History of Taiwan under Japanese Colonial Rule

Assaying Opium: Local Taste, Technoscientific Practice and the Opium Monopoly in Early Colonial Taiwan

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許宏彬
成大醫學院博士後研究

This article is a historical account of the production of opium and its monopoly in early colonial Taiwan. It analyses how the Japanese colonial government successfully turned the “opium problem” in Taiwan into a well-controlled substance on the island and details the mechanisms that led it to be a profitable monopoly business. Taking a material-oriented and STS approach, this research focuses on the practical details of the production of opium pastes.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 8

The First Grand Exhibition of "Miniatures" in Taiwan

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Shao-li LU

This paper applies Bruno Latour's concept of translation to the grand exhibition held in colonial Taiwan in 1935.The author draws a series of analogies between the uses and arrangements of models in the exhibition and Latourian models of laboratory practices withinwhich objects are dissolved, modified, rescaled, and staged. Once in theexhibition, the views were as if surrounded by miniatures. The purpose oftranslation was to interest viewers in the message encoded in the exhibition bythe colonial government.

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Taiwanese Journal for Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine, Number 7
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