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TFAC Newsletter Vol92

TFAC Newsletter Vol92

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Beauty of Tainan Canal

Being founded in April 16th, 1922 by a Japanese designer, the current Tainan Canal, which is 3.782 km in length, 37m in width and 1.8m in depth, is located in Anping to replace the old Tainan Canal and aimed at helping boats and ships sail directly from the sea to the downtown at that time. The Canal successfully stimulated local economic growth. However, as the problem of sediments deposited by flowing water was increasingly severe, it was later transferred to a sightseeing-oriented canal. If you are eager to have a deep understanding of the history, culture and background of this canal, you are highly advised to visit the Tainan Canal Museum at No. 97-15, Anping Rd., Anping Dist. The building, which was the original customhouse, was organized as a municipal monument in 2003. Documents and goods related to customs, fishing tools and the history and development of Tainan Canal are displayed in the museum. Several events that help you appreciate different facets of the Canal will be held until January 27th, 2013. For instance, from 12:30 to 14:00 on every weekend, there will be a tour leading you to experience the views along the way and stories about the Canal. Please make sure that you make a reservation at least one day prior to your visiting by calling Ms. Jheng at 06-229-4916. Additionally, you can see RAINBOWS everyday there. Numerous sprayers are set up and will spray regularly. With the shine casted from the sun, it is expected to see rainbows, representing the bright, colorful future.

Block Print Exhibition

Tainan to World Two-month long “From Tainan to World Block Print Exhibition” will display 120 works of Taiwanese, Chinese, overseas Chinese, and internationally renowned woodblock printers. There will be a lottery activity at 10:30 on February 17th. The visitors can join the lottery activity by filling out the block print learning sheet while visiting the exhibition. The host organization will provide 100 exhibition books for the lottery.


The international works of this exhibition are provided by Jhang Hueihua, a professor of Medical Collage, National Cheng Kung University. His collections include the western works by Durer, Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Rembrandt, Picasso, Miro, Dali, Kandinsky, and Chagall. And his oriental collections include Ukiyo-e block prints from Japan and Chinese works by Liao Siouping, Jhang Dacian, Jhao Wuji, Sie Lifa, etc. Cai Youren, a private collector in Tainan, systematically collects the block prints from China. Their collections cover from 13th to 21st century, range from classic to modern style, and include western, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese works. The exhibits are divided into 2 kinds of style and 5 sub-topics. 1. Classic Style: 1-1 From 13th Century Illustrations to 18th Century Traditional Western Block Prints 1-2 Ukiyo-e ─ Traditional Japanese Block Prints 2. Modern Style: 2-1 Modern Western Block Prints 2-2 Modern Chinese Block Prints 2-3 Modern Taiwanese Block Prints (Focus on artists in Tainan) Exhibition Date: December 22nd, 2012 – February 24th, 2013 Exhibition Location: 1F, Exhibition Hall, Tainan Municipal Cultural Center

Chen Yonghua Exhibition
Chen Yonghua, the general staff of Koxinga, is the builder of Tainan, and his most famous achievement is the establishment of the first Temple of Confucius in Taiwan. Tainan City Government has held the “Chen Yonghua Exhibition” at the Classic Room, Temple of Confucius, and it will last until February 28th. “Without knowing Chen Jinnan, do not call yourself a hero.” In Jin Yong’s fiction, The Deer and the Cauldron, he used this sentence to describe Chen Jinnan, the director of Heaven and Earth Society. It is said that the character in the fiction is Chen Yonghua, the general staff of Koxinga. Mayor Lai said that he is not only a strategist, but also an expert in politics and administration, drawing people’s admiration. Mayor Lai said that because Chen Yonghua systematically developed Tainan, Taiwan could change in short time. He cultivated the wasteland and let vagrants have home. Especially his establishment of the Temple of Confucius made Taiwan become the center of Confucian tradition. Chen Jyunming, the 12th generation of Chen Yonghua, said that for the exhibition, he invited a precious craftsman from LuganSg Jhanghua to make a wooden sculpture. The sculpture makes people think of Chen Yonghua’s thoughtfulness when he led Tainan’s development. What’s more, there are also other historical data like kilns and Taiwan documentary records. Tainan citizens can visit the exhibition for free with their ID card.


Sweet Rice Porridge

In winter nights, you must want to have some hot soups or desserts to warm the body. Then sweet rice porridge is the best choice. It is a traditional dessert. In the past, because the ingredients were cheap and it was easy to cook, parents usually cooked it for children. The glutinous rice is stewed with dried longan more than one hour, and some people may add other ingredients like raisins, white fungus, mung beans, red beans, oatmeal, or red dates. The seasonings include sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon powder. Before eating it, adding some drops of rice wine can make the flavor better. Rice wine also can help preventing sickness and providing warmness. You can find sweet rice porridge in most of the stores selling desserts and shaved ice. What should be noticed is that it’s only sold in winter. Therefore, if you miss this winter, you have to wait until the next one!


2F, No.6, Sec.2, Yonghua Rd., Anping Dist, Tainan City Http://foreigner.tainan.gov.tw/en 0800-021-111 or 06-299-1111#8244 TainanFAC on Facebook

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