Back in August I took up the idea of participating in the Indisposable Concept which, in their very own words, is the process of using one roll of film from one disposable camera to capture and sharing the world around you. I was at a bit of a loss at the beginning, not really sure where and what to point my camera at. In that week I was visiting the soon-to-be demolished Huaguang Community (華光社區) and so I found myself with a disposable camera in a place that was in the process of being disposed of.
“For decades, the community was home to families who lived there for generations since the Japanese colonial era, families who retreated with the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) from China to Taiwan in 1949, and the poor and disadvantaged who moved from villages in the countryside to Taipei to seeking a better life in the 1950s and 1960s.
The government initially planned to develop the community on the model of New York’s Wall Street, but last year decided to remodel the area into a “Roppongi District” — a district in Tokyo famed for its nightclubs.
However, that idea was dropped after a proposal was put forward this year that the former air force headquarters on Renai Rd be turned into a Taiwanese version of Roppongi.
The forced eviction of families and demolition of the Huaguang Community, which began a few years ago and was finished earlier this year, was one of the most controversial land expropriation cases in recent years.”
Shih Hsiu-chuan for Taipei Times
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