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TAIWANfest Taiwan Bookstore - Tonshan Bookstore

Tonsan Bookstore

A GLIMPSE OF TAIWAN’S JOURNEY TO DEMOCRACY

Air Date on Sep 26th

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Taiwan’s Bookstore – The Survived
Generation Chapter: Taiwanese’ Strength and Gentleness

Passing by a group of frolicking students, we stepped into a street corner, and descended a staircase covered with club posters. Here, the sense of time and space are intertwined. In the hallway towards the underground bookstore, a stretch of the Lennon Wall mirrored posters of the China Travel Fair, where in between them was the checkered floor.

Inside, a small note that reads “We Speak Hakka” on the counter reveals the identity of Mr. Chen Lung-hao, the owner of the bookstore.We can see from his gentle demeanor and from his passion for Hakka studies, that the way in which Hakka ancestors faced challenges showed their strength, persistence,  and ability to cope with the tides of times. Tang Shan spirit exemplifies Hakka spirit and wisdom. 

The bookstore may seem casual and ordinary at first glance, but it is indeed a secret treasure hunting spot for book lovers. The books create a unique sense of time flow, highlighting the diversity of Taiwanese humanism which allows different voices to coexist under the same roof. The voices have weaved a soft, flexible, yet solid net, where every thread is an attempt to survive.

At dusk, we walked up the stairs and past a few young people who were heading to the bookstore. Will they be the ones to start the next era?

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