Master Chang is Ri Xing Type Foundry’s CEO. The 60-year-old craftsman has been in the family printing business since the age of 19. He is currently the only person in Taiwan that does typecasting, typesetting, and printing in the traditional way. Master Chang is very familiar with the structure, the character, or the spirit of the Chinese letter, as well as typesetting regular script, the Song typeface, to bold type..
Taiwan’s letter-printing industry has seen a sharp recession since 1980s. Till 2008, there were only 4 lead type manufacturers that existed throughout Taiwan. Currently, Ring Xi is the only one remaining. With the future of the type foundry industry so uncertain, Chang is still adamant about keeping the tradition alive.
Nowadays, there is a new trend of reintroducing traditional arts and crafts back to mainstream culture. Master Chang is eager to share the traditional way of printing Chinese characters with all, as it is the easiest way to appreciate the beauty of traditional Chinese characters.