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He blazed the trail. The next steps are up to us.

Historical relics are the tangible form of culture and they contain the wisdom and experience of our ancestors; we will no longer be able to know the past and see the future when these historical relics are damaged.
In 1960, when Chi-Kun, Lee, nearly 30 years old at the time, saw that the historical relics carrying the civilization and national spirit of human beings were abandoned in second-hand stores and left to be deteriorated, he began the operation of rescuing these relics.
Mr. Lee was born in Yilan Country of Taiwan; his parents got into financial problems and he had to leave home when he was barely 15 years old to wander in the streets of Taipei without shelter and proper meals. With his self-motivated attitude, Mr. Lee has read through the entire library collection several times and borrowed TWD $5000 from his friend to begin the business of equipment for flower bouquets. Lee first became involved with ethnological relics from work and he has devoted everything into cultural works since the age of 35.

Mr.Lee scrimped and saved just to purchase historical relics from the north to the south and he would not hesitate of spending big money on relics especially those with important cultural significance as he did not want to see another piece of relic become missing from the human history; with such devotion for more than 40 years, he has collected nearly twenty thousand relics.
For the past 20 years, we have traveled without a single halt for the construction of the museum; the Taiwan Ethnological Museum Foundation was established in 2017,taking a crucial step towards the formation of the museum.

The days of deities are infinite yet the lives of human beings are very limited; ethnological relics are the common cultural treasure of all mankind, and we hope to display all of them as early as possible, allowing them to be the bridge between the past and the future, and the bridge between different nations, thereby facilitating the peace among each other.
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