The days of Kaohsiung known as a cultural desert are almost over, at least when it comes to modern culture… Contemporary venues for culture and the arts are in constant development, local creativespaces are popping up around town, the Pier-2 Artist In Residence program regularly welcomes foreign artists, and it feels like there’s always some festivals or events going on, however modest they may be.
The Huffington Post featured a refreshing story about two Atayal 泰雅 tribe members, who’ve been re-kindling ancestral practices of farming indigenous varieties of plants, which have proved more resilient, than other so-called improved crops, in adapting to the ever changing climate.
From the video, one of the article’s protagonists appears to come from the village of Smangus 司馬庫斯, in Hsinchu county. A place known for its success in preserving local aboriginal culture all while rejuvenating the local economy through sound development of tourism. You can learn more about it here, and here.