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1989 Children of the Good Earth


 Play Title 

Children of the Good Earth

 

 Date 

18th May 1989

 

 Play Synopsis 

Three aviators are flying a futuristic flying ship to collect the world’s air and arrive in Taiwan.  One of the aviators happens to be from Taiwan and wants to investigate whether the pollution in his homeland is getting worse.  Suddenly there’s a systems failure and they must make an emergency landing in Féitǔ Township (In Mandarin Chinese, féi means fertile and tǔ means land).  During a small earthquake that follows, Hua Ke-jiu pushes her head out from under a large cape she is wearing and explains that her hometown Féitǔ wasn’t always the way it is now.  The older generations dispute its origins: is it Fēitǔ (here fēi means flying, so Flying Land)?  Or is it Féitǔ (Fertile Land)? Ke-jiu Hua(花可久) carries her backpack and heads to her elementary school.   Because of their families different views on education and life, Ke-jiu’s classmates all have their own life stories.  Upon graduation from junior high school, everyone has a different choice, to continue studying or to start working immediately.  At the same time, Féitǔ is also going through changes.  Because of its fertility, the crops in Féitǔ develop and grow quickly and Féitǔ grows quickly along with them.  However, they soon discover that fertilized land is actually a type of poisonous gene, and Féitǔ starts to wither and die.  The residents begin to move away end education begins to be take on more and more problems.  Ke-jiu Hua wanders through her physical memories of the town until she discovers her old teacher along with one of her old classmates who ended up staying in Féitǔ to teach.  They are trapped by the earthquake.  At this moment, all of the old classmates return to the town to see the earthquake’s destruction.  They all begin to roam through the rubble, singing a song from the elementary school days, 《阮若打開心裡的窗》(trans.: It is as if a window has been opened to the heart).