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A Preliminary Study of Charity Concert during the Beginning of Japanese Colonial Period in Taiwan－A Case Study of Taiwan Women’s Charity Association
Taiwan Women’s Charity Association,charity concert,social cultivation,Taiwan Nichi-nichi Shimpo,Government-General of Taiwan,new female virtue,
|Publication Year :||2012|
Charity concerts were in vogue during Meiji Period when Taiwan was governed by Japan. By collecting relevant reports from Taiwan Nichi-nichi Shimpo and Kanbon Taiwan Nichi-nichi Shimpo, this research finds Taiwan Women’s Charity Association was one of the major female organizers of charity concerts then. The role of social cultivation was emphasized. Although some scholars have already been interested in both charity concerts and Taiwan Women’s Charity Association, deep discussions are not enough yet. Therefore, taking resources mainly from Taiwan Women’s Charity Association, Taiwan Nichi-nichi Shimpo, and Kanbon Taiwan Nichi-nichi Shimpo, this research attempts to begin with looking back upon the way “new female virtue” was introduced, and make a step further to discuss the important role of Taiwan Women’s Charity Association during Meiji Period. In addition to reconstructing the full pictures of charity concerts organized by Taiwan Women’s Charity Association, this research analyzes the concert programs in order to examine whether the content of charity concerts held by the association was indeed an attempt to achieve the purpose of social cultivation.
This research finds that Taiwan Women’s Charity Association was likely to be one of the factors that contributed to frequently holding charity concerts in Meiji Period. It is also a charity organization that was completely subordinated to Taiwan for hosting activities. Furthermore, it achieved social cultivation by nurturing people’s ears and eyes. The public could not only see the neat and beautifully decorated concert hall and experience the order and courtesy in music concert, but also listen to rich and high-standard music, including traditional music, western classical music with a sense of progress and modernity, and songs with educational intention for spreading patriotic spirit. People could even enjoy living picture and motion picture that express the military power of Japan Empire and the triumphs of wars. From the reports on the concerts after they came to an end, we can have a clear idea of the feelings of the audience then and the influences of such concerts. Not only ladies and gentlemen in the middle and upper class, but also general public attended the concerts. Finally, from a glimpse of the purpose to establish the association and host charity concerts, and the status of the participants, this study finds both the association and the charity concerts were related to Government-General of Taiwan. That is, both are the patriotic products generated by connection with Government-General of Taiwan.
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