One of the most creative forms of protest in the recent history of Taiwan came from an 87 year old man who was in a battle with the government about having his home demolished. We are in Taichung and are eager to visit the Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村). A beautiful creation of Mr. Huang Yong-Fu and a perfect example of how a protest done right is really effective.
Originally from Hong Kong, mr. Huang joined the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army in 1946 to fight communist troops in mainland China during the civil war. When the KMT was defeated in 1949, many troops followed its leader, Chiang Kai-shek, as he fled to Taiwan. They were given temporary housing in hundreds of dedicated military villages across the island, a stop-gap while the nationalists regrouped. As the communists tightened their grip on the mainland, these temporary homes became permanent.
After living in Taiwan for more than 60 years, the city government in Taichung decided it was time for the military village mr. Huang lived in to be torn down. Mr. Huang came up with an artistic way to protest. He started to paint. With bright colors he painted his entire home, the eleven abandoned neighboring homes and the pathways surrounding them.
Due to pictures that had been put online the Rainbow Village was in short time well known throughout Taiwan and became a tourist destination. Mr. Huang’s peaceful protest gained so much sympathy from around the country that the plans to tear down the village were revised.
Rainbow city is an interesting, picturesque place, great to visit early in the morning to skip the crowds.
Address: 台中市南屯區春安路56巷 在台中嶺東科技大學旁