CyberFair Project ID: 7429

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Modern Schweitzer in Taiwan
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Kaohsiung Girls' Senior High School
    Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

7 students, ages 16-17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on February 5, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 1999,2000,2001,2002,2007

Classes and Teachers: Sylvia Min-lee Li, Hsiao-Yun Lo, Kun-Shan Chiu

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our community, Kaohsiung City is located in southern Taiwan. Kaohsiung , a glamorous and modern metropolis is the second largest city of this island. There are roughly 2270 thousand people living in this city, along with thirty eight districts. Situating between Cijin Island and downtown, port of Kaohsiung is the world-class port in Taiwan as well as a hub for international trade. Taiwan is a shared community with high medical quality. Under such circumstances, the government implemented the health insurance system. Besides, we have well-formed education system. We are proceeding to twelve-year compulsory education. Our higher education is aimed at cultivating professionals. And the medical education has achieved the high academic levels.

2. Summary of Our Project

We strive to dig into Taiwan's medical environment after seeing many reports pertaining to medical circumstances via the media. In the beginning, we did lots of studies. Then, we determined to focus on Andrew T. Huang, the director of Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center. Afterwards, part of our teammates interviewed Andrew T. Huang on Aug.24 2012. We transcribed our interview so as to acquire more. In addition, we discussed and made our own comments on Dr. Huang's opinions, both physically and virtually on the Skype. Furthermore, we used the social media, such as Facebook to advocate our project and hoped to be known by more citizens. On Dec.14 2012, we entered a proposal hearing of the humanity program of National Science Council in front of several professors and numerous students. In consequence, we got lots of feedback from this meeting.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:more than 6

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):

Taiwan schools are located on TANet Network(academic connection). In southern Taiwan, there will be a bit difficulty connecting abroad. But we are figuring out ways to improve the connection.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

While we are doing the CyberFair project, we encounter a huge problem that we can hardly get photos from Dr. Huang because he is always busy working and often flies between U.S. and Taiwan. Because Dr. Huang is always occupied, it takes us a lot of time to wait for the interview with Dr. Huang and his partners. Besides we have to find verified source publication. The process was very tedious, and the publisher was going to charge us at the very beginning. It is hard for us to get permission from the publisher. However, we get through it.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Recently in Taiwan, there is a very import person who has done a lot of amazing things trying making a difference in our medical system. Our project will tell you about and what Andrew T. Huang has done and how he persists in pursuing the dream. There are so many things that people can learn from him. After taking part in International Schools CyberFair, it made us feel happy that we can share the information with people from all over the world. We are very glad to know that people from around the world are actually getting better knowledge of the project we have been working on. It is very exciting for us to know that our voices have been heard.

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

Under the Exam-oriented educational environment, project-based learning is never easy because we have to achieve a good time management. But our class join humanities-specialized program of National Science Council, we have more advantage of being exposed to different disciplines. Engaged in the classes of the humanity social science, we hope that schools do not lay special emphasis on academic knowledge, but pay more attention to the concern about people. If so, students will recall the concept that all the human beings do is aimed to make people live better. Based on this thought, we started to do the project. At the initial stage of the project work, we sometimes thought differently and clashed with one another. But we tried to respect other’s rights to speak, and tolerate other’s comments while discussing ideas, whether we were online or face to face. While we were brainstorming, our teacher taught us how to define a thing by integrating anything about it and giving a definition. Because everything was working like that, plus we had learned to search for information via the Internet and books, and integrate everything what we found. We came up with a lot of great ideas. Based on first-hand interview contents, including Dr. Huang's and his partner's narrative transcriptions, verified source publications and copyrighted photos and materials, we construct a website.

Project Elements

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

The information tools that we use are: I. 12 personal and school computers, laptops and public desktops. II. Telephones and mobile as communication, plus communication tool such as skype for video conferences. III. Facebook as social media to promote the idea and coordinate the group. IV. Digital video cameras for oral interviews. V. We avail ourselves of the resources in the library. VI. Software programs such as Photo Impact and Dream Weaver, Flash and so on.

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

Domestically we use personal blogs as social media to communicate with people. To promote our project, we are engaged in a lot of peer reviews on the individual shares of each team members.

