1. Description of Our Community
Lukang, the place where we live, is a small town with many temples and old buildings. Although it is no longer one of the leading cities in Taiwan, it used to be the second biggest city on the island about two hundred years ago. At that time, Lukang was an important busy business harbor between Mainland China and Taiwan,and so many people came to do business and then even settled down. Among those immigrants, some of their families earned a great fortune in business and became famous in Lukang. The topic of the story, the Ding Family, is one of them. Now, let us work together to know something about "Ding's in Lukang - Far-Famed Family of Scholars for Generations."
2. Summary of Our Project
Since there are so many remarkable families in Lukang, why do we choose “the Ding Family” as our topic? This can be due to three reasons. First, it was in this family that the famous Scholar Ding who passed the highest level of the national civil service exam of Qing Dynasty. Second, there was a son with filial duty in this family. Last but not least, two members of our team also come from the Ding Family and both of them are excellent in their study. We cannot help but wonder about what on earth makes the Ding Family so distinguishing. Therefore, this time we choose to research the past of the family and reveal their benevolent deeds. In the end, we hope we can give our readers a more vivid and clear picture of "Ding's in Lukang - Far-Famed Family of Scholars for Generations."
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:1
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):
Most of our research works were done in the second computer lab in our school which has the T1 ADSL (1.5M) connections provided by the Chunghua Telecom. If the guidance teachers assigned any homework, then it was done in students’ homes. Some of the students have ADSL(512K) connections at home, some are still using the 56K modem.
4. Problems We Had To Overcome
(1) Selection of the topic: At first, we wanted to do our search on the topic of “The House of Scholar Ding’s” and used it to compete under the category of “Historical Landmarks”. It not only was honor to be a historical landmark by the county government and it was also destroyed in the 921 earthquake.We heard from Principle Ding that the Ministry of Internal Affairs and our county government were budgeted to rebuild the house. However, the rebuild process can not start since no one applies for doing it. Then, we thought that since the rebuilding process of “House of Scholar Ding’s” are being delayed for so long, we wanted to put it under the category of “Environmental Awareness” and do our researches on it. We wanted to use it to let everyone to be more aware of the rebuilding process of historical landmark. When Principle Ding provided us with the information about Ding’s, we accidentally found out that the people from Ding’s are more interesting than other factors. In the end, we switched the topic to “The Ding’s in Lukang” and use it to compete under the category of “Community Groups and Special Populations”. Finally, our guidance teachers rewrote the topic as “Ding’s in Lukang - Far-Famed Family of Scholars for Generations." (2) Difficulties of interviewing members in Ding’s. Most people of the Ding’s already moved out of Lukang and have their own life. Only few of the Ding's still live in Lukang. We were unable to have face to face interviews with other members in Ding’s. Principle Ding told us that many members of the Ding’s immigrated to other countries already, it then became very difficult for us to interview people from Ding’s. Finally, we can only held phone interviews with those members who still live in Taiwan; those we interviewed were the representatives from the “seven concubines’ family” from Ding’s.
5. Our Project Sound Bite
Lin Zhi-Yu, one of our teammates pointed out that “I learned a lot because of this competition and I also meet many friends whom I did not know in school before and I also learn how to make a webpage." We want to say thanks to our guidance teachers, without them we will not be able to see and meet those famous people. With their great cares, we learned and grew. This is an experience which I never experienced before.When we learned how to make a webpage, I felt that it is a very difficult task., but all other teammates stills work hard to learn it even thought they have no knowledge about it as well. I suddenly realized that if I want to be in this competition, I have to work hard for it, because it is going to help me to learn things before the others, and I need to try my best at all times. The way I feel now can be described like an old saying "Success only goes to those who work hard."
6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?
Our research project can correspond to the coursework on the following factors: (A) On the language part, we had the opportunities to practice our listening and speaking abilities in Taiwanese when we were interviewing the elder members of Ding’s. Since they all communicated in Taiwanese, sometimes we had a very hard time to communicate with them and we had to ask our mothers for help. We realized that if we do not know Taiwanese, we can not communicate with elders. (B) In the social factor, during our research and interview period we learned the following: (1) Our visit to Scholar Ding’s house let us know the structure of the “four-section compound”. (2) When we were interviewing Principle Ding, we learned that it was very hard to take the government held exams in the old times, and it is very difficult to score first on it, and how it brought honors to the family even for the later generations. Hence, it is very important that we study hard. (3) When we were interviewing Miss Lee, she told us that we have to reserve our family records, because every family has its own uniqueness. (4) We were touched by Ding Ke-Jia’s devotions for his parent from the 36 Stories of the Most Dutiful Sons. (C) In the art and humanity factor: we found out that there was a famous calligrapher in Ding’s, he was Mr. Ding Yu-Xi. Mr. Ding was a very famous calligrapher at the old times in Lukang. We borrow a book from Principle Ding in which there was much calligraphy written by Mr. Ding Yu-Xi and it helped us to see the beauty of his writings.We were touched to see the writing and painting on the walls in the house of Ding’s when we visited there; and also the hand writings of Scholar Ding which was Miss Lee's collection now. Although we didn't actually understand the meaning of the words, but we see how these ancient people enjoy their writings.