Yilan Community Development 3.0
Yuanshan Township’s Jietoufen Community
Jietoufen Community, located in northeastern Yuanshan Township, is the home of Taiwanese opera and holds an irreplaceable cultural status. In order to preserve and pass on Taiwanese opera culture, the community operates a self-funded Taiwanese Opera Troupe. During scheduled talks, elderly opera fans shared their memories of opera performances from their youth, including night performances in front of the temple and harvest celebrations featuring local farmers as a thank you to the gods. During the Japanese Occupation, opera singers would try to evade the police with their straw sleeping mats rolled up under their arm. A storybook was published to depict some of these exciting scenes from Taiwanese Opera history. Currently the Taiwanese Opera Troupe lacks a permanent rehearsal and performance space. The community hopes to set up a Jietoufen Opera Culture Museum to revitalize this Taiwanese cultural treasure.