Constructing the material civilizations were the symbols of modernization in Taiwan during the Japanese ruling Era. Electricity power was one of the most important infrastructures. How did the establishment of electricity come about? The electrical engineer did play an important role in constructing the electric facilities, how did they learn the professional knowledge and how did they practice it? What kind of professional discipline they learned at schools? What kinds of languages were important for them to learn the professional knowledge and practice it?
This paper aims to solve these problems by analyzing the case of Taiwan Power Company. The periodical of this company, Tai Den Sha Ho (The Tai Den Gazette, 1919-1944), provided a communication platform for their engineers, especially for the mechanical, civil and electrical engineers. By means of it, they built a connection of network of the electricity knowledge. The resource of their professional knowledge was from multiple sources. Except from the publications, the experience based on the practice at work was as important as what they learned from books. To strengthen their expertise, the engineers went to Japan, the motherland of colony, and went to America, the advanced country, to learn the newest electrical knowledge.
This paper comes to the conclusion that English is the basic bridge for the Taiwan Power engineers to keep up with the advanced knowledge of electricity. From this aspect, America and Europe were pioneering regions of the knowledge resource of electricity, and Japan is the second center. But the engineers in the periphery, namely, Taiwan, were not only receivers from the center, they were also practitioners in the periphery of electrical knowledge. Moreover, Taiwan Power engineers brought their electrical knowledge to other regions during the wartime (1940s), e.g., the South-China and the south-east Asia. That is to say, Taiwan became a new center of electrical knowledge for some regions while it was the periphery of America, Europe and the Japanese Empire.