CyberFair Project ID: 8728

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Fulfillment of craftsmanship Craftsmanship of the Tus’ Erhu
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Huatan Junior High School,Chang Hua
    Huatan Township , Changhua County, Taiwan

10 students, ages 14 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 8, 2024. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2016?2017?2018?2019?2020?2021

Classes and Teachers: Hsu kuo-shu? Chen LiHui? Lin yufen

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

“Local community” describes Changhua! Located in central Taiwan, Changhua is bounded by the Bagua Mountains to the east to connect Nantou County, to the west by the Taiwan Strait, to the south by Zhuoshui River and Yunlin County, and to the north by Wuxi and Taichung City. Later, Emperor Yongzheng gave the name Changhua, which means “to establish a school and to promote elegance.” Since then, “Changhua” was used as the name of the county. Ming-shun Tu, the founder of “The Erhuist,” was a native of Changhua. Mr. Tu started playing the Erhu because his grandfather had one, and he played it out of curiosity, which aroused his interest. Later, Mr. Tu successfully explored the techniques of making the Erhu by himself, and he entered the world of Erhu making in 2000. “The Erhuist” is located in Puxin Township (Changhua). There are many Erhus, tables, and chairs in the workshop, most of which are made of wood. The interior decoration and furnishings are eye-catching and make every visitor feel the traditional art of the extraordinary.

2. Summary of Our Project

Young people from our generation have gradually become unaware of the inheritance of Erhu. Mr. Tu opened an Erhu-making class. He also went to various schools to give lectures and promote Erhu playing, as well as donated many Erhus to other schools, so that students in schools had the opportunity to get in touch with the Erhu, understand the Erhu, and prevent the traditional culture from being lost.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:21-50%

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):

Internet hardware and software environment:The school is equipped with approximately 32 computers, which are available to all students in the school for use. The school’s network bandwidth is 1G.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

In this project, division of labor and cooperation are very important. It was unideal that only one person was responsible for thinking. It was important for everyone to express his/her thoughts and put them into practical actions. We had no experience in making webpages. Therefore, all the processes were very strange to us. We didn’t know what we were supposed to do and what we were capable of.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Due to the participation in the CyberFair, we had the opportunity to visit Mr. Tu, who introduced Erhu to us. Erhu is our traditional musical instrument. However, since the Cultural Revolution in China, the skills of Erhu have been significantly destroyed. To date, the skills associated with Erhu are gradually declining. Mr. Tu taught students how to make Erhu and hoped that the Erhu will continue to be passed down so that the traditional culture will not gradually fade away with time.

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

Our school cooperated with The Erhuist Workshop in this CyberFair project. In terms of project elements, we discussed and raised problems together and solved the difficulties encountered together. Some people provided support and assistance such as providing a good environment and facilities. In addition, teachers also taught us how to use the programs and prepared for the souvenirs required for visiting someone in this project.

Project Elements

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

Video recorders and digital cameras Recorder,Computer software,On-site interviews,Photocopier,Transportation tool,Telephone,Computer classroom,Framed webpageBanner ,Animation,Webpage,Make buttons,Softening,Videos,Photographs for shooting materials,Audio and video files recording the visit,Filming,Recording program,Camera,Mobile phone?Creating animations......Creating the webpage from the collected existing data.

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

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

Erhu is featured by a wide range of artistic properties in the field of music. As a national musical instrument, Erhu has achieved outstanding performance in creation, performance, educational inheritance, musical instrument reform, academic research, and social maintenance. It represents the essence of national instrumental music, shows the modern spirit, and has been widely used and developed in modern society.

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

Our ambition is to help Mr. Tu continue to pass on Erhu. Through this CyberFair competition, our members not only gained a lot of knowledge on how to design related webpages, but also learned how to play the Erhu scales.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

During the interview, Mr. Tu told the story of the notepaper, which enabled us to learn that when we encounter a failure, we may be inspired by new discoveries after changing our perspective! In Taiwan, there is almost no industrial chain for Erhu, and making Erhu is time-consuming and takes a lot of work. It takes at least five years to dry Burmese rosewood, and the wood is not necessarily perfect. The Erhu soundbox has six sides. Not only do the six sides have to be the same size, but they also require the sound to be struck exactly the same, which is extremely difficult. It takes many years for Burmese rosewood to grow. Due to the long time, the middle of the wood may corrode. Erhu cannot be made from just a piece of wood. The skin of the Burmese python is one of the main materials of the Erhu. The skin above the stomach will expand due to eating, and the stretch rate is different. Therefore, so only the skin below the stomach is used to make the Erhu.


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