CyberFair Project ID: 7157

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Hui's Costumes
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: The Pingluo Yaofu Middle School
    PingLuo, Ningxia, China

4 students, ages 13-15 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 20, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Tan JiQuan and Sun YuanQin

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Ningxia , as one of the cradles of Chinese civilization , had our ancestors toiled and multiplied on this land as early as Pleolithic Age more than 30 thousand years ago.With a long history of ethnic hui , people left abundant cultural heritage , including Chentian Temple , Haibao Pagoda , Xixia Tombs in Yinchuan , 108 Pagoda , Zhongwei gao Temple , Sha po tou and Tongxin Mosque in Yinnan , Xumi shan Grotto in Yuanzhou , and Wudang Temple , Tianzhou ancient Pagoda and Yuhuang Pavillion in Yinbei. Ningxia hui Autonomous Region is both the transitional area between Central plain culture and prairie culture and the collisional and transitional area between central plain culture and northern normadic culture .Hui culture in this area integrating Yellow river civilization , western xia civilization and Islam culture can be seen everywhere,and the Hui traditional clothing is one of it. Inheriting the tradition of Islamic clothing and merging the characteristics of Han Chinese clothing culture, the Hui clothing is an important part of Hui culture.

2. Summary of Our Project

The Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region is the largest area inhabited by Hui people with a Hui population over two million thus is called the “Muslim province of China”. Hui people strictly adhere to Islamic rules and have unique religious practices, mental state and national consciousness. Inheriting the tradition of Islam and Arab dress, merging the Han Chinese clothing elements, and preserving the outstanding features of its own, the Hui clothing shows a variety of style. Hui men usually wear white or black Huis cap (a cap for hierurgy) and some also wrap their head with white towel or white cloth. As denomination and region vary, some Hui men wear horned Huis cap. Moreover, Hui men usually like to wear double-breasted white shirt which makes them spruce and dignified. The way Hui women dress originate from Arab countries, and affected by Islam, they are very particular about clothing. They usually wear converged cap and hijab which has three different type respectively for young girls, married women and old women. Young girls usually wear green one that has embedded gilt edge and with floral patterns embroidered; married women wear black one that merely reaches the shoulder; while older women wear white one that drops to the back. Both Hui men and Hui women like wearing blue sleeveless jacket, and Hui men who wear a white shirt and a blue waistcoat are more gentle and dignified especially.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

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:2-3

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

School has dial-up Internet service. The speed of internet connection is slow.Computer system configuration is low, so computers work much slower.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1.Students did not have enough access to computers . We had a relatively tight schedule of classes , as a consequence , students did not have enough time to play computers , letting alone the internet access . Since they did not have computers in their homes , they had limited chances to get familiar with computers . They knew computer operation more through guidance from teachers by narration. 2.Difficulties during the interview . Since our leading teacher was very busy at working at the working time , he could not leave enough time taking us to interview and investigate . therefore , we had to use limited weekends time and the National holiday to conduct the interviews. Our first interview was conducted in the Chinese Hui Cultural Park which is 50km away from our school, and it took us more than 2 hours to get there by car. On arrival, we found the ticket was 60 yuan per person, so merely Mr.Tan, Mr.Gong and Gong Xujing entered into the park in order to save money. As our visit came amid the National Day holiday, we saw a lot of tourists in the Chinese Hui Cultural Park, and we didn’t have the chance to make an interview with the park ranger. At last, we took some pictures of several attractions that were valuable to us. 3.Time is short. This web page competition time is only two months, although we at the beginning was brewing team, determine a theme, make plans, but, in the middle, and spicy middle school clashed, finally, in October, before we determine The Hui's Costumes 'theme. 4.There were no buses in this rural area and the road were not good enough for walking as well, which made our trip very inconvenient. 5. The interview process and experience.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

from so much first time we had really understood the purpose of the CyberFair. Through the web competition we deeply appreciated a reason that nothing in the world is difficult for one who dares to scale the heights and there is nothing one can’t imagine but can’t do.

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

The quality education is aimed at letting students be good at learning, living and cooperating as well as developing their cultural literacy, organization and coordination ability and ability of practice. With a study objective of Hui clothing, we hoped through the exploration of the historical development, effect, features and heritage of Hui clothing as well as the production of the subject website, students could be led out of the classroom teaching to society, be socially reintegrated and feel the reality from society so that their social practice capability and ability to explore cooperation could be developed. Therefore, during the study process, in addition to the demonstration of the students’ study results in a form of website, we also hoped that they could learn to cooperate with each other and let them know Hui clothing is an important intangible cultural heritage of Ningxia then to protect it. In the hui's Costumes project website production process, we ask students to understand the importance of school-based curriculum, hope students know the hui nationality clothing in our high school of the significance of the development of school-based curriculum, and at the same time, students are required to dress and hui of information technology, art, history, language lesson organic unifies in together.

Project Elements

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

1.Digital Cameras, 2.Computer,3.Scanners,4.U disk,5.Camera 6.Computer software:Aodbe Photoshop Microsoft Word 2003 ACDsee9.0 Macromedia Flash MX nEOiMAGING3. Windows IE Shocr7.0 Nero Start Smart6.0

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

In this Hui-clothing-oriented website study, through making interviews, finding traces of heritage of Hui clothing and experiencing the ethnic charm of Hui clothing as amateur reporters during the National Day holiday, the four participating students developed abilities and publicized the research results to society.

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

Dress of the Hui Ethnic Group is the Islamic dress culture peculiar to Ningxia, and related departments have conducted studies for many times. Today, we conducted a Hui clothing themed exploration and explored its cultural deposits, aimed at promoting its practical significance and social function, letting it play a role of bridge in the national unity and national harmony, and letting it adorn Ningxia and go abroad to build the bridge of friendship between China and Arab countries.

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

Many people’s help was agglomerated at our success in the production of the Hui clothing themed website, including the support and encouragement from our teachers, the Chinese Hui Cultural Park’s friendly reception, the support from mosque imam in Yinchuan and Tongfu, and the students’ parents’ assist. With all their help, we were able to avoid certain detours and win a lot of valuable time

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

1. We learned about that Hui people in Ningxia have a long history which can date back to Tang Dynasty. 2. We learned about that Ningxia has a large number of non-material cultural heritages. Ningxia was once the vital communication line on the Ancient Silk Road as well as the region for not a few minorities’ movement, and the ancients left us a lot of intangible cultural heritages while Hui clothing is one of them and has joined the ranks of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. 3. We learned about the historical origin, characteristics and types of Hui clothing, and we also learned about its value in Ningxia and even northwest China. 4. Our capabilities in learning, writing, external communication, interviewing and photography have been greatly improved through the special study activity.


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