1. […] Zìzhù New Village 自助新村 is perhaps the most well-known of Zuoying’s military dependents’ villages as it was taken over by artists and transformed into a minor attraction much like the fabled Rainbow Village of Taichung 台中. The village I wandered through, East Zìzhù New Village 東自助新村 (if Google Maps can be trusted), was neither covered in art nor abandoned and left to the elements. Actually, the north end of the village was very lively, with children running through the streets, old people meandering down laneways with soft smiles on their faces, and the fragrant scent of home cooking in the air. Overall it felt like a neighbourhood that still had a bit of life in it yet, totally unlike many of the military villages I have visited in Taiwan. […]

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