—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
—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).
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.