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Transport ministry stories told through short films

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The stories of Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) employees have been captured on three short films and the first was made available on YouTube yesterday.

MOTC Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時), who proposed the project, said he hoped the three short films would help create a more harmonious relationship between government workers and the public and give the nation’s artists a chance to demonstrate their talent.

Huang Yu-ming (黃毓銘), 29, said being a mailman was a great job.

“I like this free lifestyle,” he said. “I can do whatever I like to do after I finish delivering mail for the day.”

Huang has been a mail carrier for two years and has been delivering mail in Liukuei District (六龜) in Greater Kaohsiung, which was devastated by Typhoon Morakot in 2009. According to Huang, the area has many elderly people who live alone. Not too many buses go to the area, and it is rare to see a motorcycle on the street.

To deliver the mail, Huang said that he has to ride his motorcycle about 90km per day during the week, with changes in elevation of about 1.5km.

“I really like my job. I get to talk to older people. People say thank you to me even when they receive traffic violations,” Huang said.

The second film focuses on Deng Chin-fu’s (鄧慶福) story. Deng is deputy director of the Taiwan Railways Administration’s traffic control center. Deng’s first job with the administration was as a baggage mover and he gradually worked his way up to his current position.

Having worked at the administration for 39 years, Deng said that the work at the train deployment department has kept him from spending more time with his family.

“My children once asked me: ‘Dad, you always have to work during the Lunar New Year holiday and you need to be the emergency response center whenever there is a typhoon. When will you have time for us?’” he said.

Despite the sacrifices, Deng said that the most satisfying part of his job was seeing passengers at the station get on a train and go home.

Deng said he is taking a course at the graduate institute of studies in documentary and film archiving at Tainan National University of the Arts. He said that he hopes to produce a film about his colleagues at the Jhungli (中壢) Railway Station from 1975, when they all worked together as railway switch operators.

“I asked the station to help me locate the five railway switch operators who I worked with at the station,” he said, adding that some of them would be in their 90s.

The third film is about an elderly couple, 80-year-old Cheng Chang (鄭漳) and his wife, who traveled with friends to see the nation’s northern coastline.

“My wife and I have been married for 57 years and we never thought we could be the leading actor and actress in a film,” Cheng said.

“The nation’s barrier-free public transport system has allowed me and my friends, whom I have known for 60 years, to see the beautiful scenery and feel completely relaxed,” Cheng said.

Deng’s story premiered on YouTube yesterday.

Cheng and Huang’s stories are to be uploaded to YouTube on March 5 and March 19 respectively.

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