Yilan Community Development 3.0
Dongshan Township’s Zhenzhu Community
Zhenzhu Community is located along the Dongshan River, where residents primarily grow rice and vegetables. Surrounded by a bamboo forest, it has the look of a traditional Yilan farming village. As a rice growing community, Zhenzhu began using straw as a craft material quite early in its history and now hosts the Straw Arts Festival and straw handicraft classes. In order to preserve their traditional rice-growing culture, village elders were invited to share their related knowledge and experience. A village schoolhouse was also set up as a permanent space in which children and their parents could learn about local traditions, such as rice cookery, folk medicines, and straw crafts to ensure life-long learning in the community.