1、Category 2、Description of Our Community 3、Summary of Our Project
4. Computer and Internet access 5、Problems We Had To Overcome 6、Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises

1、Category: Local Specialties, Sports and Health

2、Description of Our Community:

  Situated at the southern tip of Changhua County, Xizhou Township won this name as it is located at the submerged/emerged land where Siluo River and Siluo River (derived from Jhuoshuei River) are running through. This township boasts a historic and a natural feature, namely, Xizhou Sugar Plant and Jizaipi Canal. The former was a major sugar plant decades ago, as the ordinary people of old times depended a lot on sugar plants. In the 1980s, Taiwan Sugar Corporation (referred to as Tai Sugar) reduced its production immensely, and started to sell large pieces of land for residential buildings. In the process, many precious old trees were chopped down, while the Japanese-style dormitories and old structures such as Shicui Building had been torn down. In 1999, some of the land that possessed by Tai Sugar were imposed by the local government and rebuilt into the Township Office and a forest park. The Jizaipi Canal was constructed in the Japanese-colonized period, which was the first ever channel built by the government agency and the second largest irrigation system all over Changhua County. The Jizaipi Canal derived the water from Jhuoshuei River via Xizhou Township for irrigation over southwestern Changhua.
  Xizhou Township’s communities and fields are clustered round the channel as the channel water is composed of sandy mud, which contributes to good crops. In addition, the water of Jhuoshuei River is rich in minerals and other valuable components, therefore the rice here, named as “Jhuoshuei Rice,” is best renowned across Taiwan. Jizaipi Canal is not merely a vital line for Xizhou people, but produces excellent-quality agricultural products such as Pearl guava and Malabar chestnut as well.
  The locals are very proud to have a renowned poet, Wu Sheng, in their hometown. Wu Sheng has lived in the Junliao Village, Xizhou Township, and many of our teachers and schoolmates have visited his house. He has built a cottage amid a forest. In that cottage, the books written by Wu Sheng and a large number of his loved books are displayed on shelves. Wu has composed many poems that give compliment for Xizhou’s peasants and land, which would be a great help for readers to know more about Xizhou Township.


3、Summary of Our Project:

  The Pearl guava grown in Xizhou Township has stayed on top of Taiwan in the respects of plantation area, production and quality. Many of the local farmers make a living on guava plantation; hence Pearl guava is as precious as green pearl in the eyes of these local farmers. In short, Pearl guava is economically vital for the locals and a glory for Xizhou Township. In this Cyberfair project, we will give a succinct introduction on the local features of Xizhou, while exploring the topics as follows:
1. Guava Family: an introduction to the species of guava will be given.
2. Xizhou’s Pearl guava: an introduction to the background, subsequent development, weather conditions, growing process, and technology of guava cultivation.
3. Selling: an introduction to Xizhou’s Pearl guava.
4. Professionals: the local guava professionals’ success stories.

5. Current condition and perspectives: innovative ideas about the future development of Xizhou’s Pearl guava cultivation, and sustainable operations of local industries.  

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4、Our computer and Internet access

Please describe how your team or school accesses to the Internet, such as modem (including speed), LAN (ISDN/56KB/T1O), sponsors, etc.

5、Problems We Had To Overcome:

  We have encountered quite some difficulties in the process of research over the last six months. Fortunately, we have received valuable help and support from our mentors and community people and have learned a lot from this experience.

  • In the aspect of research focus: Our hometown, Xizhou Township, is by nature a quiet village without too many activities. Hence the first problem we are faced with in the Cyberfair project is to decide the focused area of this research. Even though we have lived on the land since we were born, we don’t actually take time to understand local features of our motherland. Luckily, the township office has made a priority on the cultivation of community culture and education, and has introduced a large number of artists in many events and activities over the last years. In the summer vacation of 2013, we are very pleased and honored to have Teacher Sheng-ping Hsu and Teacher Chien-yin Lai as our mentors for homeland curriculum. The mentors have led us to get familiar with our homeland through field research activities. Afterward, we have discovered that the Pearl guava grown in Xizhou Township has been ranked as 1st in the respects of production and plantation area in the country, and thus we have reached a decision to focus on Pearl guava in our research. Hopefully we can write a heart-touching story about Pearl guava, the green pearl of our hometown.
  • In the aspect of team building and teamwork: Because our school had not done similar research before, our headmaster requested the help of teachers Sheng-ping Hsu, Chien-yin Lai and Chun-chieh Sun and an out-of-staff computer teacher, Ming-hua Lin. Most of us schoolmates did not have experience in research either. Therefore, the school conducted a workshop for the Cyberfair project during summer vacation to develop our capability in interviewing, taking pictures, photography, and Webpage production and so forth. We have been assigned with specific tasks according to our personal interest and ability, and the research team has thus formed. Most noteworthy is that our headmaster and teachers have learned with us.
  • In the aspect of time arrangement: Junior high school students have had to endure the pressure of passing admittance examination to senior high school. In preparation for the Cyberfair project, we had advantaged of the 2013 summer vacation and done actual field activities. We have conducted interviews and taken photos to collect information and finish a written report. In the mid-semester, our mentors helped us to revise and supplement the original report. Schoolmates who were responsible for Webpage production asked a teacher of their computer club to proffer guidance in Webpage production. All of us continued with the work of Webpage production during the winter holiday, and done the supplementary or revised work for information required of this report. In the process, we have learned how to better use our time and complete a project according to a specific timeframe and plan. Such hardworking has proved worthwhile.
  • In the aspect of information technology: We had never taken any such course as Webpage Production, and found Webpage production very difficult in the beginning phase of the Cyberfair project. We did not consider the editing of photos and aesthetic judgment to be something that need learning so as to make the Webpage inviting to web browsers. Under the guidance of our computer teacher and Teacher Ming-hua Lin, we have learned the basics step by step, while viewing all the awarded works in the Cyberfair of the past years for reference. By so doing, we have grasped the knacks of making good Webpages. Yet we do not regard a well-made, highly technological web page as the ultimate goal of our Webpage, since we aimed to present our theme in a panoramic and heart-moving way. We all felt deeply moved and a sense of fulfillment when finally seeing the final version of the Webpage.
  In the aspect of data collection: Collection of information has very much to do with the quality of the research, and therefore can be said to be the soul of the whole Cyberfair project. In the 2013 summer’s Homeland Camp, our teachers organized many sessions on taking pictures, tips on photography, interviewing, and recording. All the techniques have been employed in the process of information collection. Some of the information was later found to be irrelevant of the topic, and we have had to make a second round collection. All this was a test of our patience.

6、Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises

  Land, water, guava, and the peasants constitute a simple, precious culture of Xizhou Township. The Cyberfair project indeed gave us a golden opportunity to get close to our land, and explore the hardworking spirit of our peasants. Even without eloquence or glamorous looks, they are wise people who know how to live in harmony with the Nature with a contented heart and happiness. They have to struggle to support their families, yet they seldom complain. By learning from them, we cherish the present and develop a sense of responsibility for the future.
Hsi Yang Junior High School    No.1, Xiagan Rd., Xizhou Township, Changhua County 524,   TEL:04-8802151   FAX:04-8803142