Program of Museum of the Center for Haishan Research – Digital Humanities Expansion Case
As an important institution of higher education in Haishan region (including Sanxia, Yingge, Shulin, Tucheng, Banqiao, Zhonghe, Yonghe, Xinzhuang, Taoyuan Daxi, etc.), National Taipei University hereby plans “Humanistic Exploration and Digital Museum Plan in Haishan research”, establishes digital website, imports the service of virtuality and reality integration, connects physical exhibition area and network exhibition area of permanent exhibition in Museum of the Center for Haishan Research and applies diverse exhibition methods to construct digital resource platform in Haishan research for innovative learning with virtuality and reality integration and interactive experience of learning environment, so as to enhance the transverse connection and resource exchange between the Center for Haishan Research and important social education institution — National Taiwan Library in Haishan region and strengthen the software’s education and promotion function in permanent exhibition space of Museum of the Center for Haishan Research.
Through the implementation of this program, digital archive exhibition and learning field for teaching and research promotion are created. First of all, it can promote the interactive connection between school teaching, research resources and National Taiwan Library and can further set up the long-term and sustainable development cooperation mechanism. Secondly, in terms of teaching and talent cultivation, the historical documents about the development process and humanity history sites in Haishan region are collected, preserved and exhibited, and the treasure house of local teaching, research and cultural and creative resource for schools in each level in Haishan region is constructed. Moreover, as for educational promotion, it can promote the connection between school’s teaching resources and community culture, facilitate the sustainable preservation of local culture, inherit historical memory and provide information for local people to understand the local history and humanity styles to build up cohesive force. Lastly, it can better make Haishan region gradually become the key research field in northern Taiwan.
Interpretation of “Taihoku Prefecture Archive”
The purpose of the Center is “embark from Haishan, take hold in great Taipei, overlook northern Taiwan and prospect for the World”. After the establishment of the Center, it actively promotes both the international cooperation and local cooperation. In 2015, the Center cooperated with “Taiwan Research Center” of Takushoku University to take the research and flexible use of “Taihoku Prefecture Archive” as program focus, proposed transnational joint research program and smoothly obtained the research subsidy from Toshiban Foundation (Japan) with the duration of 3 years (from April, 2016 to March, 2019).
Afterwards, the Center has invited domestic and foreign representative experts and scholars to form the research team and it is planned to complete the following goals gradually from 2016 to 2019:
- Publish Taihoku Prefecture Document Catalog Search and Literature Annotation (including CD) to facilitate the research of Taiwanese and Japanese scholars.
- It is scheduled to invite the scholars from Taiwan, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong in November 2017 to hold the international large-scale seminar entitled “Taihoku Prefecture Archive”.
- The modern science and technology is applied to visualize and actualize part of research outcomes so as to display them in “Museum of the Center for Haishan Research” (Block A, 6F, Library Building, National Taipei University) of the Center.
Now, “Taihoku Prefecture Archive” is the key collection of New Taipei City Library, so it is scheduled to cooperate with New Taipei City Library in the future to jointly publish Taihoku Prefecture Document Catalog Search and Literature Annotation (including CD) and hold international large-scale seminar as well as group exhibition entitled “Taihoku Prefecture Archive”.
Continuation of Hsinchu County Annals
The Center was entrusted by Cultural Affairs Bureau of Hsinchu County Government in July 2016 to compile the Records of Personages (Volume IX) for the Continuation of Hsinchu County Annals (1992-2015), and it is expected to be completed within 2 years. The contents for this continued compiling of records of personages of county annals contain biography and characters. Those who have made the contributions to or exerted an influence on the policy, economy, society and culture in Hsinchu County will be incorporated in it and they will be the models for the later generations. In regard to research methods, Document Analysis Method (collation of historical materials, qualitative research like interpretation and narration) and Field Investigation Method are applied and the research methods related to humanities, society and science are supplemented, i.e. according to the outline of each article in the annals, the various relevant local annals, archives and documents, deed and stele, newspaper recording, data of family tree and other private collecting objects are collected and verified, and the series monographs on life history published by Cultural Affairs Bureau of Hsinchu County Government can be used for reference. Besides, with the assistance of research outcomes in academic circle and network data, field investigation and oral interview are applied to gain more accurate and detailed information so as to preserve local literature, provide reference for administration and keep people’s common feeling together.
Program of “Sanyin Walking Day”
In order to repay the hometown and promote local researches, NTPU established school-level “Center for Haishan Research” in May 2015, with the specific responsibility of promoting the local researches in Haishan region (including Sanxia, Yingge, Shulin, Tucheng, Banqiao, Zhonghe, Yonghe, Xinzhuang and Daxi) and providing the exchange platform between on-campus and off-campus teaching and research units, teachers & students and local cultural and historical teams.
This year (2016), the Center has undertaken to organize the 5th activity of “Sanxia Walking Day” and Sanxia River Basin is visited by walking and the interpretation is made for the river landscape, humanity landscape and industrial development along the way to lead people care for basin water resource and environmental protection. It is hoped to lead people to enter the historical sites, combine local stories, industrial features, school education and in-depth guide of humanistic landscape and reproduce the local memory of urban and rural development. Thus, the complete “Sanxia, Yingge and Shulin Humanity Trail System” can be set up in the future.
Research Results：Documentary Film
Hakka Village Series
In cooperation with NTPU Center for General Education, the Center applied to Hakka Affairs Department, New Taipei City Government in April 2016 for 2016 NTPU’s subsidy to organize the activity of “2016 Field Investigation on Hakka Culture”. In this activity, Director Chun-keung Chan acts as co-director and Convener Mr. Chien-jung Hung in Historical Culture Group acts as coordinate director, mainly taking charge of the implementation of activity of “Photographic Narration of Sanxia Hakka Village and Community Concern”. This program combines the students in NTPU and the local cultural and historical units and workers in Sanxia to conduct the photographic narration together for Hakka culture and history and industrial features to improve NTPU students’ cognition for Hakka humanities and history, intensify their photographic records as well as the experience and ability in reality concern and social participation and enhance the interaction between school teaching and community culture. In November of that year, two photographic documentary films about Sanxia Hakka settlement, namely “Hakka is everywhere — Sanxia Chaochiao Hakka Village” and “Hakka and Relief in Wuliao”.