1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Use Information Technology to Help Finish the Research Project: 1.Online Library:Search relevant documents and learning materials about Glove Puppetry 2.Scanners:Use scanner to convert photos offered by relevant Glove Puppetry figures and letter of authorization into image files 3.Computers and Laptops:Transcribe the recordings, surf the internet for information, analyze questionnaire statistics, and make a website for the project research 4.Projectors:Projectors are used when having group discussions to show relevant information or explain how to use some software 5.Smartphones, iPads, Voice Recorders:Record, photograph and videotape the interviews 6.USB/Online Drive:Save and backup all the data
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
How Does this Project Work as an Ambassador through Social Interaction? 1.New Force of Glove Puppetry Inheritance: From the project’s experience sharing activity, it is noticeable that most of the students are fond of partaking in and learning conventional Glove Puppetry. Also, they are intrigued to explore and discover the rising and development of Glove Puppetry and its culture. Therefore, the trend to inherit and pass on Glove Puppetry culture is developed.
2.Vanguard of learning and inheriting Glove Puppetry: •Besides having field trips to New Paradise Glove Puppetry Troupe, My Puppets, Yunlin Huwei Puppet Museum and other Glove Puppetry Exhibition Halls, students also creatively making script adaptations of historical stories and perform and give lessons on it to experience in depth and pass on Glove Puppetry. By doing so, students display the fruitful results of their study on Glove Puppetry, and hope to arouse others’ passion for it to further promote and pass it on.
•By taking part in Glove Puppetry operation and performance learning activities and absorbing relevant knowledge in all aspects, the students become the vanguard who knows the best about Chuanghua Yuanlin Baiguoshan Glove Puppetry in the community. Apart from broadcasting relevant news to the classmates, they also wish to pass on and reserve Glove Puppetry culture.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
The Research Project’s Influence and Impact on Us:
(1)From Jingxiu Vanguard’s aspect: Through interviewing Qing Fa Wu and several other relevant workers, and through long information gathering, we got to know that there are at least 75 Glove Puppetry Troupe in Chuanghua County. We also learned the origin and development of Glove Puppetry, which were things we did not know. Therefore, we have to work hard to spread and share what we have learned to people from other places, to encourage them to learn Glove Puppetry and let the great culture and spirit of Glove Puppetry keep running.
(2)From the School and Community’s Aspect: This research project on Yuanlin Baiguoshan Glove Puppetry not only obtained the school’s full support but also the assistance and resources from communities and other cities. Local residents and Glove Puppetry relevant workers also supported us without hesitation, which brought them and the school closer, and the students too experienced nice Changhua local friendliness.
(3)The People and the Environment: With the convenience of the Internet, this research project hopes to let others know and appreciate Mr. Wu’s devotion on promoting Glove Puppetry. Also, this project tries to arouse people’s attention to Glove Puppetry, and therefore help to pass on and promote Glove Puppetry.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
How Do Local Parties Assist or Involve in the Research Project?
(1)Full support from the school teachers and staff: During the research and interviews, the principal, deans, teachers and parents all assist and guide the students to do interview, photograph, make reports and solve traffic problems without hesitation. Their instant help and encouragement is our biggest drive.
(2)Thanks New Paradise Glove Puppetry Troupe, My Puppets, Yunlin Huwei Puppet Museum, Chuanghua County Yuanlin, History Studio, Chuanghua County Yuanlin City Office and so on for accepting interviews and providing relevant resources, as well as giving the student team precious experience and knowledge.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Discoveries: 1.Recent statistics show that there are at least 75 Glove Puppetry Tropes in Changhua County and they mainly locate in Changhua City, Yuanlin, Xiushui, Tianzhong , Puxin and Puyan. 2.Yuanlin Baiguoshan is not only a place with beautiful scenery, numerous preserved fruits and well- arranged scenic areas for biking, but it also occupies a prominent position on Glove Puppetry’s culture development and international promotion. 3.Before Qing Fa Wu’s persistent devotion, Glove Puppetry’s conventional culture had been on its downfall. Thanks to him, the culture of Glove Puppetry is now rooting and spreading to international stages. More and more people now know about Glove Puppetry.
Lessons: 1.Must be fully prepared before interviews. Practice how to ask questions, otherwise it would be hard to conduct an interview on the spot. 2.Remember to record and videotape during the interview. Note-taking has to be organized, otherwise it would not be easy to recall the points when synthesizing the information. 3.Finish today’s work efficiently. Records for today’s interview is best done today, so that there won’t be any chance of forgetting details.
Surprises: 1.By his own dint, Qing Fa Wu persistently devoted himself to spread and flourish Glove Puppetry and impressively promoted it in or outside of Taiwan. He had been awarded with prizes many times and received Art Heritage Award, which are remarkable. 2.We witnessed how Mr. Wu made the mute tradition vivid, proving to us that where there is a will, there is a way. 3.It was not until we partook in the project did we know that our hometown Yuanlin is fairly important in Glove Puppetry culture development. It aroused our appreciation and identification with Mr. Wu. We hope everyone learns from him his spirit and persistence.