Taiwan News: Unlocking the Past: Digital Archives Illuminate Taiwan’s History. “When we flip through photo albums from our childhood days, the pictures call up memories both bitter and sweet. Those experiences shaped the people we have become. If we extend this notion back by 30, 50, or 100 years to images of the places where we and our families have lived, will we not find clues to the living conditions and historical events that our parents and grandparents experienced, and discover the elements that have molded the era in which we live today?”
Focus Taiwan: Traditional herbal formula lauded as effective treatment for COVID-19. “Taipei, April 22 (CNA) A traditional herbal formula developed in Taiwan, known as Taiwan Chingguan Yihau (NRICM101), can be considered to be an effective treatment for COVID-19 patients, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctors said Friday. Huang Yi-chia (黃怡嘉), a TCM doctor from Tri-Service General Hospital, said her hospital has prescribed NRICM101 to more than 200 COVID-19 patients since it obtained emergency use authorization in Taiwan in May 2020.”
Reuters: Taiwan puppeteers look to NFTs to keep their art alive. “A group of Taiwanese puppeteers are looking to use non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, to help bring their traditional art form into the modern era and keep it relevant for a new audience.”
Tapei Times: Control Yuan to investigate mass data loss at PTS . “Two Control Yuan members are to investigate the deletion of about 424,000 news clips at Public Television Service (PTS), in an incident that exposed cybersecurity issues at government agencies. PTS on Tuesday said that a contractor on Feb. 8 mistakenly deleted news clips produced between 2017 and January from its digital archive. Although more than 320,000 clips were recovered by Friday last week, nearly 80,000 were lost, the network said.”
Taipei Times: New Web site sheds light on cultural history. “The Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank… curates people’s recollections and historic documentation in words, images, artifacts, audiovisual assets and other media to reconstruct Taiwan’s historical eras, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the memories are collected and introduced to the world on the Web site.” The site is in Chinese but translates okay for the most part, except for a couple of places where Chinese writing is part of a graphic and not translated.
BusinessWire: MOC Elevates Tea Industry through Cultural Approaches (PRESS RELEASE). “To preserve Taiwan’s tea culture systematically, the Ministry of Culture launched the Improving Tea Industry through Cultural Approaches project, utilizing digital preservation and value-added application methods to plan a tea cultural route for the public. In 2019, the project has registered a total of 2,036 data relating to tea industry, spanning tea manufacturing equipment, tea plant varieties, cultivation, and tea diseases. It has also collected information and documents on tea activities, tea factories, and tea shops, as well as authors and researchers engaging in tea culture and studies.” I did not see an English version of the content available at the link provided.
BusinessWire: Collective Memories of Golden Years: Highlights from the 1950s to 1960s Taiwan (PRESS RELEASE). “In response to the Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank project, the Central News Agency established a digital archive to presents the history of Taiwan since 1949, the year when the Republic of China government retreated to Taiwan, to 1960. Titled ‘Golden Years of Taiwan: 1949-1960,’ the digital archive offers glimpses of the development of Taiwan’s diverse cultures, major industries, and public infrastructure, as well as key events over the decade.” I did not see an English option, and Google did not prompt me to translate. I put it in Google’s Web page translator about five minutes ago and it’s still spinning. Your mileage may vary.
Taiwan News: American shuts down repository of historic photos of Taiwan, selling it for NT$60,000. “An American expat, who managed a massive online collection of vintage photographs of Taiwan since 1995, has shut down the website and is wanting to sell 10,400 historic public domain photos of Taiwan for NT$60,000 (US$1,967) as he prepares to leave the country.” The heck?
Taipei Times: Culturally important locations to be put on online database. “Culturally significant locations around the nation are to feature on an online map on the government’s ‘Taiwan Geospatial One Stop Portal’ in a joint effort by the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica and the Ministry of the Interior.”