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Summary

 

Taiwan Church Press was established on May 24, 1884, in Tainan by Dr. T. Thomas Barclay, a missionary of the Presbyterian Church of England (now the United Reformed Church of England and Wales).

 

In May 1880, Dr. James L. Maxwell, also a missionary in Taiwan, donated a small printing machine with eleven boxes of type and some working facilities for printing Taiwanese in Roman letters. In 1881, Tainan Mission Council decided to ask Dr. Barclay to learn printing techniques from a Glasgow printing shop during his sabbatical leave. After returning to Tainan, he sent Mr. Su Sa to Swatow to take apprenticeship in printing techniques. In June 1885 a workshop was built at the original site of the Taiwan Church Press with contributions from the Presbyterian Church of England.

 

On May 24, 1884, the newly-installed facilities began operations, setting the first milestone for the printing business in Taiwan. Dr. Barclay named it “Treasure Hall”. However, Taiwanese Christians normally call it “Hsin-Lao Bookstore” (New Mansion Bookstore).

 

On June 12, 1885, Dr. Barclay produced the first issue of the Tainan Church News in Taiwan, the beginning of mass media in Taiwan, which is still published weekly to this day. For over 100 years, it has survived several turbulent periods and is still serving this beautiful island promoting evangelical mission and social concern.

 

 

Timeline

 

1881:          Presbyterian Church of England donates one printing machine to Tainan Mission Council. It becomes Taiwan’s first printing machine. 

1884:         “Chu-Tin Tng” (Treasure Hall) begins on the east wing of Tainan

Theological College and Seminary. It would later become Taiwan Church Press.

1885:         Rev. Thomas Barclay founds Taiwan Church Press. Distribution of “Hu

Sian Kao Hoe Po”, Taiwan’s first newspaper, follows shortly after. The

newspaper is the predecessor of Taiwan Church News.

1937:         As the Pacific War escalates, the Japanese government in Taiwan expels all

missionaries from Taiwan and suspends Taiwan Church Press.

1945:         Taiwan Church News resumes operation after Japan is defeated at the end

of World War II.

1969:         The Nationalist government (KMT) prohibits Taiwan Church News from

using Romanized Taiwanese when publishing.

1977:         Taiwan Church News reports on the Declaration of Human Rights issued

by the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan. The entire edition is seized by the

Nationalist government.

1987:         Taiwan Church News reports on historical evidence related to “February

28 Incident”. The entire edition is confiscated by the Nationalist government.

1983:         Taiwan Church Press moves to a new building on Youth Road. New

additions: Publishing department and bookstore.

1996:         Publication of “Keng Sim” (Heart Farmer Weekly) evangelical brochure.

Weekly distribution: 120,000 copies.

1998:          Publication of “Reading the Bible with New Eyesdevotional booklet.

Quarterly distribution of the devotional: 45,000

copies. Taiwan Church News adds color pages to its layout.

2000:         Building on Youth Road is renovated to make room for a wider range of

mass media & communications ministry.

2006:         Publication ofSiong-im Chip” series. The magazine is a compilation of

Taiwanese church songs and hymns. Quarterly distribution: 10,000 copies.

2007:         Publication of “Little Peter” series, a teaching guide for Vacation Bible

School. The guide is distributed to 300 churches every season.

2007:         Taiwan Church News changes from paid to free subscription for the purpose of mass distribution. Weekly distribution: 16,000 copies.

2008:          Taiwan Church Press adds “Christian Arts and Literature Center” to its headquarter office in Tainan with the goal of introducing Christian culture to Taiwanese society. Printing machines in the basement of the building are removed to make room for a gallery exhibiting Christian artists’ works and discussion forums.

                                          

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