1. Project Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

Jingmei is an ancient market near our school.  Being affected by the environment evolution, the market started downward.  However, the build in of Taipei Public Library, Taipei Cultural Center and Taipei Hydraulic Engineering Office, brought new life to Jingmei both in culture and recreation.

Jingmei, just like a lot of other market places in Taiwan, developed and expanded around the Jiing Temple which is protected as third-class place of historical site.  When the volunteer inside the temple narrated the development of Jiing Temple, it seemed telling the story of the market’s past and present, rise and fall.

2. Our ‘community’ is Taiwan Taipei .

Jingmei”situates in the most south part of Taipei where near the conjunction of Shindian Stream and Jingmei Stream.  Henceforth, it is always a gathering place for merchants from Muzha, Xindian, jhunher, Gongguan who along the river arrived here purchasing and acquiring goods.  During this interview, we surprisingly found out there is an old Chinese Herb Medicine Store which has been inside the market more than a century.  Its existence recorded and extended the market history.

To keep to the fast changing society, when the day turned to dusk, the night market took place fulfilling the needs of nearby residences, especially people from Xindian Bao Bridge Industrial Estate and Far-East Industrial Estate.  In the most prosper period, Jinmei included day market, night market, whole sale supermarket, department store, and four theaters.  Now, there are only local people who shop in day market.  You can not find stream of people in the night market anymore.  Department store fallen apart and supermarket with not much business.  Even the theater only left one showing the second round movie. At this moment, Taipei Public Library, Jingxing Branch, and Taipei Cultural Center, Wen-Shan Branch Center moved in.  Along with the Xianji Rock Hiking Trail renovation finished and the bikeway along the Jingmei Stream can cycling all the way to Yuanshan, bringing a new life style for Jingmei neighborhood.

3. summary of our project:

We planed to obtaining information about Jingmei market starting from collecting data, field trip, interview, questionnaire, etc. and combining all the resources we collected to create a web site with diverse information that will catch the attention of people to visit Jingmei.  For this purpose, our project has several study directions: Jingmei market, Jingmei night market, Jingmei culture, and Jingmei recreation.  Furthermore, we also invited the local elders to talk about the Jingmei from their point of view.  Hoping this will attract more visitors to come to Jingmei for their leisure time.

4. Our Computer/Internet Access

In schoolTaipei City Education Portal Site
At home

5. Problems We Had to Overcome

As a group with not too many computer knowledge, needless to say, we had no idea how to create a website.  Nevertheless, we have great passion and enthusiasm.  We decided to team up to join the 2007 Taiwan Schools Cyber Fair.

At first, our parents concerned that doing this project would take too much time out of our studies.  And we all worried that we did not know anything about creating a website.  We had doubts.  Could we make it?  Do we know how?  We would never know if we didn’t try.

Initially, there were five group members.  We took the first initial of each student’s English name and combined those letters to form our team name.  Each team member generated two potential research topics.  Our instructor did the same.   After our first meeting with our instructor and parents, we decided the topic.  However, nobody, not even our instructor, knew exactly what to do next.  We had no choice but to ask our parents for help, who then worked separately to plan the project, set the deadlines, allocated works, and did the training.  They decided to meet one week later, at the school field day, to discuss project related issues.

Three days before the meeting, our instructor received several proposals related to the project through e-mail from the parents.  She divided and assigned the job according to our personalities and interests.  On the day of our meeting, everybody enthusiastically discussed the project.

With our parents’ encouragement, we were devoted to this project with all our hearts. During the marketplace interviews, the interviewers had to visit the marketplace four or five times because many of the interviewees were too busy to talk during the initial visits.  In order to accept our interview, some shop owners had to stop their business to talk to us.  We felt really uncomfortable and appreciated.  For the night market interviews, the students felt that they were not fully prepared.  So they had to do three times field trips to the night market and compiled a written report of their findings.  Remember, the interviewers used their spare time and did this on the weekend.  It really showed how much effort they put into the project.  Their parents who accompanied them during the interviews also showed great passion.  It was really touching.

As a research of old market, we will encounter lots of elders who can only speak in Taiwanese.  There is difficulty to communicate with them since most of the students can only speak in Mandarin.  The parents who accompanied the students had to interpret every word for them.  This is a big challenge for the student who was in charge of taking notes.

During the interview, sometimes the respondents will miss the appointment.  It can only blame us with too little experience.  When the business is good, the shop owner really did not have time to talk to us!  So, sometimes it will take the second or even the third interview for the same purpose.  Nevertheless, we finally conducted all missions!!

There were two students assigned the hiking trail and bikeway field research.  At first everyone was full with anticipation, however, some of them were worn out before arriving the destination.  It is really a happy start and a disappoint ending.  But the students managed to finish their interview.  They were really hard working and deserved admiration.

Although the students were wearing uniform during their interview or exploring, still a lot of people refuse to accept interview, especially elders.  We expected to uncover some legend or untold fantastic story about our community from them.  Eventually, there are only precinct chief of the community accepted our interview.

6. Our Project Sound Bite

”Dashing in and out with full energy” is the most proper description of these students.  However, they do not have any experience, you can not let go of them in case causing some damage.  Thanks all the parents who stand behind this project, from confirmed project title, set up project procedure, interview training, escorted students up and down, recording, photographing, instruct web page design, and music compose, almost every part you can find some trace from the parents.  Thank you all for your help!

Actually parents’ support is most needed when students do extra-curricular work.  In our first meeting, all the team members and their parents attended.  Everyone was involved and put in a lot of effort.  The coherence to the whole class had been achieved.  The students learned immensely, parents gained more.  Most of all, the teacher will be the luckiest teacher in the school.

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