To employ the social media, we use it as means of social marketing. As a campaign, we not only promote it to average teenagers, but also to the humanity majors in the program of National Science Council.

When we joined the activities of the international organization, we promote it to Japan and Australia. Here we present the image of leadership of Taiwan--especially Dr. Huang on many occasions. We have sister schools in Japan, so we also talked about our project in the connection meeting.

As we promote it on career-related occasions through the Youth Knowledge Network (YKN) channels. We attempt to publicize our project and increase the exposure e-newspapers. In this way, we work as student grass-root ambassadors for our cyber fair project and our country.

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

In Taiwan, it has a negative evaluation of the health care system for a long time. The interaction between physicians and patients are often limited to a short period of time the interrogation of three minutes. Require patients to physicians always authoritative manner with rarely listen to the patient's heart, feelings of patients actually suffering or inconvenience in the course of medical treatment, the patient is often not respected. In Taiwan because of the medical treatment of the painful experience, so many people are very exclusive to the big hospital to see the doctor, or even lack of medical ethics that hospitals and physicians, just to earn high profits. Our team chose the theme of Andrew T. Huang, MD, and he founded and belief Hospital, is the hope that the platform through the Cyberfair , Andrew T. Huang, MD, 'patient-centered' medical concept vigorously promoted to change Taiwan the health care system-to change the attitude of physicians to treat patients, so that patients can receive good medical care in the mood respected. Not only in Taiwan, but around the world, more and more people know the Cyberfair , and will use it often. Our website, Andrew T. Huang, MD, 'patient-centered' medical philosophy will spread far and wide, gradually changing Taiwan has criticized the health care system, and let the world understand Taiwan not only has a first-class medical technology, also has cordial and attentive medical quality.

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

Andrew. T. Huang is a well-known and busy doctor; therefore, it is not easy to keep in touch with him. We are given only one chance to see him face to face. Other information about Dr. Huang coming from the helpers as follows is really crucial. They are all gracious and even eager to exalt us to postgraduates. We have learned a lot from them.

LIN CHLEN HSIN, a student in National Kaohsiung First University of Science and Technology, is our teacher’s son’s best friend. He is so kind that he volunteers to help us with the computer technique. We were taught how to establish a website once a week. He is not only a teacher but also a mentor because he selflessly shared everything he had learned from vocational high school with us. We appreciate him a lot.

Commonwealth Publishing Group is a big publishing corporation in Taiwan. It devoted itself to release some educational books. We guess that is the reason why every Dr. Huang’s book was published by this company. Luckily, we met Kuo, Yu-Chih, a rights associate in Commonwealth Publishing Group. She bountifully gave us the copyrights of Dr. Huang’s books which enrich our document as well as broaden our horizons.

In order to pretty up our website, we needed some pictures of Dr. Huang. Yu-Mei Hsieh, a special assistant in Sun Yat-sen Cancer Center (SYSCC), helped us break through the difficulties when we really lacked the photos.

Chun Hong Cheng is an Chief, Department of Press and Public Affairs in the hospital and also a friend of our teacher. After we called him and talked about our lack of information. He offered us more than we had ever imagined.

Thank you all. It is your help that encouraged us to improve ourselves. By this chance, we want to say out loud that we really appreciate your kindness a lot.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Being only senior high school students, we are thankful and grateful to have such a hard-earned opportunity to get close to Dr. Andrew T. Huang and learn more about his accomplishments in reforming the medical regulations in Taiwan. Via this research, we step into the medical field and find out things that widen our eyes. Seeing how affably Dr. Huang take care of his patients and how carefully he is when having a morning meeting with all the other doctors in their hospital dwelling on an individual case, we jump out of the social stereotype of doctors being forbidding or condescending, because in Sun Yat-Sen Cancer Center, doctors are never too tender to the patients. From our interview to Dr. Huang, we could feel the warming and touching atmosphere, which is far more different than other hospitals, given by Dr. Huang and his hospital. Besides the discovering, we also learn an important lesson from Dr. Huang-be humble but never be afraid if you’re doing what is right, be selfless and make the most of what you can do. We hope that after our research, we will gain more power and confidence to live out a more meaningful life, just as Dr. Huang, the modern Schweitzer, has been.


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