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The National Museum of Taiwan Literature (NMTL)has organized an exhibition featuring literary works by Taiwanese laborers and farmers. Several precious items, including a handwritten manuscript by the late Father of New Taiwan Literature, Lai He (賴和), will remain on display at the Tainan-based museum until June 24.
Taiwanese farming literature portrays the lives of the working class and contains special imagery unique to this category of works. The NMTL's special exhibition includes many installations and interactive displays to help visitors better understand the lives of Taiwan's laborers and farmers in the early 1920s.
For example, the curators have installed an installation inspired by author Chen Hsiu-hsi's (陳秀喜) poem "Taiwan,” alongside a metal fist-shaped installation at the entrance that symbolizes the workers' spirit of perseverance. There are also various interactive games to make a visit more fun, including a game in which visitors can choose a location and a job they like and see what life they would have through the literary work that portrays such life.
Divided in five sections, the exhibition also offers items from the museum's permanent collection, such as newspaper clips of the only two novels by the indomitable author Yang Kui (楊逵) from 1932, a manuscript from paper-making artisan Yen Shui-lung (顏水龍), and the last letter written by indigenous writer-Uyongu Yatauyungana(高一生) before his death.
The exhibition also displays literary works depicting the physical and mental conditions of laborers and farmers, augmented by the showcase of actual working tools used by aboriginal Paiwanian hunter-writer Sakinu (榮隆‧撒可努).