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Old Friends in Tainan – Tainan Sugar Industry Cultural Landscape Census Workshop

In order to encourage the participation of the general public in the investigation of Tainan cultural assets, National Cheng Kung University Department of Architecture will collaborate with Sinying Community College to host the Tainan Sugar Industry Cultural Landscape Census Workshop at Book Site on March 23. City residents are welcome to participate in the event.

Tainan’s sugar industry can be traced back to the Dutch colonial period and can be considered an old friend to Tainan’s 400 years of development. The historic sugarcane mill unearthed in Shanhua area, the sprawling sugarcane fields on Chianan Plain, and the still-operational Shanhua Sugar Refinery all testify to the important role the sugar industry played in the development of Tainan and its landscape. To gain a better understanding of the Tainan sugar industry’s related landscapes and facilities, and to determine the connection between the industry and local life, Tainan Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage secured a subsidy from the Ministry of Culture in 2018 to conduct the Tainan Sugar Industry Culture Landscape Census. Furthermore, the National Cheng Kung University Department of Architecture is commissioned to conduct the comprehensive census. The census will serve as preparation for further investigation.

Community involvement is one of the most important aspects of the program, as it ensures the comprehensiveness of the cultural asset census. As a result, the workshop is co-hosted by National Cheng Kung University Department of Architecture, the Foundation of Historic City Conservation and Regeneration, Nanying Culture Association, and Tainan Sinying Community College. College students and community residents are provided the opportunity to participate in the program. Also, experts and academia are invited to have a conversation to teach the general public about the development history and cultural landscape of Tainan’s sugar industry. The experts and academia will be available to take participants to the sugar industry sites that are part of the census program. This will result in a close encounter with the history of the Tainan sugar industry. Tainan Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage hopes that after the workshop is over, the general public can assist with the census and the following conservation efforts. In this way, the history of Tainan’s sugar industry will once again become a source of pride for Tainan City residents. You are welcome to join us at Book Site and learn about the stories of Tainan.