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THCDC opens exhibition on coastal Hakka settlement artifacts

  • Source:客家文化發展中心
  • Publication Date:2022/07/30
  • Last updated:2022/11/14
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THCDC opens exhibition on coastal Hakka settlement artifacts 展示圖 A Group Photo Of Attendees At The Exhibition Opening Ceremony

An exhibition featuring stories and experiences of people in Xinpi and Jiadong townships of the Liugdui Hakka settlements will be held at Jiangong Quadrangle House, a traditional Hakka heritage site in Pingtung’s township of Xinpi, from July 30 to Oct. 31, 2022.

Xinpi and Jiadong are the only two coastal townships of the Liugdui settlements. Located in the southern bank of a river, the two townships were collectively called the “thirteen villages of southern bank,” Deputy Minister Chung Kung-chao (鍾孔炤) of Hakka Affairs Council said at the opening ceremony.

Local elders tell stories (from left Chief Zeng Qing-he (曾清和) of Nanfong Village, THCDC Director Ho, and HAC Deputy Minister Chung)

The exhibition, titled “Hang Liau: 13 Villages of Southern Bank,” is the result of a collaboration with THCDC and Academia Sinica, which provides 3D layers and visualization in GIS that present the developments of Xinpi and Jiadong townships from the late Qing dynasty (1987), the Japanese colonial era (1904), to nowadays, Director Ho Chin-liang (何金樑) of Taiwan Hakka Culture Development Center (THCDC) explained.

For the first time, the exhibition was curated by THCDC in collaboration with local residents, students, and teachers. The months-long display will be divided into two parts, with the first session highlighting the relationship of water with Xinpi township, where water resources are abundant.

Principal of Dacheng Elementary School leads students to present the journey of artistic creation to Deputy Minister Chung (from left Principal Zhong Xiu-feng (鍾秀鳳), Deputy Minister Chung)

The exhibition will showcase water-inspired works co-created by artist Wang Yen-chen (王彥臻), students and staff of Dacheng Elementary School, and local residents to give the viewers a perspective to rethink the relationship between water and human beings.

Everyday items and old photographs will also be displayed at the exhibition, illustrating the landscape and lifestyle of the settlements to offer glimpses into how Hakka people adapted to different environments in the past.

Director Ho explains the 3D layers of Hakka settlements in different eras in GIS

The opening ceremony was joined by Hakka singer-songwriter Yan Zhi-wen (顏志文) as well as students from local elementary and junior high schools, who performed Hakka songs together.

A number of local elders and village chiefs also attended the event to tell their stories and share memories of the early days of the village, such as the disappearing folklore of “watching bowls,” “banana houses” and “watermelon houses.”

Deputy Minister Chung asks Director-General Hsieh Chiu-lang (謝秋郎) of Xinpi Jiangong Community Development Association about the display