Taiwan’s heart beats with the incalculable joys, sorrows, loves and disappointments of its many groups. Authors of different ethnic backgrounds and experiences have through the generations invested their talents to sense and put into words the pulse that defines their place and time. Themes of discord and reconciliation hold prominent places in their work, highlighting Taiwan literature’s richness and ageless relevance.
Taiwan society today is increasingly ready to accept and even embrace external cultural mores. Our authors observe, record and interpret the whispers of history. They also confirm the value of cultural diversity. The idea of a multiethnic melting pot may aptly be used to describe the ebb and flow of development in Taiwan literature and culture as well as to expound upon its present and future. This permanent exhibit is designed to open a window on the rich diversity of Taiwan literature’s inner world. The exhibition’s three sections, Call of the Mountains and Sea, Disparate Dialogues, and Literature’s Bright Future, center on key works of literature that address the three issue areas of nature, society and modernization. When contrasted against contemporary political and economic realities, literary efforts offer shining examples of their authors’ spirit and hope. It is the author’s desire to achieve mutual understanding and explain perspectives and opinions that has made Taiwan’s literary garden bloom and flourish.