2017年9月23日 星期六

What's Going on with the Taitung City, Township, and Municipality Offices 台東市,鄉,鎮公所最近動向 2

For those less familiar with Taiwan, the "big" cities are divided into districts (區), and the counties are divided into cities (市), townships (鄉), and municipalities (鎮).  對台灣比較不熟悉的讀者,  大城市 (高雄, 台南, 台中, 新竹, 基隆, 嘉義, 台北, 跟新北市) 以下有區的劃分, 縣 (城市外的地方)則由其他的市, 鄉, 鎮組成.

The websites for each of the Taitung city, township, and municipality offices are linked below.  Many of these websites aren't updated very often.  以下有每個市, 鄉, 鎮公所的網站.  只是有的網站不常更新他們的資料.

I also scanned through the news for any interesting news items relevant to the township and municipalities below.  There isn't a lot of Taitung-related news in the best of times, but I did my best to find relevant articles. 我也看最近的新聞, 希望找與這些城鎮相關的有趣的報導.  我盡力了, 只是台東的新聞不多.



1. Da Ren Township 達仁鄉公所

In the interest of boosting the "economic competitiveness" of each village, the Da Ren Township hosted a cooking class for township residents.  為了提升部落的產業競爭力, 達仁開創意料理研習班.

The "Folk Sports Games" for the Paiwan and Rukai tribes will be held in Da Ren on October 7.  十月七日達仁舉行排灣與魯凱族的民俗競技運動會.


2. Da Wu Township 大武鄉公所

Not much news out of Da Wu, but there was a story mentioning the deterioration of bike paths in that area.  As with most public works projects, building them is relatively easy, maintaining them is hard.  大武的新聞不多, 可是有一則報導說那附近的單車道保護及管理不善.  公共工程都這樣子吧!  完成建造比較簡單, 保護和管理的部分比較困難.



3. Jin Feng Township 金峰鄉公所

No real news out of Jin Feng, though they are also mentioned in the bike path article above.  Is there a bike path in Jin Feng?  I had no idea!  金峰也沒什麼消息, 可是上面連結的報導也提到金鋒的單車道.  金峰有單車道嗎?  我沒注意到!

There's a new suspension bridge in Jin Feng.  金峰新吊橋完工.


4. Tai Ma Li Township 太麻里鄉公所

There was a photography competition sponsored by the Tai Ma Li Township Office.  "太麻里鄉公所策辦 "2017太麻里鄉忘憂一夏攝影比賽."

In a recent article former President Ma Ying-jeou discussed his connection with the town of Duo Liang in Tai Ma Li.  Both Jin Jen Mountain and Duo Liang are probably the biggest tourist sites in that township.  在最近的報導, 前總統馬英九 "回憶認養太麻里鄉多良村的孩子."  金針山跟多良大概是太麻里鄉最重要的觀光景點.

Have you heard of Tai Ma Li's "Crocodile Mountain?"  I hadn't either.  There are many photos here.  你聽說過太麻里的 "鱷魚山" 嗎?  我沒有. 但這裡有很多照片.

The overpass near Jin Luen has been completed and is open to traffic.  金崙大橋完工, 通車.



5. Orchid Island Township 蘭嶼鄉公所

Their township website hasn't been updated in so long it's ridiculous.  他們鄉公所已經很久沒有新的消息了.

Garbage washing up on the shores of Orchid Island continues to be a problem, but some residents are incorporating this waste into local crafts.  許多廢棄物被海浪沖到蘭嶼, 這一直是蘭嶼的環境問題  有的居民則將這些海漂垃圾轉化成藝術品.


6. Green Island Township 綠島鄉公所

Green Island is trying to reduce its carbon emissions.  Took them long enough!  Several activities were held to this end, one focused on protecting land crabs.  綠島鄉舉辦多個減碳活動.  等待這樣的行動真是夠久了!  其中一個活動是保護陸蟹.

The Taitung County Environmental Protection Bureau and the Green Island Township Office also hosted a garbage collection activity near fishing ports.  台東縣環保局跟綠島公所在漁港附近舉辦垃圾清除大進擊.


7. Taitung City 台東市公所

The City Office held a youth basketball competition on September 9th.  台東市公所在9月9日舉行籃球社區聯誼賽.

Due to their frustration with the local government, the Queen of Heaven Temple no longer wants to host the "Rao Jing" activity.  天后宮不再主辦元宵遶境祈福活動的四個理由...

What to do with that piece of land in front the Central Market?  Most recently it's a parking lot, but not many people are using it.  中央市場前面空地的用途?  現在主要是當停車場, 可是利用的人不多.

There are many snakes in the Exercise Park ("Tung Hai Exercise Park").*  This park is very dark at night, and people are worried they will step on one.  運動公園裡的蛇很多.  夜間的時候公園很暗, 很多人怕踏到蛇!

There's an article complaining about the insufficient lighting along the road to Taitung University's Jer Ben campus.  有報導說往台東大學知本校園的路燈不夠.


