Taiwan has always been a destination for migrants. Traveling and migrating are norms of human societies. Almost every one of us would experience the state of a migrant at a certain point in life. Migrating is not an experience exclusive to immigrants or migrant workers. Those who migrate can be as small as individuals or as big as an entire extended family even an ethnic group for reasons like study, employment, marriage, even war and political persecution. Furthermore, internal and philosophical migration may take place due to the shift of life experience and identity. Over the years, the National Museum of Taiwan History (NMTH) has been addressing the issues about "migrants". Each one of the stories about migration is a depository of collective memories of Taiwanese people. How can a museum leverage exhibition and action strategies to steadily and forcefully propel the enterprise of cultural recognition of immigrants' experience through the lens of "immigration"? How does a museum approach stories of migrants through different angles? And how does a museum build connections and strike up conversations between earlier settlers and new migrants of this land through these stories? How does NMTH document history in a way that accommodates different perspectives and views to ensure rooms for different possibilities for our future in Taiwan?
Ｗu, Chia-Ni Associate Curator & Leader of Public Service Division, National Museum of Taiwan History
Wu, Chia-Ni is the curator for the two special exhibitions at NMTH, Movement of People: the Migration Stories of Taiwan and Southeast Asian Immigrants and Migrant Workers in Taiwan. She has been involved in organizing various events and exhibitions featuring migration issues since 2014. It is her hope that each one of the museum actions will contribute to the tolerance of our society and conservation of culture and humanistic diversity.