CyberFair Project ID: 8639

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The grocery store near home- Traceability and investigation of the Tua-loo pîng settlement
Category: 5. Local Attractions (Natural and Man-Made)

School: Tsun Shang Elementary School
    Changhua County, , Taiwan

6 students, ages 11~12 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 9, 2022. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2021

Classes and Teachers: Weng Mu Chia, Lin Chin Feng, Lai Hong Wei

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Changhua County is located in the central part of Taiwan, To the north is the Taichung City, to the east is Nantou County, and Yunlin County is in the south. Changhua County is an important hub for Taiwan's travel from south to north. It is an important hub for Taiwan's travel from south to north. Changhua County has a long history, and our research topic is to explore the legendary development of the local tourist settlement-Tua-loo pîng community.

2. Summary of Our Project

The Han people have a long history of developing Changhua. The early Han people had a strong sense of territory and formed village settlements between different families or ethnic groups in Changhua. The object of our study is the Tua-loo pîng community. This settlement was established in 1803 by the Lai family and has a history of more than 200 years. The grocery store hidden in the settlement along the road has been in business since 1974. It was originally only to meet the daily needs of the community, and later developed into a nostalgic grocery shop. In recent years, the operation of the overall construction of the community, and then through the local beliefs to unite the clan's centripetal force, have ushered in changes in the original settlement in the west of the sunset. Through interviews with local elders and the collection of relevant documents, we can be aware of the changes in our environment, understand the past, and move towards the future.

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

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

It is difficult to judge the value of the large amount of data collected, especially in the section of historical documents, there are many contradictions, or a conflict between the period and the historical facts. We compared the literature from various sources, and the oral history from local elders, trying to piece together the story behind the hideout. It is difficult for students to use the information they have checked in the field during the field research, such as the form of houses. Then we took photos and compared them with the literature on the premises to solve the problem.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

By participating in School Cyberfair thematic action research, We learned more about the story of the land under our feet, and observed that old customs and practices are still lurking around us, and these past accumulations are our rich treasures now. During our research, we accidentally discovered that the students living in the neighborhood were blood relatives, which brought us closer together. A government project to renovate an old settlement in the dying days has given us a chance to change. If you act, there is hope.

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

Our research is integrated with student learning, and through the search and consolidation of literature, students develop the ability to synthesize information and write essays. During the fieldwork in settlements, students can effectively practice observing various details of reality, and at the same time feel the possible gap between literature and reality during the process. In the interviews with local elders, the overall context is sorted out, and then the atmosphere of teamwork is cultivated, and the results are shared with each other, then the special research is completed. This study is especially integrated with the social field because it can see the historical process of early Han Chinese family development, so that the participating students can corroborate with what they have learned, and the descriptions in textbooks are actually the lives of our ancestors.

Project Elements

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

First, students used the Internet to find relevant information and used the 100-year old map of Taiwan provided by the GIS Center of Academia Sinica to verify the earliest date of the Dalu-banking settlement that is currently available. Secondly, we use cell phones to take photos and record the interviews, and then use laptops and tablets to organize and edit the interview data into documents documents. During the study, we use a 75' touch screen to project relevant data from the computers and discuss the integrated data with each other.

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

During the research project, the students experienced the fusion of old traditions and modern life. The old environment and the new changes affect each other, seemingly in conflict with each other, but here they unexpectedly merge with each other. Students observed the close bonding of early families and unexpectedly discovered that they were blood relatives. After understanding the history and changes of the entire settlement, the students tried to Interpret for other students so that they could also experience the rich story of the Tua-loo pîng settlement.

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

In this special study, we found the centuries-old story of a local family, the family formed a large three-section compound group here. In modern society, such three-section compound are becoming rare, but here we see a large three-section compound with ten wings, it’s amazing! In order to share this special story, we have collected and interviewed various information and made a webpage to share it with more people, so that they can know the special story of the Tua-loo pîng settlement, and if they have the opportunity to come here then they can experience the special scenery of the fusion of modern and ancient times.

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

(1)During the project, the school staff and parents contributed to the project so that the children could overcome the problems and explore the project successfully. (2)Special thanks to Mr. Lai Chi-ming, the Township Councilman, Mr. Tsai Hsiu-fung, the chairman of Daqiao Community Development Association, Mr. Lai Min-hong, the chairman of FU MAO oil enterprise company, and Mr. Lai Ching-choi, the owner of Tua-loo pîng grocery store.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

Through our research, we found out that we are surrounded by such a special triplex community with many family stories, there is a nearly 50 years old grocery store hidden in the alley, keeps the history of this settlement quietly. Although the changes of the times have led to the decline of the Tua-loo pîng settlement, but in recent years, the concept of community building has caused changes. We hope our research will help more people to know the story of the Tua-loo pîng settlement.


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