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[NEWS]The Search for the Next Storyteller--Special Exhibition of Shu-guang Lin

Can you use the clues hidden in literary history to find the key person who has helped to tell stories of local culture and history? Kaohsiung Literature Library collaborated with Kelio Arts to co-organize a micro special exhibition: "The Storyteller─Shu-guang Lin and His Disappearing ___". The exhibition tells the life story of Shu-guang Lin, a writer born in Kaohsiung. Visitors will see multiple perspectives as they read Lin's works and search for the connections between Lin's works and the local history. The special exhibition will take place on the 2F of Kaohsiung Literature Library until February 2022.


Shu-guang Lin was born in Yancheng, Kaohsiung. When he was 12, he studied in Japan. After the war, Lin returned to study in Taipei. Working as a journalist, Lin has witnessed several major events in Taiwan's history, including February 28 Incident, and Tiananmen Incident. He also participated in New Taiwanese Literature Movement and helped local writers translate their works into Japanese. Seeing the political unrest in northern Taiwan, Lin chose to return to Kaohsiung and he began to study local literature, local culture and history. He has kept a huge amount of data and stories about local customs, proverbs, and folk tales and he has written several books, including "Changes of Takao", "Random Stories of Takao" and "People in Kaohsiung".


For writers of the same era, Lin has played the key role of a "bridge". Writer Shih-tao Yeh once described Lin as "a historian and a writer who is really sensitive to the literary trends." Decades before local studies became mainstream, Lin was already aware of the importance to maintain local culture and history and has thus published works on local studies. As Walter Benjamin, the German philosopher, described in his work "The Storyteller", "among those who have written down the tales, it is the great ones whose written version differs least from the speech of the many nameless storytellers". Without a doubt, Lin has been such a storyteller.


The exhibition is divided into four sections: Lin's perspective of major events in Taiwan's literary history; local stories collected by Lin; Lin's support for writers to publish their works; translation and re-creation works based on Lin's works. Visitors are guided to find the "missing" pieces in the exhibition.


The exhibition booklet includes Kun-Yi Chen's special column. Chen was a new writer of local history and culture. He visited sites described in Lin's work and in his special column, he talked about the changes of those disappearing landscapes described in Lin's work. Visitors are welcomed to get the booklet, free of charge, from the 1F information desk of Kaohsiung Literature Library. For epidemic prevention, participants are required to follow all relevant rules. For details and reservations, please visit the official website of Kaohsiung Literature Library.


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Visitors can find materials they are interested in with the interactive games.


Identify which landscape described by Shu-guang Lin has disappeared and connect words with reality.

Updated2021-08-31 PM 05:01:34