Military dependents' villages 眷村 (中文) are a unique feature of the urban and rural landscapes of Taiwan. These villages were developed during the KMT authoritarian era in the 1940s and 1950s to provide provisional housing for KMT soldiers and their families retreating from China and elsewhere. The government has been evicting residents of these villages in recent decades but not everyone wants to leave. Nowadays many of these villages are entirely abandoned (apart from the occasional squatter or hold-out), in an advanced state of decay, or already demolished. For more information read my post about Jiahe New Village 嘉禾新村.
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