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Title:
The Legendary Asphalt Artist Xi-Xun Chiu

Category: 1. Local Leaders
URL:
http://librarywork.taiwanschoolnet.org/gsh2017/gsh8269/index.htm
Bibliography:
http://librarywork.taiwanschoolnet.org/gsh2017/gsh8269/html/a6/a06-04-main.htm

School: Ruifang junior high school
    New Taipei, N/A, Taiwan
10 students, ages 14-15 worked together to complete this Cyberfair project on March 09, 20127. They have participated in Cyberfair in the following year(s): 2009
Classes and Teachers: Teacher Yin-Pin Lin, Teacher Cheng-Shuan Su, Teacher Max
Our School's Web Site: http://www.rfjh.ntpc.edu.tw/


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Entry Category: Local Figure Leaders

Entry Subject: The legendary asphalt artist - Xi-Xun Chiu

Local Description:

Ruifang district is a municipal district of Taiwan’s New Taipei City, located east of New Taipei City, and was formerly known for mining. It stopped mining in recent years and developed a tourism industry centered on mining culture.

It is generally believed that Ruifang district was initially called “Ganzilai.” During the late Qing Dynasty, when gold was discovered in the Jingguashi and Juifen mountain area, gold miners arrived endlessly. At the mountain bottom there was a business store named “Ruifang,” ran by Chen Teng and Lai Shih. The merchandise provided in the shop included anything from north to south, and it became a supply and rest station for going into the mountain area and returning to Kavalan (Now Yilan). Since there were many travelers, they all coincidentally or verbally agree and say “going to Ruifang” or “coming from Ruifang” as they travelled together, which has then evolved to its current name. During Taiwan’s Japanese colonial period, it was called Ruifang street in Chilung county of the Taipei prefecture, and was changed to Ruifang Township in Taipei County after the Nationalist Party retreated to Taiwan. In 2010, the upgrade of the five administrative divisions changed the name to Ruifang district of New Taipei City.

 

Plan Summary:
Xi-xun Chiu, born in 1937, is called the one and only asphalt artist in the world, and also one of the artists who moved to Jiufen in the early days. His works have been collected by Pope St. John Paul II the Great, fromer president of the States, Bill Clinton, former president of Republic of China, Taiwan, Teng-hui Lee, and also Shao-lin Temple in China. You can track his works all around the tourist attractions in New Taipei City. Our school faculties think Mr. Chiu is a respectful artist with love and passion for this land.

 

Overcoming difficulties:

1.Inconvenient transportation

Ruifang is located in a remote area with rugged terrain in the mountains. For example, the old houses of the Yen family is located at the mountain entrance of Sijiaoting Dapu Road and it is filled with mud and unsteady road and requires sturdy means of transportation to get to.

2. Lack of interview experience

This interview account for an important part of our research. During our interview process, we met many important figures and local elders, but we found we were not able to bring up the most important issues at the time. We were anxious, mind tangled and stuttering, we were not able to be as fluent as the teachers.

3. Terrible weather

One of Ruifang’s characteristic, of course, is its humidity and rain. Especially during recent winter, cold systems collide head on to Taiwan, and the worst hit area is always Ruifang in the Northeast. It is always inconvenient in the case of transportation.

Comments on the experience:

Review:
Two years ago, the overpass on Route2 was torn down at one night. We were curious about where the black images of the miners on it went? Whose artwork was that? Then our Rainbow Journalists found out they are still on the campus of New Taipei Municipal Ruifang Industrail High School. And the author is Mr. Xi-xun Chiu, the one and only asphalt artist in the world. We invited him joining this special project, and also hope the local government would notice Mr. Chiu’s precious artworks again, and protect them with more efforts.
Through the project, THE LEGENDARY ASPHALT ARTIST - XI-XUN CHIU, we did the research not just about his artworks, but also went further and deeper about the history of art in Taiwan. Helping our students and community get to know more cultural and historical events about their home.


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1.Which technology have we used to complete our research topic?

Internet: Research related information on .
Camera: Filmed interviews and sceneries.
Recording pen: Recorded interview contents.
Printer: Printed related documents and important images.
Camcorder: Filmed Interview process.
Computer: Web page creation and editorial work.
Scanner: Scanned summary images and authorization documents.

2.What techniques have you learned?

Understood the history of our home.
How to conduct a calm interview.
Learned to plan the outline of a web page and design related animation.
Establish team confidence and the spirit of adventure.

3.Respect intellectual property rights and citing reference.

During the process of our interview, we also asked the interviewee to sign letters of authorization in order to use the information and pictures from their books. Moreover, other activity photos are taken from teachers, and we have another section with reference to internet information and relevant sources are attached.


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FANG   ROU TING
CHEN  TING   YUE
DU YI
LIN  CHEN   YING
HUANG    PEI   LUN
JIAN SI TING
Ruo-yu Hong

1.Information collection and integration
2.outlining
3. Interview
4.Make a field investigation

84%

HUANG ZI QIAN

1.Website guiding and checking
2.Take photos

3%

LIN YING BIN

1.Hold a meeting
2.Data induction and analysis
3.Make a Plan 
4.Take photos

3%

LAI YI YUN

1.Translate the words into English

2%

JIAN YE HUI

1.Word Processing
2.Information query

2%

TEACHER MAX

1.Information collection
2.Dialect translation

2%

SU ZHENG SHUN

1.Establish English Website

4%