Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages
Promoting Regeneration of Rural Villages
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Taitung County Luye Township Yong-An Community
Hot air balloon at Yongan Community
Hot air balloon at Yongan Community
Luye Township Yongan Community
Luye Township Yongan Community

     The Yong-An Community is situated in Taitung County’s Luye Township. The earliest people to inhabit the Luye region were the Amei Tribe. At this time, the Amei Tribe referred to this land as “Wulugan,” which means the area of maple trees and wild deer. During the Qing Dynasty, this region was part of Taidong Zhilizhou (administered directly by Beijing) Guang Township. The place known as the Luliao Community was listed as the home of the Amei Tribe, and is the predecessor of the Yong-An Village’s Yongchang Tribe. In texts the name Luliao appeared until the fourth year of the Taisho Period (1915). It was then when Japan established the two villages of Luye and Luliao in this area, and this is the first time the name Luye appeared, and the name of Luliao referred to the present Yong-An Village.

     As a result of a complete change in the social environment, Luliao has already been transformed from an agrarian society of old to an area which is home to both the farming and leisure industries. Luliao, which in the past was home to large numbers of wild deer, is at present a leisure industry base which sees tens of thousands of tourists every year. However, in this traditional rural village community which was faced with the challenges presented by these changes in its status, the residents still conscientiously participated in community works but lacked overall operational management, sales integration, and other notions, which resulted in the ineffective use of community resources.

     In light of this fact, from 2001 the Yong-An Community Development Association started to promote an overall community building effort. They accepted grants and guidance from the Executive Yuan Council of Agriculture’s Soil and Water Conservation Bureau. This led to revitalization in the community. Not only did it improve community participation, it also renewed the community’s spirit of cohesiveness. Contemporaneously, it improved the visibility of this community. In 2007 the community was honored with being one of Taiwan’s Top Ten Rural Villages. It was the only village in Taitung to receive this award.