CyberFair Project ID: 3689

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Voiceless Sound Of A Thousand Years--Lukang Nanguan
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms


11 students, ages 13~15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 28, 2005. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s):

Classes and Teachers: PING FU SHIH

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Lukang is the original location for the village community of Mazhilin. At the end of Ming Dynasty, the Hans began this immigrant to open up and cultivate this land, Lukang. They engaged in agro-farming and fishing. Among them, the people from Fujian Xinghua came here first. Then came the Hakka people from Quanzhou , ZhangZhou and Guangdong in succession. Lukang has become the main harbor of export- import trade of the goods in the middle part of Taiwan since opening the right to cross Lukang and Jiangkou in Quanzhou, Fujian formally in the 49th year of Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1784). A large amount of immigrants from Quanzhou poured in Lukang. This caused more than 80% residents in Lukang are Quanzhou nationality. So it has the town of ' Quanzhou culture ' most to known as.

2. Summary of Our Project

The songs in Amoy colloquial are the people’s nourishment for the mind in vogue of the beginning of the Republic of China. At that time, every large cities and towns of commercial port that are developed early is influenced by the mainland immigrant. The songs in Amoy colloquial also traveled far away across the Taiwan Straits which is called “the black ditch.” The public houses for the performance of songs and dances all rely mainly on playing the songs in Amoy colloquial at that time. The songs in Amoy colloquial play the melody of the music gracefully and beautifully, softly and melodiously. They are the classic music while only rich people can practice the art.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

There are three computer classrooms in our school, consisting of 136 computers. They regard Switch Hub as the network backbone (100MB/10MB ) . The whole school adopts ADSL and the way of fictitious IP to surf the Net at present. There are File Servers, WWW Servers, Proxy Server , E-Mail Server ,etc. Some teammates had wide-band networks at home. But few of them use the Modem to dial and surf the Net. We made use of school computers to write the project most frequently

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1. Language –The old people in Lukang speak with the idiomatic of Quanzhu. Therefore, there are sometimes problems with communication. Furthermore, the lyrics of the songs in Amoy colloquial are the old sounds of Quanzhu and they are difficult to understand. We asked their family and young teammates to help them or us to explain and translate it. 2. Opinion – the categories of the research is too large, the direction is not categorical enough to set a clear and definite subject. 3. Experience – our experience of interview is so poor that we would be nervous easily and not be good at asking questions. We mapped it out beforehand, including discussion about the contents, purpose…… and so on. We proceeded it with recording pens and digital cameras. We recorded it with video and words at any time. 4. Time – Students are under the pressure of schoolwork. So the time is very precious for them. In order to apply the time with the most efficient way, we drew up the time, discuss and make the schedule in advance. 5. equipment – the equipments of our teammates are too unprogressive to get the useful information directly. We solve the problem by lending the equipments from school. 6. teamwork – our cognition about the songs in Amoy colloquial is limited. Our teammates sought information in many ways and shared the resources with each other. We grew up and progressed together by meeting twice to thrice a week and interviewing by ourselves.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We take an active, optimistic, confident, and hopeful attitude toward every thing in life. Life must be affluent by joining, learning and growing.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

1. language – the songs in Amoy colloquial are intonated with the old accent in Quanzhu. We can learn our indigenous language, Taiwanese. And we are be able to understand ont only the difference of the pronunciation and the tunepattern between Zhangzhou and Quanzhu, but also the differencfe of their custom. 2. Art and Humanity – the songs in Amoy colloquial are called the “Gong Chi Pu” that is passed from Han dynasty to now. They are very different from the Hesperian music tones. So we can teach students the difference between the old and the new music scores. Thus students can be stimulated by different culture. 3. social – the skill to play the songs in Amoy colloquial are prevailing in Lukang. By delving deeply, students know further into their hometown- Lukang. Then they will concern their land and identify their country. 4. science and technology – At the Information age, we have to strengthen students’ abilities to apply information, to think independently, and to create. It is the motivation to develop technology and make the society progress. We should change our teaching methods, exams, teaching activities from cramming to diversification.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

