Establishment
[1 Introduction] [2 Motivation] [3 Process] [4 Present Location] [5 Visit Information]
2. Motivation

The original manuscript below was written by the ex-curator, Mr. Jiang. Thanks to Mrs. Jiang for finding it for us. It contains an account of Mr. Jiang's childhood and the toys he loved. It shows his motivation to retire at the age of 50 and his determination to establish a toy museum. It is precious material for the museum and it is well worth sharing.

The text of the original manuscript:
My encounter with toys

“I was born in the countryside, in Douliu Town, Yunlin County, several years after the end of World War II. The area where I was born was primitive and simple. I had many playmates among children whose economic circumstances were similar to my own. At that time most toys were made from everyday items or leftover building materials such as tiles and bricks.  Nowadays children would see these kinds of things as junk, but they were treasures to us back then. We also derived great amusement from natural items. For example, we might roll up a leaf, and make a mouthpiece and a flute from it. It really worked! To cite another example, we would chip a large roof tile into a small square-shaped tile, and then chip a notch in it. If we chipped the notch too deeply we would be at a disadvantage, because the tile could easily be broken. If we chipped the notch too lightly, our friends would think we were taking unfair advantage of them and would not play with us. So we had to chip the notch just right. But these were not proper toys. Real toys were like the one which my brother brought to me from Taipei. That toy was a duck standing on top of a slanted board.  When I saw the chubby, yellow duck moving down the board, I was so excited that I couldn't help shouting out happily. It was my first time seeing a real toy. Therefore, I couldn't sleep well for three days. I put it beside my pillow and hoped to see it whenever I opened my eyes. I even put it in the water to see whether it could float or not. It turned out that the toy duck couldn't float on the water like a real duck, especially a duck with feet. At age seven, I started to get my pocket money and saved it for a long time so that I could buy toys. When I had enough money for a toy, I picked a plastic water gun for myself. Now, I am 54 years old. This gun has accompanied me for a very long time. And the chubby duck always brings back childhood memories. Toys can really freeze the passing of time, make time stay at this moment and keep our minds pure.

Mr. Wen-Jing Jiang at his young age
Mr. Wen-Jing Jiang in his younger days

 

2006.11.6 The date on the original manuscript
2006.11.6 The date on the original manuscript


Original manuscript
Original manuscript