Hsu Hsuehchi Bio
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Caption：lookout for farming and defense in Lin Ben Yuan Mansion and Garden of Banqiao: guan jia hall
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Caption：recreational building by the water in Lin Ben Yuan Mansion and Garden of Banqiao: yue po shui xie
The head of the Banqiao Lin family, Lin Weiyuan, was the richest man in Qing Dynasty Taiwan, known as “Lin of Banqiao” or “Lin of Taiwan” within China, famous for his wealth. He broke his ancestor's, Lin Pinghou, record, raising the family's status through donations, and soaring to the rank of second-grade capital official. After Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895, the head and second- ranking member of the Lin family chose to go to China, after which Lin Xiongzheng (林熊徵), Lin Xiongxiang (林熊祥), and Lin Xiongguang (林熊光) chose to take Japanese citizenship, and Lin Weiyuan, and Lin Erjia (林爾嘉), father and son, chose to assume Chinese nationality, and development was achieved in both place. Their descendants still did business with Taiwan at the center.
In the Japanese Colonial Period, the Banqiao Lin family was still active in commerce. In the period from 1909- 1930, the Lin family continued to found many companies, including sugar, rice, oil, mining, steel, credit, and every other kind of concern. While their official connections were lacking compared to the Qing Dynasty, under the management of the 6th generation family head, Lin Hsiungcheng, the family was still well-regarded. In 1909, he founded the Lin Ben Yuan Family Sugar Company (林本源製糖會社), and then founded the Taiwan Nichinichi Shimpo (臺灣日日新報, Taiwan Daily Newspaper), the Japanese Colonial Development Company (日本拓殖株式會社), and other firms, and invested in the China Hubei Hanyeping Company (中國湖北漢冶萍公司), which was run by Sheng Xuanhuai (盛宣懷), his father-in-law, and Taiwan Hua Nan Bank (華南銀行).
After the Second World War, the Nationalist Government kept its distance from gentry who had maintained close relations with the Taiwan Governor-General's Office during the Japanese Colonial Period, and in 1946 Lin Hsiungcheng was investigated and imprisoned due to the “Taiwanese Self-Government Incident (臺灣自治事件)” (also known as the Taiwanese Independence Incident). After the 1950s, Lin Xiongxiang, Lin Hengdao (林衡道), Lin Boshou (林柏壽), Lin Mingcheng (林明成), and others, displayed their talents in the areas of government, commerce, and education.
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