1. Digit camera 2. Digit cinecamera 3. Scanner 4. Recorder 5. Relevant film 6. Computer 7. Computer software 8. Library 9. Computer software 10. Historical photo that the masters offered

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

We collected the relevant materials through the profile and oral interview. We have visited Eh Yun Zhai, Ya Zheng Zhai, Ju Ying She, Changhua Nan Bei Guan, and Lukang Rotary Club. We spent the evening interviewing mastes. No matter take pictures or record, masters all cooperated very much. We really thank for their help. We thank Lukang Rotary Club even more. In order to let us interview, they changed the time of their activity that will be originally run during the Chinese New Year to the end of 2002. We also went to interview the activity that is held in 2003. We listened the masters and primary school students to perform. If there is any problem, we could communicate and connect on the telephone at any time. We also utilized message board of websites to exchange with other team

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

We have generalized the cultural property of Lukang since we built the website. We can also let all the countries around the world realize this culture through the project. The young people born in the E age think that tradition as reaction or fossil. They just surf the Net to play on-line games. So we built this web page. We hope young people can start to learn about the songs in Amoy colloquial and comprehend the art of tradition by the web page. On the contrary, some old masters learning the songs in Amoy colloquial are curious about computers and wondered at this new technology. It made the masters realize the meaning of “live and learn.” The songs in Amoy colloquial can pass from old masters to young people in endless succession. The young people gain deeply comprehension about the beauty of tradition. In the meanwhile, we devoutly participated in the performance of the songs in Amoy colloquial. Because of our interview, recording, and generation, the habitants and visitors began to be interested in concerning with the songs in Amoy colloquial and listen to them. They found further in the extensive profound, graceful and touching songs in Amoy colloquial in Lukang. By the interaction among our teammates, the masters of the songs in Amoy colloquial, the visitors and the habitants, we stirred up more creation and systems of culture. Imperceptibly, the art of the songs in Amoy colloquial are also pushed flourishingly.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

To focus on this project, we visited many local personalities. They tried their best to provide the information we need. First, Mr. Cang-zhe Xu showed us all his pictures about the history of Lukang and cameras that he has stowed away for his whole life. Then, Lukang Rotary Club changed the time of the performance so that we could finish this project on time. Furthermore, we really think the members of Eh Yun Zhai, Ya Zheng Zhai, Ju Ying She, Changhua Nan Bei Guan, and Da Ya Zheng. They explained what they know to us in every detail and particular so that we can get the most complete information. The old masters who play the songs in Amoy colloquial also played several songs for us. Thus we could record them to update on our web site. They also introduced all kinds of the instruments to us. Now we comprehend the profundity of the songs in Amoy colloquial more and more. We really thank for their kind effort.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

By this project, we understand the secrets and the extensive and profound of the songs in Amoy colloquial. And we contacted the ancient Chinese music that has spread since Han dynasty. They brought us a lot of surprises. Meanwhile, with the experience of making this webpage, we try our best to overcome all difficulties again and again. At last we can have this achievement. As to us, we not only knew how to set up the website, but also trained ourselves to persevere and never talk about giving up rashly. Meanwhile, we learned about the importance of cooperation and the meaning of “many a little makes a mickle.” The completion of our website all dependente on the effort of everybody. The feeling that every body struggle for the common goal has never been realized so deeply by us in the past. We have learned a lot of skills, like dealing with materials. We also learned a lot of things that have never been taught in class. During these days, we have gained the discovery to art, experience the local surprises, and open our brand-new vision. Then with a big step of the technology, we combined with this website “The Legend of Lukang.” We have practiced our ideal step by step. We often said: “ what's the use if I do it alone? “ Via the efforts of all teachers and students of our team “The Legend of Lukang,” we reached this impossible task at last and achieve the legend of Lukang.


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