An Ancient Snapshot of Native Taiwanese Culture — Atlas Obscura

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A newly available Library of Congress collection shows the lives of an oft-overlooked minority.

— by Jonathan Carey: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Library of Congress, in conjunction with the National Central Library of Taiwan, has digitized and released 1,000 rare Chinese books produced prior to 1796. Some of the titles date back as far as the 11th century… The collection brings together Buddhist sutras, ancient maps, books on medical remedies, and other rare insights into ancient China. Among the treasures, 12 watercolor paintings take viewers on a voyage through indigenous life on the island of Formosa, better known as Taiwan…

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress

May 8, 2019


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