Famed for its sweet Osmanthus syrup, Nanzhuang in Miaoli County attracts large crowds of tourists during weekends; however, this lively little town in Miaoli has one secret very few people know about. Located in the mountains of Miaoli, Nanzhuang lacks educational resources and the highest level of educational institution available is junior high. The fact that many young people leave the area to work and study causes a serious outflow of young people. Fortunately, one group of college youngsters carrying a dream and expertise returned back to Nanzhuang this summer with a plan to regenerate the area.
The youngsters started with literally nothing and have personally built Salt and Light Workshop (盐和光工作室) one step at a time. The venue currently hosts a variety of art classes to provide a diverse arts experience to residents and children. All their hard effort has won the hearts and minds of parents and elders in the community and at the weekend market, which includes a jumble sale, a group of women from the community provides much-needed support. Passionate about the next generation’s education and in creating a new future for the community, these youngsters have returned home armed with a new kind of power to topple the disparity between urban and rural areas.
Building a dreamland in one’s homeland