2019 / March
Sanya Huang /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Bruce Humes
A sedate and firmly grounded building stands at the intersection of Taipei’s Zhongshan South Road and Xinyi Road. In contrast, located opposite is Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, which often overflows with the sound of boisterous visitors. The building in question, however, remains quiet and composed. In fact, inside are stored texts that have come down through the ages, and have been collected since the establishment of the Republic of China in 1912. More recently, it has also served as the venue for international academic exchanges in the field of sinology. Like a black pearl endowed with a mysterious air, it constitutes a priceless treasure of thought and culture.