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Tourists Relive Ancestors' Toil in Taiwanese Fields

By March 17, 2012

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A Taiwanese rice farmer washes his feet at the edge of a rice paddy, 1955.

Urban tourists in East Asia are getting a taste of their ancestors' rice-farming lifestyle in the fields of Taiwan. Young people in places like Japan and South Korea often live at a remove from the rice paddies, just as western youth have no idea how milk or corn is farmed. In order to reconnect, many tourists in both regions are paying to have a real farm experience.

It is a great opportunity for people to get outside, get some dirt under their fingernails, and relive days gone by. I can't help but notice that this is also a wonderful chance for farmers to get help with the crops - and the help actually pays them!

Photo by Horace Bristol, Hulton Archive / Getty Images.


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