After the 921 Earthquake, Nei-Hu Elementary School was devastated 137 students and teachers combined to together to explore possibilities for creating and weaving the dream of a truly ‘natural’ school.
On September 22, 1999, we saw fallen buildings in the dark. 400 dead and more than 6000houses collapsed. This is the story of 3 residents of Dong-Shih Dynasty: how they dealt with their losses, and how they found the courage to start over.
Wu Shi-xiong had a dream for a home, but his wife and kids did not want to be with him. After the 921 Earthquake, when the temporary shelters were completed, everybody moved into their new homes happily. But Wu’s problems were unsolved.
The 921 Earthquake devastated Central Taiwan and created a new lake in the middle of Tsao Ling. It has become the tourist attraction. The new business brought along new hopes for the local inhabitants. But the threat of a big flood remains.
After the earthquake, we came to Guo Xing Village and met Grandma for the first time. She came from Hai Nan Island and was more than 70 years old. For grandma, life is a little more peaceful now, but of what the future holds, she cannot tell.
Because of the earthquake, children now live in tents put up at the school’s playground. The school buildings have fallen down. The only thing that has not changed is the sound of recitation coming from under the temple.
Dong-Shih is a typical Hakka village in the central part of Taiwan with a population of sixty thousand. The 921 Earthquake devastated the hundred-year-old Jiang Liao Street burying with it family histories and living memories.