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One of the many parades in Hsinchu.  This photograph taken on March 29, 1959.

These young ladies are from the First Hsinchu Girl’s High School (now National Hsinchu Girl’s Senior High School.)   The signage announces honoring Youth Day, a Taiwan holiday observed on March 29th each year.   

The school was established in April 1924 during the Japanese Occupation Era as “Shinchiku Prefecture Girls’ Senior High School, Shinkchiku being Japanese for Hsinchu.  Here is a link to the school web page, and since no English version was found, here also is a  translated version.

More of the same parade.  These young men are believed to be from National Hsinchu Senior High School, an all boys school with a very similar history compared to the girls school discussed above.  Here is a link to the school.




Midnight Mass

The altar at the Hsinchu Cathedral, prepared for its very first Christmas Midnight Mass.    Photo December 24, 1958.


Directly above, as it appeared just after its construction, on a sunny December day in 1958, stands the Catholic Cathedral of Hsinchu, which has the formal name Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral.    No traffic lights anywhere in the area those days. 

The right photo (courtesy of Juju Wang, who recreated Roy’s shot) was taken in October 2006.  The Cathedral building, about 48 years old in 2006, is showing its age.  The stone facade has been weathered by the dust and dirt of traffic through the years to become more yellow in color today.

The building also looks less formal today.  A yellow neon tube light Cross shows above its doors.  A number of different signage seem to clutter its front face.. 

Additional stairs with railings have replaced the large lanterns and their pedestals that once stood at the building’s corners.

The red sign to the right of the green doors identifies the Cathedral and provides times of worship services in Chinese and English.

Today, the abundance of attendees at Mass are Philippine foreign workers, and  the Cathedral is known locally as the “Beida Church” because it stands along Beida road. 

To the left of the Cathedral photo of today stands a tall building, follow the blue colored windows to the  roof where you see a cross.  This newer building is probably related to the Cathedral.

A last observation.  As you examine these 2 photographs of the Cathedral, which picture would you choose to be  standing in? 

I know which one you chose! 

UPDATE -  Photo below taken during visit to Hsinchu in November 2009



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