1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
We used home computers as well as the computers at school, home telephones, mobile phones, digital cameras, scanners in school, tape recorders, digital voice recorders, library books, newspaper articles and materials from the national archives.
There was one incident whereby some members of the group conducted an interview using a speakerphone, as the interviewee was very busy. They had to put the voice recorder very close to the speakerphone in order to record it properly.
These tools has helped us with sorting out our information and basically putting up our website.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
For the Cyberfair project, we had to contact people for interviews, to find out information, or to obtain permission to use their photographs or information on our website.
We contacted: National Archives; Imperial War Museum through e-mail, Our Interviewees; National Archives; Mendaki; Sinda; Peranakan Association; Eurasian Association by telephone
We visited Sentosa; National Archives; Interviewees’ homes; places of historical interest; libraries (school and community)
We interviewed: Mr Aw Teck Chin, Mdm Choo Chooi Fong, Mr Hoe Lin Kit, Mr Koh Ban Hin, Mdm Lau Chye Doh, Mdm Lee, Mr Lee Kip Lee, Mr Lim Ah Ang, Mrs Lim Ming Zhen, Mdm Lim Yue Lin, Mdm Loh Lye Yong, Mdm Louise Branson, Mr Ng Ek Khiam, Mdm Rosalind Foo Juat Ngim, Mr Royston Tan, Mr Sitamparam, Mrs Sigamany, Mdm Sng Lang Keng, Mrs Tan Yoon Yin, Mr Tan Lam Yeong, Encik William Gwee
We researched: Books; National Archives (transcripts; photographs; oral interviews) We used Internet search engines, and visited the National Heritage Board website.
Most people, upon hearing our project title, thought that our project was an interesting one. For example, Dr. Ismail Sudderuddin, Director of the National Resilience Division, Ministry of the Information and the Arts mentioned that “[our] project is interesting and [he was] sure the [we] will benefit from it". Our teachers (especially our history teachers) also looked through the website and gave us invaluable feedback on the content and layout of our website. Some of our interviewees also helped us quite a lot, by giving us some useful information, giving us a lift to the nearest bus or MRT stop etc. For more, please read our acknowledgements
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
From our History textbooks, we learn about the famous people during the Japanese Occupation. However, civilians who managed to survive the war were not mentioned at all. We are certain that these civilians have many stories about the war to share. It took them much bravery and courage to live through such times of hardship. Thus we decided to make use of this website to bring these Unsung Heroes to the limelight. To do so, we tried to contact people of different races for interviewing, so that we could provide different points of view of the Japanese Occupation. We intend to give another dimension World War Two to the world, hoping that through the interviews we have carried out, we would be able to connect people who have survived the sufferings of the war with the younger generation, in an effort to bridge the gap between both generations. In this way, better understanding among the young and old can be built up. First hand accounts from the interviews would give valuable insights to how the survivors lived during the Japanese Occupation.
We have built the website to recognize these people, for the courage they have shown in surviving those harsh years, and also their invaluable contribution to the society during those trying times. We hope that through this website, more people would be willing to come up to tell us about their experience in World War 2 around the world, not just in the Japanese Occupation. We also hope that through this website, we have presented the Japanese Occupation in Singapore and Malaya from the human perspective, making history more interesting and allow students to have a deeper understanding of the past.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We contacted Sinda, Mendaki, Peranakan Association, Eurasian Association to look for interviewees. These prominent associations represent the different races in Singapore. We contacted them, as many people belong to these associations and they were able to provide us with contacts and names of potential interviewees. They certainly gave us quite a few, thus we had more people to interview and we were able to listen to more interesting stories of the war. These people include Mr. Royston Tan, Mdm Louise Branson, Mr. William Gwee, Mr. Sitamparam.
Our project also involved our family members of different generations. For example, Mandy’s parents were very enthusiastic about helping her take photographs of Fort Canning. Amanda’s aunt was also involved as she was excited to help her translate the interview with her grandfather for he spoke in a dialect called “Hokkien”. Even Samantha’s older sister, Miss Jaime Koh, helped by assisting her with the guestbook. We too, interviewed our grandparents who were more than willing to share their wonderful experiences with us.
Our parents helped most by bringing us to different places and giving us endless support by allowing us to go back to school to complete this project during the holidays. Our family members were also willing to spend some time to review our site, and give constructive comments so that we could improve on our website.
When we contacted the National Archives, National Heritage Board etc. to ask for the permission to use their materials on our website, they also offered some encouraging comments, and allowed us to use their materials. We also tried to contact the Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom via e-mail for permission to use some of their photos too.
Our teachers also helped by setting up interviews with their parents and reviewing our web pages.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Please refer to http://www.scgs.edu.sg/cyberfair2003/conclusions/reflections.html