The Exhibition Room in Honor of Emeritus Chair Professor Dr. Chuang Wan-Shou – Written by Huang Li Chun
Born in Lu Kang in 1939, Professor Chuang Wan-Shou once served as the professor at the Department of Chinese of National Taiwan Normal University; the Director of the Humanities and Education Research Center; founder and professor of the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature, Foreign Appointed Professor; Faculty of Letters at the University of Kyoto; Japan, Visiting Professor at the Keimyung University, South Korea; researcher at the University of Tokyo; newspaper chief editor; and President of the Taiwan Association of University Professors. After retiring from the National Taiwan Normal University in 2004, Professor Chuang founded the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies at Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU) and is currently Emeritus Chair Professor. He has written about ten books as well as dozens of unpublished research papers on “Chuang Zi Legacies.” He is also the editor of numerous books about the cultural history of Taiwan including the “Taiwan Culture Encyclopedia.”
In 2012, he donated many of his precious possessions to CJCU including more than 8000 books and 276 items of cultural relics. A set of “The Punctuate Complete Book of Hundred Scholars” from the Shanghai Sao Ye Shan Fang bookstore issued in 1922 was included among these books. Notable cultural relics include a photocopy of real estate deeds from 1794 (49th year of Qianlong Emperor’s reign), a tin altar incense pot, circa 1840, Qing Dynasty chinaware, a German made sewing machine used by his mother from 1920; another sewing machine purchased by Madam Chuang when she married to Professor Chuang in 1968; and Professor Chuang’s flags, hats, headpiece when he participated in the Democratic Progressive Party’s activities. All those can be found by searching the catalogue in the showroom. If sorted by dates, the cultural relics dated from 1794 to 2012 total 276 items. If searched by category, they are listed as DVDs, banners, handkerchiefs, cards, appliances, identification bands, nameplates, deeds, flags, souvenirs, furniture, flags, badges, and key chains.