16. Bahá'í Literature in
There were several books and pamphlets in Chinese which had been
translated many years earlier on the mainland by Dr. Tsao Yun-siang, President
of Tsing Hua College, and Mr. Liu Chan-song. Dr. Tsao translated
Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era
, which was printed about 1931,
and Paris Talks of 'Abdu'l-Bahá
in 1932. Both men translated
Some Answered Questions
independently but Dr. Tsao's was printed. There
were other books and pamphlets. Due to the devastation of World War II, most of
the translated and printed books of Mr. Liu were lost with only a few copies of
his edition of The Hidden Words
that he had given away surviving. As for more
recent literature, a prayer book printed in Macau in 1956 and a pamphlet
printed in Kuching, Sarawak, in the mid-fifties was available. The early books
were not generally available to the Bahá'ís, as there weren't
As the Faith progressed it became increasingly important and necessary to have
literature in Chinese. With this in mind, in 1958 the National Assembly
appointed a Translation and Reviewing Committee. Mrs. Danielsen-Craig was
secretary of the committee, and although she couldn't speak Chinese she was
instrumental in getting the work done. Within two or three years several
pamphlets and books were produced.
The basic pamphlet first printed in Kuching was revised and reprinted in 1957.
Mr. Chu, who did this revision, worked on the committee for several years after
it was appointed.
Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era
was revised and reprinted in
1960. The committee printed 500 and gave one copy to every Bahá'í
in Taiwan. They had about sixty left which were immediately ordered by other
countries in South East Asia. It was decided to print an additional 1,000,
realizing how great the need was for literature in Chinese. A new prayer book
was printed in 1961 using prayers from the one printed in Macau and adding
some. The smaller one was also available.
By 1962 there were five basic pamphlets available in Chinese in Taiwan,
translated from ones in English: The Bahá'í Faith
, Basic Facts of the Bahá'í Faith
, Bahá'í Teacher's Manual
The old version of Paris Talks
by 'Abdu'l-Bahá was revised and
1,000 reprinted in 1963. It was printed again, 2,000 copies, in 1966. The New
was a new translation done by Mr. Tsao Li-shih printed in 1965. Also in
1965 another pamphlet, One Universal Faith
was printed, 1000 copies. It
was a good beginning.
The Taiwan Bahá'í Publishing Trust was established in 1972, The
number of books and the attractive quality of the printing is now
Some of the early pamphlets printed in Taiwan available by 1962.
Bahá'í Answers (lower left) was translated in 1958 by Mr. Mason
Yuan (Yuan Hien-hsien) who became a Bahá'í after being taught by
Mrs. Miriam (Mother) Haney in Washington D.C. many years earlier. That pamphlet
of 2500 copies was financed by the Taipei pioneers.