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FJCU Record and preserve cultural heritage 2022

FJCU’s work promoting the protection and preservation of cultural heritage can be divided into on-campus work and cooperative off-campus work. The FJCU Exhibition Hall of University History oversees both the university history museum and the Chinese Catholic Museum. In addition to being responsible for collecting, archiving, conserving, researching, and displaying materials related to the university’s history, it is also responsible for highlighting the history of Pontifical Catholic universities. In addition to publishing relevant historical materials and research results, it also fulfills the Catholic university mission and displays the university’s unique characteristics by providing assistance to teaching units and student clubs for curriculum development and editing teaching materials. Off campus, in addition to assisting the government in establishing and preserving the cultural artifacts and traditional cultural legacy related to traditional handicrafts, and in the process of preserving and passing on handicraft skills it also trains relevant qualified individuals. It also connects with modern technological applications and combines landscape, architecture, and fieldwork to create a comprehensive record of the current state of and changes to cultural heritage.

  1. The FJCU Exhibition Hall of University History was founded in 1987. It is located on the fourth floor of Cardinal Yu Pin Administration Building and occupies an area of more than 66 square meters. The exhibition hall primarily showcases materials and records related to the university’s history, starting from the university’s founding, and is divided into sections that display historical documents, spiritual banners, portraits, and the construction and present state of main buildings in order to show FJCU’s educational philosophy. The exhibition hall is divided into six sections, Dialogue, History, Gallery, Organization, Soul, and Miscellaneous, where images of the past are shown alongside the present for comparison, items from the university’s history are displayed, while also showing the unique architectural style from when FJCU moved from Beijing to be reestablished in Taiwan. It also uses tree-style diagrams to show how the colleges and departments in FJCU have expanded since it was reestablished.

  2. The Chinese Catholic Museum was planned in 1987 and was consecrated and opened on February 4, 1988. The founder of the museum was the second rector of FJCU, Archbishop Stanislaus Lo Kuang. Based on his own accomplishments in museum studies and love for art and cultural items, the Archbishop considered the duty of FJCU to gather and preserve the historical, cultural, and artistic items of the Church and to establish a Church museum to with the idea of passing on the significance of these items. The Chinese Catholic Museum covers just over 500 square meters and is divided into three sections: Cardinal Yu Bin Memorial Hall, Archbishop Stanislaus Lo Kuang Archive, and the Chinese Catholic Church Museum. The collections are rich and extensive, and they fully display the essence of Catholicism.

  3. Special programs from the FJCU College of Fashion and Textiles include the Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank promoted by the Ministry of Culture, the Qili Era – One Hundred Years of Qipao Craftsmanship in Taiwan – Remembrance and Inheritance, and Constructing a Network of Cultural Asset Protection – Cultural Asset University Training, which involve targeting intangible cultural assets such as qipao manufacture craftsmanship, silk-wrapped flower crafting techniques, and the clothing and textiles of indigenous peoples to be recorded and preserved, to have knowledge of them passed on, and to provide training for qualified individuals.

  4. Starting in 2017, the FJCU Department of Religious Studies, the Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures and the Museum of World Religions collaborated on the Religious Landscape Survey Project, a three-year (2017-2019) survey project that involve field visits to religious buildings in Taipei and New Taipei City to conduct interviews and take notes the faiths’ actual state, cultural resources, and their interaction with and influence on the local community. Finally, the interviews and notes were uploaded to GIS for Religious Landscape in Taiwan, which was set up by Academia Sinica. In 2018, a Religious Landscape Survey course to provide professional training for interviewers and to assist with collaborative connections and service relationships with businesses.
    Presently, the survey has already been completed, and amassed more than 10,000 pieces of data. A survey program agreement was signed with the Academia Sinica Center for Digital Cultures where in the subsequent three years (2020-2022) surveys will be conducted areas that have not yet been investigated.