Year One for Regional Revitalization


2019 / May

Ivan Chen /tr. by Phil Newell

In response to such issues as an aging population and low birthrates, the Executive Yuan has declared 2019 “year one” of its regional revitalization policy, hoping to recharge local economies through development strategies that integrate community develop­ment, local industries and the cultural and creative industries.

In this month’s Cover Story, we look at regional revitalization efforts in townships across Taiwan. We visit “co-living com­muni­ties” to explore the transition from “living together” to “co-living.” We examine how locally rooted Ta­beru magazines integrate food, agri­culture, arts and travel to stimulate urban‡rural exchanges and revive local economies. And we go to the little town of Zhu­shan, which is turning around its local industries and attracting young people to return home, creating a new recipe for renewal that has even been exported overseas.

The most beautiful things in Taiwan are based on good­hearted­ness. The mothers of the group “Parks and Playgrounds for Children by Children” mobilize through social media to influence the renovation of playground equipment by government agencies. We also tell the story of “Super-Doctor” Hsu Chao-pin, who used to travel over 1000 kilometers a week to watch over the health of remote communities in southern Taitung County.

On the ­Penghu Islands, O2 Lab fashions marine debris into artworks, while on Taiwan proper the group RE-THINK promotes beach cleaning islandwide. Taiwanese people’s unique enthusiasm is also expressed in Wan­jin’s Madonna procession, which in­corporates local culture into Christian worship and was officially designated a cultural asset in 2012. In 2018 the procession was held in conjunction with an event at a nearby Taoist temple, bringing together the Virgin Mary and Mazu and providing further evidence of the diversity and inclusiveness of Taiwanese society.

In the Indian epic poem the Ra­ma­yana, the monkey god Ha­nu­man travels with Rama to battle the demon king Ra­vana. In Southeast Asia, heroic Ha­nu­man is a household name. Some scholars say the monkey king Sun Wu­kong in Journey to the West is based on Ha­nu­man. Others even argue that Mo­mo­taro, the “peach boy” of Japanese folklore, is derived from him. We visit this monkey god at the Children’s Creative Center of the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, and see how he teaches children about diverse elements of Asian culture.

We also report on the commemorative activities for the late Kung Te-­cheng, senior lineal descendant of Confucius. These stories take us on surprising and enriching journeys into Taiwan’s culture. Thanks to your support, we are not alone on this path of bringing the beauty of Taiwan to light.

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在離島澎湖,則有改造海廢為藝術品的「O2 Lab海漂實驗室」,也有在台推動環島淨灘的民間團體「RE-THINK」;而彰顯台灣人獨有熱情的,還有融入在地民俗的屏東萬金聖母遊行,這活動除了在2012年被登錄為「民俗及有關文物」信仰類文化資產外,2018年更破天荒地與附近的道教宗天宮合辦「當東方聖母遇見西方聖母:讓愛起飛」活動,印證了台灣社會的多元與包容。

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離島の澎湖で海洋ごみをアート作品に変える「O2 Lab海漂実験室」と台湾の海岸線でのビーチクリーン活動を続ける「RE-THINK」も忘れてはならない。また、地域文化と融合する屏風県万金の聖母マリアの巡行は、2012年に「民俗及び文物関連」の文化財に指定されたほか、2018年には近隣の道教の宗天宮と合同で「東方聖母が西方聖母に会う」を催し、台湾社会の多様性と寛容性を際立たせた。

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