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Wanhua Craftsmen's'' Century of Oral History
2020 is a year that will long be remembered. Whether for the pandemic or the national situation, it will leave vivid memories in the hearts of the Taiwanese people, and some of our living habits may change forever. Coincidentally, this year happens to be Taipei's centennial––Taipei City was established in Taihoku Prefecture in 1920, during the Japanese colonial era. Taipei was much smaller then. It was roughly divided into three districts: Monga, Dadaocheng, and the area within the Qing-era city walls. The currently bustling area east of Zhongshan North Road was undeveloped in those days.
We invite everyone to look back at Wanhua of hundred years ago when it had a different style and way of life. The district at that time was known as “Monga.” Perhaps many of Wanhua's century-old firms have never dreamed of that they would one day become part of Taipei's collective memory, as well as shops and businesses that have existing in Monga for more than a hundred years. Whether now or in the past, it's hard to imagine what sorts of enterprises could be operated and passed down for a century. This involves the needs of people of the time, new technologies or the rise of manual skills, or changes in consumption patterns or the economic structure. Industries rise and fall, and shops may relocate for various reasons. In this era, if a firm can stay in business for a generation or two, it's considered long-lived. It's hard for us to imagine what kind of technical profession could be passed on for a hundred years, witnessing a hundred years of historical changes, industrial progress, and generations of craftsman' efforts and the environment in which they toiled.
On the hundredth anniversary of Taipei's establishment as a city, we're featuring shops and stores that started in Monga and have been in business here for a century or more. We look forward to visitor coming to visit and pondering this with us: In this era of rapid change, how many businesses can guarantee they'll still be around a hundred years from now? How much history and how many collective memories and legends have been experienced here? Like the tumultuous year 2020, it gives us a lot to think about. In the century-old story of Monga, lofty ideas and selfless service have met with rejection and challenges. Bangkah Church has weathered social upheavals and changes, misunderstandings and exclusion, and even threats of violence, but today it is loved and praised by all. In its glorious past, the Ximen Red House was a showpiece, Taiwan's most advanced colonial business district in the eyes of the public; it later deteriorated and came to be seen as an urban eyesore. Now it has risen from the ashes, reborn as Taiwan's most inclusive venue.
On Taipei's centennial, we invite you to Monga. There are stores and shops here that have been in business for over a century, and are still prosperous and competitive today. People say that starting a business is difficult, and it's not easy to maintain success. In these century-old brands, we can see each generation's diligence and progress. A hundred years of craftsmanship has been passed on in different ways. Some businesses have been handed down from generation to generation, such as Taipei MONAKA and Fu Shan Steamer. The families have maintained craftsmanship, ever striving to refine their skills and open up to new possibilities. Some entities are not family operations; Ximen Red House and Presbyterian Church of Taiwan Bangkah Church have transmitted their ideals in a more pioneering way and are connected in spirit. Others have gone from stalls to storefronts. Xin Zhu Ba Wan, Liang Xi Hao,and Longdu Ice Shop started as outdoor foodstalls; today their delicacies have become a collective memory of Monga and the pride of the common people. Passed down for six generations, Full Done Tea House and Longshan Buddha Shop brought the treasures of Chinese craftsmanship to Taiwan and settled here in Monga.
On Taipei's hundredth anniversary, we invite you to visit Bopiliao Historical Block, which dates back to the Qing dynasty––come and take part in the people of Monga's century-long story.