Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages
Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages
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Yunlin County Linnei Township Linbei Community
Linbei Community-Rice
Linbei Community-Rice
Wayside pavilion at Yunlin County Linnei Township Linbei Community
Wayside pavilion at Yunlin County Linnei Township Linbei Community

     The main economic activity of the unsophisticated Linbei Community is still farming. The Zhuoshui River makes the soil extremely fertile and the residents can use its water for irrigation, making their rice excellent in nature.

     One third of the Linbei Community’s residents are Hakka, and their customs and traditions are, to a large extent, influenced by Hakka culture. You can often hear residents spontaneously humming Hakka mountain songs between settlements; women exchange Hakkanese cuisine recipes in the kitchens; during slack times in farming the farmers gather underneath the magnolia to discuss their family business. These are the interesting elements of the villagers’ lives, and also part of the Linbei Community’s settlement culture.

     For the residents of Linbei, their everyday normal conversations, their mundane labor, and their customs, all of which have become a natural interaction for them, are the most important resource for the community. After it participated in the Soil and Water Conservation Bureau’s revitalization and training program, the Linbei gained a notion of and desire to protect regional resources and its unique cultural characteristics. It also went a step further in making this notion an impetus for residents to rally together for action. While the residents lacked knowledge about community building at the beginning of this program, they gradually gained a desire to do their utmost for Linbei. They made efforts to acquire new knowledge and showed great fervor in participating in related courses and activities. In conversations during community meetings, residents were eager to express their opinions and ideas concerning community planning. In these plans three greater unique elements were integrated into the vision which arose as a result of these discussions: a desire for development deriving from the building of water conservation facilities, the preservation of the brush-footed butterflies, and the insured continuance for the next generation of traditional tobacco building architecture.

     With the care provided by this diverse ethnic culture, rich natural resources and revitalization and training program, the Linbei Community gradually developed its own unique community characteristics. These characteristics are not the result of the old historical architecture the area possesses and the high value agricultural products, not to mention tourism and leisure. The community possesses its own warmth and charm, and it is precisely because of this intangible sense of cohesion that traditional tobacco buildings are preserved and have their own clear value, and that the papayas, strawberries, and rice have a rich fragrance which one can smell from a distance. It is also why travelers who come to this community can find rest and relaxation among groups of butterflies fluttering through the air.