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Fun Magazine, December 2002
By Ken Lin, translated by Annie
Chen and Matthew Godsey
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It was a quiet afternoon at the Breeze Center, and I was
enthralled as the "shopping queen" I was with
nonchalantly charged a five-figure purse and matching pair
of shoes to her account. It seemed as though these purchases
were free for the taking, with little concern for cost.
by accident, we wandered into the Hey Song Pavilion,
a museum established by Hey Song Enterprise to commemorate
their many years of business in Taiwan. It felt like
stumbling into the 1950s, back to the days when a bowl
of soup cost just NT$1, and a movie ticket (considered
a luxury) was NT$5.
down the mock street display, I felt nostalgic. Everyday
things from my childhood, but which have now vanished, were
on view ¡V vinyl phonograph records, wooden electric poles,
shadow puppets and underwear made from flour sacks hung
out to dry.
film, replayed every half hour, provides a glimpse of one
small Taiwanese alley from morning to midnight, complete
with croaking frogs, chirping birds and crowing roosters.
I slipped into memories as I watched, but felt a bit embarrassed
when I picked up the extravagant purchases that lay at our
you share similar memories, then a visit to the Pavilion
is a must. Of course, visitors to Taiwan, and even the
"XYZE generation" will enjoy seeing how our
society has changed over the past fifty years.