Let the Photos Tell the Story — Part 3

The champions of the New Life Correction Center’s 1959 athletic meet pose for photos in the camp. A monument to sportsmanship was erected on the road outside the camp’s gate for propaganda purposes. (courtesy of Wang Chun-chang, 1959)

At first, the New Life Correction Center held prisoners of war from the Communist forces. The photo shows a POW repatriation event, with camp personnel seeing them off. (courtesy of Tang Yen-ni, 1954)

At the 1954 inauguration of Chungcheng Hall, officers, soldiers and people from all around Green Island gather for photos. Chungcheng Hall was a two-story wooden building, 56 feet wide by 94 feet long, and it could hold 600 people. (courtesy of Tang Yen-ni, 1954)

The inmates were required to grow their own vegetables and other foods. Each brigade had its own vegetable field, and growing vegetables was one of their most important tasks. Pictured here is a vegetable field at the base of the mountain behind the compound. (courtesy of Tang Yen-ni, ca. 1954)

In times past, sweet potatoes and peanuts were the only crops on Green Island. Starting in 1952, the New Life Correction Center began cultivating other vegetable crops, carrying out soil improvement and setting up bamboo fences around the perimeters of the fields as a wind barrier. (photo by Chen Meng-ho, 1953)

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