2017 / September
Lynn Su /photos courtesy of Lin Min-hsuan /tr. by Robert Green
Leaving behind the din of the Gongguan traffic circle and turning into Lane 119 off Section 4 of Roosevelt Road, the noise of the city instantly fades and the sweltering heat drops by one or two degrees. The single-story houses of the Toad Hill community are nestled in close rows against the hillside. In summer, this area on the southern outskirts of the Taipei Basin is alive with the sounds of insects and birds. On spring evenings, fireflies flicker, old folk chat on benches, and the clatter of stir-fry cooking fills the air. A village landscape comes to life—complete with communal melon trellises and vegetable gardens, and the leafy shade of the hillside—a world apart from the nearby bustle of the city.