The Spirit of the Museum
Memories of a Father
The Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum commemorates the famous
Taiwanese physician Liu Liu-Hsin who had a profound impact on the
development of obstetrics and gynecology, medical organizations
and public health, as well as hospital management in Taiwan. The
Museum also commemorates Lin Liu-Hsin as a strict yet kind father
and family man for whom a humane attitude was always a guiding principle.
Professor Lin Liu-Hsin showed an exceptional foresight and perseverance
in his youth. Despite of his family's objections, Lin Liu-Hsin left
for Japan at the age of 12 to continue his studies. After his arrival
in Japan he sold newspapers and the soybean natto to finance his
studies. He was ultimately admitted to the University of Tokyo College
of Medicine after completing junior high and high school. He studied
at the Taihoku Imperial University College of Medicine upon returning
to Taiwan, and he received doctorate degrees in both medicine and
science. He later practiced obstetrics and gynecology, worked in
hospital management and taught medicine.
A leader in the world of Taiwanese medicine, Professor Lin was
an idealistic and benevolent man, whose far-reaching influence is
still felt today. He is an inspiration for generations to come.
A Caring Mother
Mr. Lin Liu-Hsin was Mrs. Lin Shi Chin-hua's greatest love. Mrs.
Lin donated the land and buildings for the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre
Museum in order to commemorate her husband's quest for knowledge,
his courage, and his independent spirit, and to support her eldest
son Mr. Lin Ching-fu's cultural ideals and commitment. A mother's
love has given Taipei's Dadaocheng area a new cultural landmark
An Idealistic Son
This Museum was founded by Dr. Paul C. F. Lin, the eldest son of
Lin Liu-Hsin. Dr. Lin is also a prominent Taipei specialist in obstetrics
and gynecology. He is also a prominent artist and cultural figure,
and took the lead in renovating the National Assembly. Dr. Lin has
established the Taiyuan Foundation and the Taiyuan Publishing Company.
These organizations have sponsored local cultural activities, surveys,
and community development work, promoted aboriginal culture as a
world cultural asset, and planned national celebrations. Dr. Lin
is indeed a legendary figure in the cultural world.
A Christian and physician, Dr. Lin spent eight years as a missionary
among the Akha people of northern Thailand. He helped found Mackay
College of Medicine. Apart from the planning of the Museum, he has
recently been engaged in artistic creation, and wants to become
a full-time painter.
His collection of over 5,000 puppets is an important global cultural
treasure. The museum is pleased to be able to promote and pass on
Taiwan's puppet art and hope it will become a centre of puppet art
for the Asia-Pacific region.
The Lin family has played a major role in Taiwan's culture, medicine,
science, religion, and business over the last century. Mr. Lin Liu-Hsin
has passed on the family's spirit and the family is continuing to
contribute its talents and exert its influence throughout Taiwan.
The creation and development of the Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre
Museum also commemorates the Lin family's traditions and contribution
to Taiwan's society and cultural life.
|The Museum Staff
|Lin Liu-Hsin Puppet Theatre Museum