IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(11): 931-936 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.582

On Colonial Industries: the Remnants of Bygone Sugar Factories in Taiwan

Hui-Wen Lin
Abstract—Taiwan’s sugar industry during Japanese rule had a great and lasting effect on society, the use of space, and the Taiwanese populace. In order to develop Taiwan’s sugar industry and its own immigration policies during Taiwan’s time as a Japanese colony (1895-1945), Japan first improved industrial technologies and business operations, slowly replacing traditional sugar production methods with machinery. Next, Japanese capitalists were encouraged to build new sugar refineries and introduce new technologies and strict policies into the sugar industry. During its peak of these efforts, 42 modern sugar factories were built throughout Taiwan. This study investigates a representative group of 10 new sugar refineries built during Taiwan’s time as a Japanese colony and owned by four Japanese sugar companies. The factory interior and exterior environments were used to analyze the principles which influenced sugar factory construction and related background information, while the human environment and natural environment were used to analyze the colonial industrial space.

Index Terms—Colonial, industry, sugar factory, Taiwan.

Hui-Wen Lin is with the Institute of Creative Industries, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan (e-mail: hwlin@ mail.ncku.edu.tw).

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Cite: Hui-Wen Lin, " On Colonial Industries: the Remnants of Bygone Sugar Factories in Taiwan," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 11, pp. 931-936, 2015.

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