Chih-Shan-Yen is a range that is possessed of a cultural heritage site. Not only is it the important location where the internecine strife between Zhangzhou and Quanzhou ethnicities happened, but is also the cradle of Taiwanese education during the Japanese colonial era. “The Great Tomb” on top of Chih-Shan-Yen is where local religious and folk-custom activities take place each year. When we first entered the field area, many elderlies from the temple found it weird that we, the younger generations, would join religious activities. Well, year by year, as we participated in the Zhongyuan Pudu event, and brought students on walking tours, they started to remember that we are the team from SCU. They are glad that younger people are willing to write down and pass on the tradition.
The Yu-Nong Village was once a village of the Intelligence Agency. It was named after “Dai Yu-nong”, the Director of the Intelligence that Chiang Kai-shek entrusted the most. Before entering the field area, villagers were not used to joining activities, the chairman of the management committee, Mr. Wen, often point out that villagers here are impassive, and was worried that they wouldn’t participate. However, we held our first activity, “Plant Plot DIY”, three years ago. Mr. Wen worked very hard convincing villagers to join, and by holding more and more, villagers started to see our kindness; thereafter, activities were fully booked in a wink. Last Mid-Autumn Festival, there were more than 200 people who attended our “Military Village Food Sharing Party”.
Shilin Jiou-Jie is the area nearby MRT Shilin Station. In the past, after the destruction of the internecine strife, time went by and the land recovered, local organizations like Shennong Temple, You-Ying-Gong-Ma Temple, and Kuo-Yuan-Ye Bakery, all had great impact on the Jiou-Jie area. The USR project team visited local people from the temple and custom craftsmen to record oral history, and put a lot of unique history into writings. We also collaborated with Shennong Temple, and invited local seniors and folklore experts to give speeches about the history of Shilin.
After the destruction of the internecine strife, the Pan family gathered people to help reconstruct the Shin-Jie area, which is the neighbor nearby Shilin night market nowadays. The reconstruction is centered on Cixian Temple and the Pan family historical residence, surrounded by Da-Dong, Xi, Nan, Bei road, and Xiao- Dong, Xi, Nan, Bei road, the eight major pathways. It became a major market center with the Qing Dynasty. The USR project team often held walking tours that are themed with Shilin Public Market, Cixian Temple, and local featured stores, letting students realize that Shilin has more than just a night market.