TAIPEI 2023 – 39th Asian International Stamp Exhibition is held on August 11-15, 2023, at Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1. In keeping with the theme of “Art Day,” Chunghwa Post has issued a set of two stamps, based on Yu Kwang-chung’s poem “Passing Fangliao Town” and Xu Di-shan’s prose piece “The Peanut.” Adopting the style of wood-block print, these stamps impart a real sense of native art. Printed in intaglio combined with offset, they showcase exquisite printing techniques. A simple description of the stamps follows:1.NT$8 stamp: This stamp is inspired by Yu Kwang-chung’s “Passing Fangliao Town”: “Rain falls softly on Pingtung’s sugarcane fields/ Sweet, sweet sugarcane; sweet, sweet rain…Rain falls softly on Pingtung’s banana trees/ Sweet, sweet banana; sweet, sweet rain…”Sugarcane and bananas are both important traditional cash crops that symbolize the rustic simplicity of the Taiwan countryside.2.NT$28 stamp: This stamp refers to Xu Di-shan’s “The Peanut” in which his father said, “Be like peanuts which are useful, and not grand, flamboyant stuff.” The young Xu Di-shan concurred, “So we should be useful rather than flashy show-offs.” Father said, “Yes, that is my hope for you.” This stamp conveys the prose piece’s essential substance and lasting significance.
(1) First Day Cover (195 mm × 120 mm): NT$3 apiece(2) Folder (with or without mount): NT$8 apiece(3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece(4) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$8-denominated stamp: NT$11 apiece(5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps: NT$39 apieceTo purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, Postal Museum or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw.