Donated by Halla Linker Aguirre and California State University at Northridge, University Library in 2002
Television broadcast created by Hal Linker with his wife, Halla, and son, David. Footage was shot on the Island of Formosa (Taiwan). The broadcast begins in the interior of the island, with mountain views and scenes from a visit to the village of Ami, inhabited by island aborigines. A traditional aboriginal dance with traditional costumes is shown. Scenes from the capital city of Taipei are featured, including the old city gate, the only remainder of four original gates; the Supreme Court building; an old-style pagoda in Taipei Park; the National Science Hall; the National Historic Museum; a children's amusement park, including Chinese dragon boats, various rides, and a real jet plane that belonged to the Nationalist Air Force; the University of Taipei; and the exterior of Presidential Building, and a statue of Chiang Kai-shek dressed in traditional Chinese costume near it. The Longshan Temple (Temple of Dragon Hill) is featured, a Taoist temple built in 1738. Footage shot inside the temple includes food and incense offerings to the gods; the shrine of Matsu, goddess of the sea; and an old woman with bound feet, a remnant of the old Chinese practice of foot-binding. Artists spinning and painting porcelain in a porcelain factory are shown, as well artists making perforated vases. Scenes from a plane ride to Hualien, located near the northeast corner of the island, are shown. In Hualien, a statue of Sun Yat-sen in front of a government building is featured, as well as rice paddies outside of the city. The broadcast then shows a drive to Taroko Gorge, featuring a series of tunnels carved from solid marble. A marble factory is then shown, including scenes of marble cutting and polishing, and finished marble vases. The broadcast concludes with scenes of nightlife in Taipei. A traditional dance in a nightclub was filmed, featuring the "white snake lady" and the "blue snake lady," whose dance tells a story dating back to the Han Dynasty. A Chinese opera is also featured at the end of the broadcast.
Courtesy of Halla Linker
Human Studies Film Archives Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland 20746