CyberFair Project ID: 7939

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Crouching Lion, Hidden Dragon
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Taipei Fuhsing Private Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, Taiwan

6 students, ages 10-12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 4, 2015. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2014

Classes and Teachers: Hsien Ping Lin

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Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Keelung City is the northern pivot of Taiwan’s import/export business. The first impression that most people have about Keelung is its rainy weather. The busy harbor is the main outward business of Keelung, but the natural landscape is beautiful. The Heping Island, East Canyon, and Lover Lake are the must-see landmarks. There are various local snacks at the Temple Front Market. All these features give the city a unique vitality.

Keelung is the base of Mr. Mei-ji Lu where he teaches martial arts to his apprentices from all over Taiwan. He incorporated martial arts into the traditional lion dance, thus manifesting the artistry and vitality of Chinese folk custom. He also devotes to the promotion of lion dance, and opens a door for the Taiwanese youths to showcase their Taiwanese spirit.

2. Summary of Our Project

In order to research the culture of lion dance troupe and explore the stories behind it, we looked into the development of the lion dance troupe through the following channels. At the same time, we also experienced the beauty of traditional artistry, and embedded the traditional culture into our hearts. We also hope that our website for the Cyberfair project can carry forward Taiwanese lion dance culture and traditional artistry.

1)Understanding the development of Changxing Lion Dance Troupe and the stories behind each member. 2)Researching the culture of lion dance techniques, historical evolution, and the techniques of different areas. 3)Visiting Changxing Lion Dance Troupe and watching lion dance competitions. 4)Painting lion heads, practicing lion dance, and blending traditional techniques into social learning. 5)Absorbing the essence of traditional culture, and promoting lion dance techniques through on-campus and extramural activities. 6)Learning more from related professionals, and extending our learning from lion dance to traditional Chinese culture.

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):

1)Internet environment at school: There is a computer classroom in the elementary school. Each computer connects to Internet through an optical fiber network, and externally links to National Taiwan University’s network center. We mostly use our lunch break or after school break to discuss, research and print out related information. 2)Internet environment at home: ADSL/Cable/Optical fiber internet 3)Data processing: All members are able to process data at school or at home using the Internet, and access the cloud storage built by our teacher or USB, and integrate research data with internet file transferring. 4)Contact and communication with other members: Via mobile phones, laptops, or personal computers.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

1) Coordination of schedule: We all tried to adjust our extracurricular schedule to find a common schedule. Besides after school and weekends, we occasionally used morning study and lunch break to complete class promotion and interviews.

2) The design of interview scripts and onsite responses: We studied hard and collected abundant information before interviews. We also designed in-depth interview questions for each interviewees. During the interview, we often interacted with interviewees, so we needed to pay much attention in listening, thinking, responding, and recording the contents. This trained our listening and articulation skills.

3) Promotion of lion dance: We planned a charity performance in Yiguang Orphanage and in-class promotions to advocate lion dance. Besides the preparation and negotiating the schedule with the orphanage and teachers, our toughest challenge was to overcome our timidity, improve our confidence, and train our stability on stage. Together, we made diligent efforts and completed our mission.

4) Improving our IT ability: Originally we only knew how to search for information online, word processing, and typing. We had no idea on website design. Under the guidance of our teachers, we learned many IT abilities such as image editing, website design, and statistical tables. We were highly benefited.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We gained so much new experiences through this Cyberfair project, such as being a reporter, lion dancing, and being on stage. We were also exposed to new knowledge that we could not learn from textbook, such as making presentation, designing team emblem, exhibition setup, and data collection. Moreover, the most valuable thing was that we had great opportunities to meet various professionals in different fields such as Mr. Lu. By the interviews, they shared their expertise and their efforts in preserving traditional arts. All of us had a great harvest, discovered the beauty of traditional culture, and witnessed the vitality of Taiwanese folk custom.

We appreciate everyone who helped us along the way. All the people, events, and things that we encountered this year were valuable to us, especially the close bond we built during this period of time, which is a priceless and permanent memory to us.

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

After we first read about lion dance in our social studies textbook, we chose our research topic and carried out the plan by teamwork. We used the research and team work to explore traditional lion dance arts, and discovered that learning exists in daily life. We learned skills from different fields through various activities, which made our learning profound in both depth and breadth.

1) Language:Before each interview, we collected and studied related information in groups, prepared interview questions, and learned interviewing etiquette and skills to improve our articulation ability and logical thinking. After the interviews, we completed interview records, and activity reports to enhance our language abilities.

2) Mathematics:We used the data we collected from questionnaires for statistics and tabulation on Excel. From the statistical analysis and analytical results, we explored the public’s understanding of lion dance culture.

3) Arts and humanities:First, we used aesthetics art to design a team emblem for our Lion King Team to enhance our unity. Also, we invited Chinese calligraphy teacher to teach us the artistic conception of a poem with calligraphy art, then we decorated the writings with Chinese knot to create Spring Festival rolls for an exhibition in the calligraphy classroom.

