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Fondly recalling the army military dependents' villages: retelling the bamboo fence story

Fondly recalling the army military dependents' villages: retelling the bamboo fence story

The culture of military dependents' villages is a unique product of Taiwan and a valuable social asset.Fondly Recalling the Army Military Dependents' Villages
published by the Ministry of National Defense in November of this year (2007).,depicts the background and development of the military dependents' villages, their distribution, the times when they were built and their appearance and atmosphere. Visits to military dependents' villages and interviews with residents were used to compile 42 accounts that portray colorful events of the past vividly and capture the life stories of many old soldiers and family members living within the bamboo fences.
Fondly Recalling the Army Military Dependents' Villages tells the story of 600,000 mainlanders who came to Taiwan in the wake of the upheavals of 1949 and recounts how, after having been thrown together for a long period in the military dependents' villages, their different dialects, habits and customs merged to form a new culture. At a time when war and turmoil had caused countless separations and reunions, the military dependents' villages formed strong communities.
The soldiers and their dependents arriving in Taiwan had to endure difficult conditions and live in crude dwellings with cement walls and simple tile roofs. A distinctive "bamboo fence culture" emerged from the collective management style of these makeshift communities. Some of the Army military dependents' villages of the times adopted the style of the dependents' villages used during the Japanese occupation, while others consisted of "emergency houses" built by military logistics forces or were built with funds raised by the National Women's League.
The names of some military dependents' villages give a glimpse of the troops' places of origin: Whampoa New Village, Army Officer School, Kaohsiung Five-Nine New Village and Army Five-Nine Hospital." In general, however, the names of Army military dependents' villages have a dignified, imposing tone in keeping with the Army's heroic, martial stance. Because the Army is the leading branch of the armed forces and has the greatest number of fighting men of any service, the majority of military dependents' villages in Taiwan are affiliated with the Army.
With the passage of time, the military dependents' village culture that coalesced in Taiwan more than sixty years ago in a time of sad partings is gradually fading from the stage of history. The military dependents' villages brought together people from different ethnic groups who spoke different languages and had different lifestyles, cultures and religious beliefs. After an extended period in this melting-pot environment, residents established a diverse and colorful culture all their own. We hope that society will do its best to preserve this culture and ensure that the glorious legacy of the military dependents' villages is passed down to posterity.


Updated : 2021-05-12 04:40 GMT+08:00