Come and have fun at Fuyuan!
In July of 2014, members of TCU SCLove launched a training program for young children of Fuyuan Primary on food & farming education and information communication. They collaborated with the school to choose 17 promising candidates and trained them into competent local guide of Fuyuan. As part of the program, a tour was arranged on Dec. 20, where the young proteges would be guiding their trainers, the members of TCU SCLove, through the community they are born and raised in.
The history of Fuyuan community can be traced back to 1875, when the Qing dynasty implemented a policy against the indigenous tribes known as “Opening Mountains and Comforting Savages”. Not only were troops stationed at Fuyuan, many immigrants from western Tangshan settled here as well. A composition of Hakka, Minnan and Taiwanese Aboriginals greatly contributed to the cultural dynamics of the community. “During Shing Wong’s (a Taoist deity) birthday, Bao’an Temple would host events like drum arrays,” one of the young tour guide said. With keen observations of the community, these little tour guides presented in words the exciting facets of the community to their guests. “They are very professional at their work,” exclaimed Tsai Po-I, a first-year student in communication studies. “Although they get nervous sometimes, these young tour guides pulled through in introducing the cultural characteristics of the community. I believe they have spend a lot of time to prepare.”
In this micro-tour hosted by TCU SCLove and Fuyuan Primary, a series of games were designed to fully exhibit the various aspects of local culture: kiting with rice stem kites, post cards of local sceneries, retrace the memories of local shrines, and treasure hunt at Bao’an Temple etc. Liu Hsin-Yen, a third-year student in social work, was in charge of event organization. He believes that, through micro-tourism like this one, the youths would have an opportunity to understand in depth the culture of their community, and in turn share it with the world.
Each tour guide, stationed at various locations, has to repeat their stories whenever a new group arrives. As exhausting as it may be, everyone had fun. “It was great to share the landscape and history of my community with these big brothers and sisters. I hope that everyone can love Fuyuan the way we do,” said Lin Yu-Jou of Fuyuan Primary. “The training of little reporters prepared me to be a tour guide without getting too nervous. I am glad to spend an entire morning tour guiding the big brothers and sisters,” said Chen Yu-Hsiang of Fuyuan Primary.
The guests, after a morning of games and fun, had a change of pace in the afternoon. They experienced hand-dyeing and Hakka drums, and took a stroll along the trails of the Butterfly Valley to appreciate natural sceneries. “The guide and interpretation of these young guides allowed me to grasp the culture and historical context of Fuyuan community. It is more than meets the eye.” Said Chen Chiao-Hsuan, a first-year student of social work.
As winter vacation approaches, we would like to invite you to join us at Fuyuan
Text/Photo: TCU SCLove
English Translation: Fang Kai-Ping