4) Social Studies:During our research, we had the opportunity to trace our history, traditional culture, art, and folk custom. Lion dance has been developed into multiple systems across Taiwan, reflecting different cultural backgrounds and appearances of folk customs of our ancestors, and shows its unique custom style.

5) Information and life technology:We utilized information technology, such as digital cameras, camcorders, and recording pens to record our work in details. We also used computers and the Internet to search for data. We constructed a team blog, produced our website, and improved our IT ability.

Project Elements

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

A.Computer related software 1)School Blog:Platform to announce the afterthoughts of Lion King Team. 2)Windows 7/ Google Chrome:Searching for related information and video for the project. 3)Microsoft Word 2010:Integrating writings, reports, and afterthoughts for Cyberfair project. 4)Microsoft Excel 2010: Making questionnaire statistics charts. 5)Adobe Dreamweaver CS6:Making project website. 6)FastStone Capture:Retrieving video images. 7)NeoImaging:Editing videos. 8)PhotoImpact X3:Editing videos. 9)Gold Wave:Editing music.

B. Computer related hardware 1)Computer:Digitalizing Cyberfair project. 2)Laser printer:Printing Cyberfair project-related information. 3)Digital camcorder:Recording videos of Cyberfair project process. 4)Digital camera:Taking pictures of Cyberfair project process. 5)Recording pen:Recording interview contents of Cyberfair project.

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

Mr. Mei-ji Lu provides a disciplinary learning environment through training courses to guide youths with behavioral problems back to right track. He also trains his members with professional skills to participate in competitions, exchanges, and performances nationwide and worldwide. Their performances are highly praised, and constantly win international awards. He continues to correct the youths with behavioral problems, and passes the traditional folk techniques onto the new generation, so that the techniques can be rooted in Taiwan, and shone on the world stage.

The worldwide famous lion painting master, Shun-rong Shi, blends the folk stories and colors to present the strong and prestige appearance of the lion heads. The painting with Chinese characteristics has made Taiwanese art into world art. The “Taipei Youth Folk Sports Visiting Group”, established by the Education Bureau goes abroad to visit oversea Chinese, and promotes the folk culture every year. Their efforts in city diplomacy is highly affirmed. Our Lion King Team also devotes our efforts by interviewing and visiting related professionals, learning lion dance, and holding promotional activities (charity performance in an orphanage, on-campus exhibition, calligraphy exhibition, lion head painting, and book recommendation). We hope that we can show people the elegant demeanor of the Taiwanese lion dance and its vigorous life power.

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

We admired the insistence and passion of the father of Taiwanese lion dance, Mr. Mei-ji Lu, on lion dance techniques. He told us: “I hope young people will be able to carry on the lion dance techniques”. This belief encourages him to make his team internationally well-known. Therefore, we designed many promotion activities for lion dance to show our efforts in promoting this local performing art. Lion dance is one of the most popular folk recreational activities in Taiwanese festivals. Our team especially designed a series of promotion activities to show lion dance to more people, and received positive feedbacks. We hope that we conveyed the passion and vitality of Taiwanese lion dance culture to everyone, and around the world.

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

We visited Mr. Lu many times, and his troupe members demonstrated many highly difficult lion dance actions and skills to us. Mr. Lu also taught us to practice lion dance in person. Moreover, we visited their martial arts studio, lion dance props, instruments, trophies, and awards. Finally, Mr. Lu provided us with many valuable resources and suggestions to smoothly promote the lion dance culture. From interviews, we witnessed the local efforts made to promote lion dance art. The supports and contributions from every industry were also admired. We learned that whether in lion head production or lion dance background music, if modern elements can be added into traditional art to produce new creations, it will help traditional art to developing a new life in the modern world.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

In this Cyberfair project, we experienced the traditional lion dance, and contacted various traditional arts, including craft design and music art. Everything was amazing. We discovered that many people in Taiwan put in efforts to promote traditional arts. We witnessed how those masters work hard to promote lion dance. It is admirable and respectful. We surprisingly discovered that Mr. Lu, a common man in Keelung, insists on charitable education and quietly helping problematic youths come back to the right track. He teaches them confidence, discipline, and unity to contribute to the society and become “never-give-up children”. He trains them the skills of lion dance, and perform in world stages. He led lion dance art into the peak of Taiwan history, and won international lion dance champion many times. Through four visits to governmental organizations, academic institutes, industries, and craft makers, we discovered that Taiwan promotes lion dance cultural and creative activities to increase the attraction of lion dance, and devotes itself to the diversification and modernization of traditional background music to give Taiwanese music a unique style. It also pushes traditional craft from its traditional frame to a more modern craft to produce new continuation and creation. It puts in its roots to preserve the gems of wisdom for traditional arts, and pushes innovation to develop a new vitality for Taiwan traditional culture. Lion King Team will set itself as an example to actively put efforts in promoting Taiwan traditional lion dance.


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