8. Beinan Township 卑南鄉公所

This year's Double Ten Fireworks show will take place at the mouth of the Beinan River.  The Beinan Township Office is encouraging tourists to visit that area during that time.  "今年雙十國慶煙火在台東市卑南溪出海口施放,卑南鄉公所... 整理出鄉內... 可觀賞燦爛火花的地點."


9. Dong He Township 東河鄉公所

Typhoon Talim had pomelo farmers in Dong He worried, but as we now know it wasn't that big a deal.  泰利颱風讓東河鄉種柚子的農民很緊張, 後來還好只是虛驚一場.

Efforts to "clean up" Jin Dzuen Fishing Port are leaving fishermen there feeling disrespected.  台東縣政府要清理金樽漁港的漁具, 可是那邊的住戶覺得縣府的做法不尊重他們.

There was a car accident on Highway 11, between Taitung City and Dulan.  5 people were hurt.  台11線發生車禍.  5人受傷.


10. Cheng Gong Municipality 成功鎮公所

You know, I would love to tell you more about what's going on in Cheng Gong, but their website will give your computer a virus!  For the time being, I suggest NOT visiting the above-linked web page.  我很想提供您成功鎮的消息, 可是他們鎮公所的網頁讓使用者的電腦中毒.  我不建議參考上面連結的網站.

Couldn't find any other (recent) news about Cheng Gong.  最近成功沒有其他的消息.


11. Chang Bin Township 長濱鄉公所

A motorcycle club visited Chang Bin Elementary School.  They also contributed money toward the construction of a new baseball field there.  哈雷騎士去長濱國小並捐錢重建他們的棒球場.

An older man in Chang Bin was tricked out of a lot of money.  The police had to intervene to prevent him from giving away even more!  長濱一位老先生被騙很多錢.  警察後來成功阻止他再匯錢!



12. Lu Ye Township 鹿野鄉公所

Local Kuomintang representatives banded together to help a local man in difficulty.  In case you didn't know, the KMT still enjoys widespread support in Taitung.  國民黨的黨工去鹿野把生活物資送給當地有需要的人.  國民黨在台東還是很受歡迎.

The National Tea Making Competition was recently held in Lu Ye.  全國製茶技術競賽在鹿野鄉舉辦.


13. Yan Ping Township 延平鄉公所

A private company is planning to develop a geothermal power plant in Hong Ye.  They held a meeting (on the basketball court!) in Hong Ye Elementary School to explain this project, but many local residents were confused by the company's presentation.  一家開發公司計畫在紅葉興建地熱發電廠.  並在紅葉國小籃球場招開說明會, 但是很多當地人根本不知道有說明會, 也不了解這公司的計畫內容.

There are efforts underway to produce and promote more "tribal rice" (rice grown in local villages).  A village in Yan Ping is part of these efforts.  延平鄉有部落要推自產的 "部落米."


14. Guanshan Municipality 關山鎮公所

There was a car race in Guanshan.  Too bad the event left garbage everywhere.  關山舉辦賽車活動.  可惜活動結束之後留下那麼多垃圾...**

And speaking of dangerous driving, 2 were killed and 7 injured when a mini bus hit a tour bus.  又講到危險的路況.  客貨車撞客運之後有2死7傷.


15. Hai Duan Township 海端鄉公所

The "Pasibutbut" exhibition in Taitung City's Prehistory Museum celebrates aspects of Hai Duan's Bunun Tribe.  台東市立史前博物館舉辦 "與祖先對唱, 海端鄉布農族Pasibutbut特展."

A new "medical assistance vehicle" will be patrolling villages in Hai Duan.  有新的 "醫療專車" 出現在海端的部落.


16. Chr Shang Township 池上鄉公所

There will be an arts festival in Chr Shang at the end of next month.  Wu Bai's playing, so expect crowds!  下個月池上要舉辦藝術節.  伍佰也要在那裏演唱.  應該會人山人海.

The Chr Shang Township Office, the Department of Transportation's Tourism Division, and the East Coast National Scenic Area Management Department are jointly hosting some kind of "bicycle picnic" in Chr Shang on October 10.  There will be crafts (DIY activities) and food.  10月的時候, 池上鄉公所, 交通部觀光局, 跟花東縱谷國家風景區管理處要共同舉辦 "單車野餐日" 活動.  將有DIY體驗跟美食.

Businesses in Chr Shang are reducing their use of plastics as part of a county-wide effort to improve the environment.  池上鄉推出 "環境保護公約," 附近的商家減.

Related Entries 相關的文章:

The Monkeys and the Dogs 那些猴子跟那些狗
Shopping Around Taitung City 在台東市逛街
What's Going on with the Taitung County Government 台東縣政府最近動向 2
Paradise on Vacation 天堂在放假

*It's called the "Tung Hai Exercise Park" because this was the former site of Tung Hai Junior High School.

