Yilan Community Development 3.0
Wujie Township’s Dazhong Community
Dazhong Community is colloquially known as One Hundred Jia. Jia is a unit of area equal to about one hectare. An old saying goes, “Plant one hundred jia, 400 workers and 92 cows, nap under a pine tree, life in Maozailiao”, which evokes the large size of this settlement. Dazhong Village got its name from local Dazhong Temple, and is now known as Dazhong Community. The Dongshan and Lanyang Rivers both flow into the Pacific Ocean here. Residents are primarily farmers, who in their spare time bring out their simple bamboo rafts, sampans, and duck herding boats to catch fish or shrimp in their nets. For this phase of the project, the community is focusing on local life and agriculture education experiences. They invited Wu Chen-fang from Yilan’s Little Sun Children’s Performance Group to hold a performance art training course and encouraged local residents to participate in the community theater group. Performances were based on scripts written about the community’s own stories, which help to build a collective identity among residents.