Let the Photos Tell the Story — Part 9

The commonplace Silvery Messer schmidia is soft yet keeps its shape, so the inmates often used it to fabricate diving goggles. Because the shape of the face is unique to each individual, the shape of each pair of goggles had to be made to fit. Quite a few pairs were made by a number of New Lifers, who were able to find materials ready to hand and could painstakingly fashion them, whereupon they could find the chance to surreptitiously go diving to catch fish and shells. (produced by Auyang Wen,reproduced by Taiwan Art-in Design Company) 

With this fan made of turkey feathers, inmates could fan away the days. (provided by Huang Kuang-hai, reproduced by Taiwan Art-in Design Company) 

Astrological chart Painted by former National Taiwan University Hospital ophthalmologist Hu Hsin-lin during his ten-year term, now held by his son, the violinist Hu Nai-yaun. (provided by Hu Nai-yuan, reproduced by Taiwan Art-in Design Company)

When Tu Nan-shan was transferred from the Martial Law Section to the Green Island New Life Correction Center, he secreted in two books, a Japanese translation of the Bible, and Yanaihara Tadao’s Life of Jesus. Seperated into ten parts and wrapped in oxskin paper, the Life of Jesus was hidden away in a grass hut in the mountaintop production squad or in the cracks of the rock walls of the New Life Center. Using spare time during a nearly ten-year-long sentence, Mr. Tu laboriously translated the book, which underwent nine revisions. When he finished his term, he took his manuscript with him. In 1987 the Chinese edition of Life of Jesus was published by Taiwan Gospel Publishing. (provided by Tu Nan-shan, reproduced by Taiwan Art-in Design Company)

Wu Shui-teng created this piece of photo handiwork. (provided by Wu Shui-teng, reproduced by Taiwan Art-in Design Company)

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