2017 / March
Chen Chun-fang /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Darryl Sterk
As you approach the Atayal indigenous village of Qingquan in Wufeng Township, Hsinchu County, you see a little church nestled in verdant hills, its gray walls decorated with stained-glass windows. Against a cloudy sky, the Holy Cross Catholic Church is conspicuous yet reserved. Its historical ambiance seems to make time stand still, conveying a sense of serenity. For Father Barry Martinson, the keeper of this church, and the village of Qingquan, 40 serene years have passed as if in the blink of an eye.