Project Overview

1. Category: Local Culture, Music and Art Forms

2. Description of Our Community

   Located in the mid-west area, Changhua County borders Bagua Mountains in the east and Nantou County in the south respectively and neighbors Taiwan Strait in the west, with Zhuoshui River and Yunlin County as the boundaries in the south and Dadu River and Taichung City as boundaries in the north. Its terrain is featured by plain, belonging to Changhua Plain. Changhua is also the county with the smallest area in Taiwan Island. It is said that there are many deer in the middle area of Taiwan and herds of deer often gather in Caopu, Haikou, so Lukang Township is named as “Luzai Port”, and later simply called “Lukang”. The ancient capital Lukang was one of the three most prosperous towns. It is an art gallery in itself where the traditional technicians live their life of art and their finished products have become beautiful works of art. Lukang is a place where only small minorities of Taiwan’s traditional crafts survive and develop and it is also a cradle of “Folk Art Heritage Awards” winner.

3. Summary of Our Project

   This project theme is “Passing on the Tradition of Lantern-making-The Master Craftsman,Tun-hou Wu”. Two slender white eyebrows and gentle and kind smile are his signs of the genuineness. His image has been used in monthly calendar, stamp, postcard and the leading role of liberty lottery for many times. As long as the traditional lanterns are mentioned, many people usually associate this Heritage Awards winner. In recent several years, Mr. Wu has felt that the traditional skills have no successors gradually. The skills of making lanterns should not only be inherited by his own children, he is also invited to go to provincial and municipal Social Education Hall, cultural center, national elementary and secondary schools in various levels and senior high schools to teach the teachers the skills of making lanterns. Driven by the sense of responsibility to adhere to and inherit his duty, he holds the faith that he must find the successors to succeed to the intangible cultural heritage. Until now, he still continues his mission to cultivate talents and he is admirable for his spirit.

4. Our Computer and Internet Access

  At school, we can make use of the academic networking in the computer room and 3.5G broadband to surf on the internet; at home, team members can make use of their respective ADSL or Cable broadband to meet the demands of searching the information, contacting with team members, publishing job schedule and uploading works.。

5.Problems We Had To Overcome:

(1)Webpage making:

   To make the webpage, we need the certain software usage ability. Our team leader ever participated in the webpage contest, but it is the first time for other team members to use webpage making software, so we invite the computer teacher to teach us how to use the software in computer class and on Saturday morning.

(2)Time allocation :

   It appears that we have more than 6 months to complete the job, but we can only make use of the time of after class, lunch break and a few self-study classes to have a discussion and sort out data. Several students have to go to cram school after school and in the holiday. Therefore, we often feel the time is not enough. We can only put all the efforts into the job during winter holiday, but there is not much time left after Spring Festival and tutorial class in winter holiday are excluded. It may be testing our ability of time management as well as personal willingness to sacrifice the leisure time. However, bit by bit, we can make use of spare time to complete such a big plan. We search the data at home during holidays or in the evening and use the network hard disk to upload job schedule or report our schedule in Facebook to contact with each other.

(3)Division of labor and cooperation :

   All of us have different personalities and ideas. For common goal, we need to learn mutual tolerance and coordination and (if necessary) even sacrifice our own personal time and enjoyment to allocate the job well and complete the plan step by step according to the planning. During the process, it’s hard to avoid the problems in communication, but we gradually deal with things with high proficiency and we have no distance between each other through several times of gatherings and group meetings. It is a real team that team members encourage and support each other.

(4)Preparation for field interview :

   We gain our data mainly from field interview. First of all, we draw up the contents and depth of the questions, which is more difficult than our imagination. The theme cannot be easily focused in case of too open questions, and for too easy or defined questions, face-to-face interview is unnecessary. During the interview, we are absorbed in making notes and supplementing other questions duly. We can sometimes gain more important information unintentionally. After the end of interview, we need to sort out the transcripts carefully and patiently.

(5)Valuable time of interviewees:

   As most interviewees need to arrange time in advance, team members have to sacrifice their holiday time for the interview. Fortunately, we are able to complete the interview smoothly and the interviewed elders can often provide lots of valuable data and pictures, thus we can complete the plan smoothly.

6. Our Project Sound Bite :

   Some steps are not going well, like the searching of team members and team affairs and the making of contents. Our team is composed of 3 junior high school students in Grade 2 and 7 junior high school students in Grade 1. It is the first time for us to participate in Cyberfair project. The theme discussion in team cooperation pattern has the higher level of learning and challenge than other contests. During the research process, we have different opinions, even we may quarrel with each other and some members would like to give up due to higher academic pressure. However, we continue to hold on under the encouragement of teachers and parents. All team members have different methods of report writing and file naming and their article styles and arrangements of layout are also not the same, so we spend much time on integration. In the course of activity, we feel grateful to the elders who help us to arrange interview activity and the personnel who accept our interview. The proficient, delicate, systematical and meticulous “handicraft spirit” gained in the learning process is also a kind of attitude towards life worth learning. We would like to thank our teachers for their guidance and Mr. Jung-jen Wu’s brothers for their acceptance of our interview and meanwhile they also arrange us to meet Mr. Wu. Besides, Mr. Wen-tsun Wang provides the pictures about Mr. Tun-hou Wu, Professor Mr. Kuo-chang Chi authorizes us to use the pictures taken by him, Mrs. Ju-chuan Liu provides the pictures of lantern show, Teacher Shi-shan Hong assists and guides us to translate English and purchase the lanterns, governmental units (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute) also help to provide data and parents strongly coordinate with and support us. Thus, our activity research can go on smoothly. During this period, we have worked together to overcome lots of setbacks and attacks and our footprints on the way will become the long-lasting beautiful memories. We are greatly thankful to those who ever help us!