Colourful murals that brighten “Rainbow Village” in the city of Taichung in central Taiwan have helped a former veterans’ settlement evolve into an attraction for locals and tourists alike. The murals were painted by Huang Yung-fu, who was born in Taishan county of China’s southern Guangdong province in 1924.
Also known as the “Rainbow Grandpa”, Huang is a former Kuomintang soldier who fought in the Second Sino-Japanese war and China’s civil war. He was among some 2 million Chinese who fled to Taiwan after Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist army lost the civil war in 1949. Soldiers were given temporary dwellings in hundreds of dedicated military villages across the island.
After Taiwan’s government made plans to redevelop settlements in the 1990s, Huang started to paint murals which ultimately saved some of the houses in Rainbow Village from demolition.
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