Red Brick Daily

Owing to the unique history of Taiwan, there are not a lot of “old” buildings left standing. Some Qing and even Ming Dynasty-era places still survive, but even those have mostly been re-build as Taiwan was bombed heavily in the Second World War.

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(The “Old Street” in Cishan, with most of the buildings dating back to the Japanesese era)

So the news that wrecking crews had torn down a 90-year-old wooden structure built by the Japanese colonial authorities for use as a police dorm left many angry and frustrated with Taiwan’s seeming disregard for historical preservation.

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The Central News Agency has more:

“The Kaohsiung Water Resources Bureau has angered local people by demolishing a 90-year-old Japanese-style wooden police dormitory without first assessing the property’s cultural value.
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The bureau, which was blasted for not respecting cultural heritage, was accused Tuesday of “sneakily” demolishing the old dorm — located close to the Kaohsiung City Police Department’s Cishan Precinct — the history of which is described in a tourism promotion brochure written by local history and culture groups. The Chinese cypress-constructed old dorm with black roof tiles was in good condition before it was torn down, [one resident] said, noting that senior citizens living in the neighborhood once told him that the building was built nearly 90 years ago.”

Many are calling on the government, both central and local, to do more to ensure our great-grandkids will be able to see the last surviving pieces of Taiwan’s long and convoluted history.

 

 

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