Yilan Community Development 3.0
Yuanshan Township’s Zhonghua Community
Zhonghua Village is a narrow strip of land located in southwestern Yuanshan Township. Provincial Highway 7A links up the four settlements in the community, Zailian, Cukeng, Lengshui, and Zhanglinglu. The area features rich butterfly habitats, placid lakes, and caves filled with graphite ore used to make pencil lead. Early Cukeng residents’ “revolving water allowance” method of water rationing is a model of community self-governance. As part of this project, the four dispersed settlements held oral history workshops, which helped to increase interaction between residents. The elderly men and women of the community shared their memories in a relaxed setting, and their words will be used to examine the community’s cultural and historical resources and development conditions.