New Hakka literary museum officially opens in Hsinchu


Attended by Hakka Affairs Council Minister Yiong Con-ziin, Hsinchu County Magistrate Yang Wen-ke (楊文科), and President Chen Ban (陳板) of the Hakka Public Communications Foundation (HPCF), the opening ceremony of Long Ying-zong Literary Museum (龍瑛宗文學館) was held in Hsinchu’s Beipu Township on Aug. 25.



Born in Beipu, Long Ying-zong was one of the most important writers of Hakka descent in the Japanese colonial Taiwan. His works encompassing novels, poetry, literary critic, and plays reflected the frustrated life under Japanese rule from a colonized perspective.

Renovated from an old Japanese-style dormitory of Long’s alma mater, the museum was officially open to the public in celebration of Long’s 110th birth anniversary, displaying the literary luminary’s possessions including his written letters in correspondence with other prominent Hakka writers such as Wu Zhuo-liu (吳濁流) and Chung Chao-cheng (鍾肇政).



HAC Minister Yiong noted that Beipu, a cultural stronghold in Hsinchus Hakka settlements, is the birthplace of local iconic artists including writer Long Ying-zong, photographer Deng Nan-guang (鄧南光), and painter Xiao Ru-song (蕭如松). The legacies of these Hakka creators are preserved for posterity to glimpse the beauty of the culture at that time, Yiong said, adding that their dedicated Hakka spirit shown in their artworks is the epitome of the Hakka community.

The minister remarked that, under the cooperation with local governments, HAC has made efforts in transforming Taiwan Romantic Route 3 of Hakka settlements into a literary avenue full of humanistic atmosphere.

HPCF President Chen shared his experience of an interview with the late Hakka writer about thirty years ago. Chen said that Long talked about the hardships he encountered during his literary journey in different political regimes, spanning from the Japanese colonial era to the period of martial law under the Kuomintang (KMT) rule. Even facing many difficulties, the writer never gave up his passion for reading and writing, which reflects Hakka people’s persistence and perseverance, Chen added.

A series of activities about the newly open museum are taking place. For more information, please visit https://www.surveycake.com/s/K7pak.