積澱城郊文化底蘊 翻轉‧創生 街區博物館
To Establish Street Museums via Revitalizing the Value of Long-Time Ignored Suburban-Business Culture Base
Culture-Based Local Revitalization and Promotion: Tainan City vs. Yuejin
Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology
This project intends to achieve two goals. One is to promote the revitalization of suburban-business culture. The other is to have students learn how to participate in social activities and take their responsibility as civil citizens. It will start with caring the phenomena of “culture collapse” identified in Five-Channel Harbor and Yuejin Harbor. These two sites were used to be the two icons for suburban-business culture in Ching Dynasty. As time passed, the original channels have become the underground water channel due to the city development. Fortunately, the overall landscape still remains. Therefore, it is urgent to reserve the suburban-business cultural asset and make it last for good. However, this project will not focus on rebuilding the suburban-business culture. It plans to let students learn to take social responsibility through experiencing coexistence of old and modern culture, and to cooperate with local associations to reshape and revitalize the suburban-business culture.
In Tainan City where our university located, the suburban-business culture, which used to be core of the Taiwan economic in Ching Dynasty, has been ignored for a long time. In this project, we have collaborated with local communities in Tainan City (as the 1st in suburban-business trade) and our partner’s Yuejin (as the 4th) as our targets. Among them, three in Tainan City, including Beishih St. (now Shennong St.) which was the center of Five-channel harbor, Shinyi St. located next to the North Factory (official shipyard), and Mingsheng Green Garden in downtown, and the 4th is Chiaonan old street next to Yuejin Harbor. We began with getting city and suburban memory back through cooperating with local associations and training students to focus on related issues in classes. Next, deep in with the students from the Competence-Based Autonomous Self Learning courses, we will reshape its culture base to revitalize each local community.
In this project, each of the four communities has different problems. In Shennong St., the issue is cultural-related, such as the ignored suburban-business culture, life-style culture and channel remains. In Shinyi St, the concerns are the almost-destroyed old street landscape and the weakening cultural identification among the young generation. The issues in Minsheng Green Garden are the religious diversity, aging community and alienation between the elderly and the youth. Although the landscape has been renovated in Chiaonan old street, its cultural base is still missing. In addition, problems such as non-local business monopolizing the Yuejin Lantern Festival, and the young emigration, are found in Chiaonan community. Based on the analyses provided by one 2017 project, the lack of cultural base is the common problem identified among these four communities. Therefore, lacking cultural base will be the problem this project intends to resolve.
We have focused on the lack of cultural base, a common problem among these four communities. We intends to resolve the problem with local communities through students’ participation. In Shennong St., by cooperating with Tainan Cultural Association, the Five-Channel Cultural Hall will be established. Besides, there will be street activities, lantern expo, journal publication of old house history, and new brand creation. In Shinyi St, we will work with Puji Culture and History Research Association to build a tech platform for alley culture and tech guide. In Minsheng Green Garden, via cooperating with Tainan Neighbor-Caring Association, a data base for historical stories, the western religion route in Tainan City and a co-learning platform for the elderly and youth will be created. As in Chiaonan old street, it will work with the community plan to establish a local theater, tourist centers and routes for cycling and firecracker-watching.
Known as Kyoto of Taiwan, Tainan City has the most cultural assets in Taiwan. However, its cultural base has not been well-reserved and -highlighted. The values of precious heritage such as suburban-business trade, the rare artificial channel and business settlement, and the channel-street-mixed landscape, were hardly recognized for long periods. However, through our cultural-memory promotion, people have become more awareness of these cultural assets. Therefore, in this project, we expect to reach a goal of establishing street museums in these four communities by applying high-tech VR experience and brand-building skills in 3 to 5 years. Eventually, the rest of numerous cultural assets in Tainan City can also become street museums and the goal of culture-based revitalization can be achieved.