1. Description of Our Community
Tunghai Garden is the historical site where a world-class Taiwanese writer, Mr. Yang Kui spent two decades of life. Tunghai Garden is located in Taichung Xitun District, on Tatu Mountains slope, which overlooks beautiful Taichung City and hazy central range. In 1962, after 12 years of imprisonment by the KMT government, Mr. Yang Kui borrowed $ 50,000 and operated 'Tunghai Garden' in Taichung suburb Tatu Mountains hills. He lived until 1985, when he died of heart attack. Tunghai Garden represents a treasured space of history and culture because most important writers and artists of that era were attracted by Yang Kui and gathered in Tunghai Garden. However, in 2009, after being planned as a funeral site, Tunghai Garden became a deserted and barren site. Weeds, as high as people, had drowned the garden, and the house Mr. Yang Kui built by his own had been destroyed. The only things which survive are Yang Kui couple’s tomb, and Mr. Yang Kui’s peace declaration carved on the wall of the tomb.
2. Summary of Our Project
As the pioneer of Taiwan New Literature, Yang Kui (1905-1985), won the Second Prize (no first prize that year) of Tokyo 'literature review' with “The Newsboy” in 1934. The crown gave him the status of a world-class writer. Yang Kui's life span covers two generations, including the Japanese colonial era and the KMT government. Also, he got triple identities: the anti-Japanese movement campaigner, the New Culture Movement campaigner and a writer with an international status. In literary terms, he was the first Taiwan writer to enter the Japanese central. In the 1970s, his works was selected into the high school textbooks, and is still an important 'textbook writer' now. His literary achievements are highly valued. The national academic institutions published 'The Collections of Yang Kui',totally fourteen books. National Museum of Taiwanese Literature planned Yang Kui-themed exhibitions. However, Yang Kui's Tunghai Garden will soon disappear! Therefore, we will follow the footsteps of Yang Kui in Taichung, build web pages and cooperate with cultural community, offspring of Yang Kui, schools, media and Taichung City government to revive Tunghai Garden. We hope that Tunghai Garden can be established and turn into 'Yang Kui Literary Memorial Garden' in 2015, the 30th anniversary of the death of Mr. Yang Kui. In addition, we will also introduce the surrounding tourist attractions and delicious food on our web page, so that everyone can have more fun while visiting Tunghai Garden.
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: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):
Mostly, we finished our work by using the resources provided by the computer lab during the computer classes; each of our labs is equipped with computers and wi-fi which are very convenient for us to look up the information we need and finish the work we’ve arranged.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
Currently, we are high school students who have to face the burden of our schoolwork. We have to overcome the limitation of time, so the whole schedule is very tight. The hardest part is that the person we've been studying on--- Yang Kui, has passed away for long. Not being able to get the first hand information, we had to research the documents that have been recorded. But in order to understand things related to him more deeply, we could only interview the descendants of him or people who know him well. Besides, in order to fight for the establishment of Yang Kui literary Memorial Garden, works such as founding a website, starting up petition, shooting videos, interviewing Yang Kui’s offsprings, communicating with city hall, and holding press conference, are all time-consuming and challenging.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
We gained many valuable experiences when working on this project. We found that besides studying, high school students can also be very brave to take action and can actually achieve a lot. Our thoughts can draw the attention of members of the society, making it easier for people to understand what we demand.
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
1.We aim to make our content as accurate and appealing to attract as many visitors as possible to strive together to retrieve the Tunghai garden. 2.The goal of our education is to get students to actively care about their community. The project not only fits the goal and can help make our students more qualified future citizens. 3.Making films, cooperating with the government and the press. 4.The more setbacks we encounter, the more we may learn. 5.Through the Internet and meeting people in person. 6.The project is related to the subjects like writing, filming, citizenship, English, and leadership in our school. 7.We make other schools involved in the project and begin to inspire their students to care about our community with us. 8.Because we need bunches of information to make our website a wholesome one and contact dozens of organizations, we need to use the Internet much more often in teaching and learning more effectively. than traditional methods