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Using the Useless: The Cross-Border Collaboration in the Hand-Made Workshop in the Wu Wei Wu (The Five-Flavour House).
Jun-Hua Lin, Ph.D.
Field Site
Shoufong Township
Publication Link
Jun-Hua Lin, Ph.D. / Publications / Publications Link
Name of Integrated Research Project
Cross-disciplinary Study of Humanities and Social Science: Humanistic Imagination, Local Practice, and Social Innovation  
Chief Investigator of Integrated Research Project
Meei-Ju Lin, Ph.D., Yaw-Sheng Lin, Ph.D.  
Finacial Source
Ministry of Science and Technology 
Yu-Chun Ku, Ph.D. 
Research Assistants
Jhuang, Si Ru, Yang, Yi Ling, Yeh, Hsiang Wen, Chang, Yin Cheng 
This research focuses on new immigrant women in the community. Following the issue “Can the subaltern speak?” raised by the post-colonialism researcher Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1988), the Materialism approach in Social and Cultural geography, and the methodology raised by education and psychology, this research aims at organizing a hand-made workshop to form a rethinking on the definitions of “alternative/ordinary”. The project is based on the famous charity shop in Hualien, Wu Wei Wu (五味屋). By organizing hand-made workshops focusing on “old clothes, new looks” as a strategy of social practice, the research team first attempts to create a space where different women can “encounter” each other, so that diverse relationships that cross different boundaries, such as spatial borders, culture boundaries, class boundaries, and urban-rural borders, can emerge and form an alternative space for cultural exchanges. Second, the research not only aims at elaborating on the difficult conditions that the subaltern faces on, but also cooperates with the subaltern to find a “voice” and to empower the new immigrant women. Third, this project does not just empower rural women or empower new female immigrants; it is a project about families. By focusing on every new female immigrant, the research concerns every member in her family (including children, spouse, and father- or mother-in-law). By building Wu Wei Wu as a safe “nest”, the research encourages interactions among different women to increase the processes of cultural hybridization as well as the interactions among different families.  
Shoufong Township 
Fon-Tien Village 
Haka, New immigrants 
Main Keywords
New migrants
second-hand culture re-usage  
Secondary Keywords
cloth pad