Digitizing the Memorial: Institutional and Vernacular Remembrances of the Taiwanese 921 Earthquake and Typhoon Morakot

  • Chiaoning Su
  • Paige L. Gibson
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


Although advances in meteorology and seismology continue to improve warning technologies, natural disasters remain a threat. Asia is the continent hit most often by natural disasters. Located in both the Pacific Rim seismic zone and the western Pacific typhoon zone, Taiwan shares the threats of its Asian counterparts. In the past two decades alone, Taiwanese people have been faced not only with the 921 Earthquake in 1999, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that took 2,455 lives and caused US$10.9 billion in economic losses; they also experienced Typhoon Morakot in 2009 and saw its massive rain-triggered landslides, burying more than 700 people in several rural villages and causing US$1.5 billion in economic losses (Huang, 2009). Dubbed the ‘disasters of the century’ by the media, the 921 Earthquake and Typhoon Morakot were not only responsible for the highest economic losses, physical destruction and death toll of any natural disasters in Taiwan’s recent history, but they also left a painful and unforgettable scar on both the landscape and the people of Taiwan.


Natural Disaster Prospective Memory Collective Memory Narrative Analysis Social Memory 
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