The “Yi-Wei War” is the war which engulfed the most land, the longest fought, joined by the largest number of people, largest in scale, and with the most sacrifices made in Taiwanese history. Many among the populace voluntarily organized their own armed resistance force: “Volunteers” (or Yimin Army, Volunteer Army) to defend their homeland. This voluntary “Yi-Wei Spirit” to defend one’s homeland can also be described as the implementation of the “Taiwan Spirit,” symbolizing the profound sentimental integration of Taiwanese Hakka people and their land.
This year Taoyuan City will organize the “Yi-Wei Hakka War Cultural Festival” at the main battle zone in Taoyuan during the war---Longtan and Pingzhen. The event has integrated the “Longtan Homecoming Cultural Event” and the “Pingzhen Battle Festival” and through Hakka celebrations social resources have been consolidated and combined with the landscape as well as history and culture, allowing visitors to experience Hakka culture and carry on the Yimin spirit.
The Dragon Boat Festival boat racing has over a hundred years of history but very few people know that the tournament is the only Hakka dragon boat race in the country. As one of the Longtan District Culture and History Department staff, Tseng, Hsin-Shen pointed out, in Taoyuan a dragon boat race was conducted in lakes, while in other cities and counties, it is done in rivers, which is quite different. Lakes lack the length rivers have, so the Hakka dragon boat is thus designed shorter and can accommodate up to 12 rowers only, whereas in other regions, the dragon boat can seat more than 20 paddlers at a time. In an environment not suited for the conventional dragon boat race, improvement has constantly been made.