**The bit about the garbage isn't in the article.  My wife works at Dian Guang Elementary 電光國小, right across the bridge from where the start line was.  She told me about the garbage.

2017年9月17日 星期日

The Monkeys and the Dogs 那些猴子跟那些狗


You might be familiar with the monkeys that live on Li Yu Mountain.  They are often visible on the parts of the mountain near Chang Sha Street, close to Tung Hai Elementary School.  你應該對鯉魚山的那群猴子不陌生.  牠們有時候出現在靠近長沙街東海國小的區域.

Sometimes they come down to the road.  I've seen them walking on the embankment behind the Tu Di Gong (Earth God) temple just off Jeng Chi Road, and also further down, toward the skating rink.  They don't seem to worry much about people, and taking pictures of them is fairly easy.*  牠們有時候會下來路邊.  我看過牠們在正氣路的土地公廟後面, 也看過牠們在溜冰場附近.  牠們好像不怕人, 也很容易拍到牠們的照片.

In the area where they live, there is also a pack of semi-wild dogs.  These dogs try to catch the monkeys at every opportunity.  I often see the monkeys sitting up in the trees, with the dogs barking up at them from below.  The monkeys never seem very concerned about this situation, perhaps because they know that dogs can't climb.  牠們住的那個地區也有一群野狗.  這些狗都很想抓到猴子.  我常常看到在樹下的狗對著樹上的猴子大聲地汪汪叫.  猴子好像對這個情形一點也不在意, 也許牠們都知道狗不能爬樹吧.

The other day my coworker was wondering (aloud) what those monkeys eat.  As far as we know, there are no fruit trees on Li Yu Mountain, though there are some in nearby fields.  My guess is that they mostly eat bugs, and supplement their diet with a some edible plants we don't know about.  Or else they come down at night, and then venture out into adjoining streets for food.  有一天我的同事懷疑那些猴子吃甚麼.  鯉魚山上好像沒有果樹, 雖然附近的地有些果樹.  但我想他們的主要食物應該是昆蟲, 並也吃些其他的植物.  或許牠們天黑的時候才下來吃在路邊的食物.


These are the monkeys in Dong He 東河, but the ones on Li Yu Mountain are the same type.

Those dogs sure do hate them though.  I wonder if it's some instinctual dislike, of if the dogs - in their own minds - are protecting us (and our imaginary fruit trees) from the voracious monkeys.  You'd think they'd know better than to try to catch the monkeys - but then again they're dogs, and not given to that level of introspection.  那群狗非常討厭牠們.  我不知道那是種直覺的討厭, 還是狗想要保護附近的人(及想像中的果樹).  狗應該知道牠們抓不了猴子, 但是狗是不會想那麼多的.

Whatever the reason, I sometimes ask myself what sort of lesson, moral, or metaphor one could draw from this continual struggle between dog and monkey.  Could we say that certain people are monkeys, and that other people are dogs?  Could we draw some kind of philosophical conclusion from their antipathy?  I'm still not sure what to think about it all, but I enjoy the sight of the monkeys, way up in their tree, smiling down at the barking dogs.  不論是甚麼理由, 我有時候想人們是否可以從猴子和狗的衝突中得到道德啟發還是學到隱喻.  我們是否可以說有的人就像當中的猴子, 有的人就像事件中的狗?  我無法從牠們對立的行為上為整個事件下一個標題?  但是我喜歡看到這個景象: 猴子在樹上微笑著看著樹下狂吠的狗.

And what about you?  Would you rather be one of the monkeys trapped on the mountain?  Or the one of the dogs chasing after them?  I'm really not sure which of those animals has a better deal, or if either is pleased with his or her lot in life.  那你呢?  你覺得當困在山上的猴子比較好?  還是當追補的野狗比較好?  我不確定哪一種動物的生活比較快樂, 也不知道那兩種動物覺得這樣的生活是好還是壞.

I suppose that if I could choose, I'd instead choose to be one of my house cats.  Sleeping all day in an air-conditioned room sounds pretty good to me.  I don't imagine cat food is all that delicious (even to cats), but it would be a small price to pay for free room and board for the rest of my life.  Just remember to clean my catbox and change my drinking water.  I'll be just fine while the rest of you head off to work.  我想如果我可以選的話, 我比較想當我家裡養的貓.  整天睡在冷氣房裡聽起來不錯.  雖然貓應該不喜歡每天吃貓食, 但這是一輩子免費住宿的小小代價.  只要記得清理我的貓砂和換乾淨的飲水!  我會在你們上班的時候好好的!



Related Entries 相關的文章:

Shopping Around Taitung City 在台東市逛街
What's Going on with the Taitung County Government 台東縣政府最近動向 2
Paradise on Vacation 天堂在放假
Driving from Taitung City and Back Again 從山區開回來台東市

*Of course I say that, and yet this week they have evaded my camera!  If it makes you feel better, I saw them a week ago.