Date: Sep 21, 2015
By: Tang Chia-ling and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer
An exhibition titled “Archival Exhibition on Inverting 1895: 120 Years After the War of
Yi-We” (鉅變一八九五—乙未之役．一百二 十年檔案特展), which examines both resistance to and acceptance of Japanese colonial rule is currently being hosted by the Academia Sincia in Taipei.
The War of Yi-Wei (乙未之役), referring to the name of the year in the Chinese lunar calendar, is the Chinese term for the five-month war in 1895 between Empire of Japan and anti-Japanese insurgents who rose up after the Republic of Formosa declared independence in response to Japan’s annexation of the formerly insular Qing province.
Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwanese History director Hsieh Kuo-Hsing (謝國興), whose institute jointly organized the exhibition with the Academia Sinica’s Digital Center, said the exhibition is named “Inverting 1895” because it focuses on reversing nationalist historiography that focuses solely on resistance. [FULL STORY]