for them as temporary lodgings, but decades later, when it came time to demolish them, it seemed almost a shame. Clusters of these blocks, called military dependents' villages, had become a new kind of community with a unique culture. This week, join a former resident of one of these villages for a tour of a preserved piece of one village in Kaohsiung.

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06 January, 2019
English Service

What's in an education? How has your education made you who you are today? These are questions posed in a new exhibit at the National Museum of Taiwan History. Last week, we got an overview of more than a century of education in Taiwan. But this exhibit doesn't just plod through history. It looks at what children thought about their educations. There are real examples of bored doodles and infractions of uniform rules. And there are also essays on what children decades ago hoped for their futures. Join us again this week for another dive into this exhibit.

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30 December, 2018
English Service

What goes into an education? What should the goals of an education be? Do ideas about education change much over time? These are some questions that may come to mind if you visit a new exhibit at the National Museum of Taiwan History. This exhibit traces the story of modern education in Taiwan- but with a bit of a twist. Join museum curator Chang Ying-chih this week for an overview of more than a hundred year's worth of school days in Taiwan.

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23 December, 2018
English Service

Today we explore one of the finest collections of historic buildings anywhere in Taiwan- the compound of the illustrious Wufeng Lin family. Last week, with one of the family's ninth-generation descendants as our guide, we met some of the family's high-flying ancestors. This week, we meet their legacy- priceless buildings and one of Taiwan's most acclaimed gardens. This isn't just a story of wealth and glory, though. We'll also hear of the disaster that nearly wiped this legacy away.

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