1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
(1). Telephones: we use telephones to check things with our interviewers; besides, teachers and students also use telephones to discuss making homepage.
(2). Computers and copy machines: we find which books we need on which bookshelves in the library via computers, and also use copy machines to copy the contexts that we need.
(3). Tape recorders: we use tape recorders to record the process of interviewing; then we transform it into written form.
(4). Digital cameras: we transmit the pictures taken by the digital cameras into computers.
(5). Scanners and image processing software: photoimpact5.0, UMAX-scanner ¡C
(6). Internet: we learn to use Internet to survey the information we need, also, we exchange our experiences via e-mail.
(7). Dreamweaver 3.01 of Chinese version: we learn to use Dreamweaver 3.01 of Chinese version to make homepage, and to send up and download information.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
(1). After double-checking the content of the questionnaire, instructors ask each of us to assume each part of the questionnaire and then to interview different clusters of people. We ask the uncles, aunts and some little children in the neighborhood to fill in the questionnaire, and they are all glad to do so.
(2). Zhang Rui-zhi, one of our members and is an Ata-yal, whose father is acquainted with Tian Gui-shi, an original organizer of Facial Art Workshop, so Rui-zhi and his father visit Mr. Tian personally. Knowing the purpose of our monograph, Mr. Tian promises immediately that he is willing to tell us all things about facial art that he knows without reservation. This is why we can visit Ke-le villege on Nov.11 without having difficulties.
(3). Zheng Zhen-qin, who works in the Hualien Hospital and once studied Guidance curriculums in our school, knows that we are doing researches on facial art, so she eagerly introduces us to Wang Nai-chang, the head of social service . We go to visit Mr. Wang on Nov.28 and ask him several questions about facial-tattooed senior citizens, and he answers our questions enthusiastically. Without government¡¦s financial subsidization, people of the Hualien Hospital use the fund for philanthropy to take care of these facial-tattooed senior citizens and charge for nothing. We are touched deeply by their philanthropic behaviors.
(4). On Dec.21, we visit Lin Jin-fu, a chief of the bureau of aboriginal administration, knows that we are doing researches on facial art, so he eagerly answers our questions and copies down valuable information about facial art for us.
(5). Man Ru-yiag, who teaches in our school, knows that we are going to visit facial-tattooed senior citizens, therefore, asks Tian Gui-fang, her husband¡¦s good friend, to introduce us to visit facial-tattooed senior citizens. With Mr. Tian¡¦s translation and introduction we interview a facial-tattooed senior citizen of 89 years old on Dec.23.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
From our questionnaire we find out that most people have ever heard facial art, nevertheless, not many people truly understand the process of facial tattoos, the tools, its spirit and meaning. Not only the non-aborigines but also the youngsters of the Ata-yal people do not completely realize the spirit and meaning of facial art. From doing our research we come to realize that the government authorities and some private groups gradually experience the value of facial-tattooed senior citizens, and they treat these senior citizens as national treasures. Now the facial-tattooed senior citizens are offered better social welfare and medical treatment. For the reason that not many people truly understand the spirit and meaning of facial art, so we decide to set up the web site hoping to make the spirit and meaning of facial art clear and distinct. While doing so, we earn lots of encouragement from our teachers, government officials and people of the community. They know we are eager to learn, therefore, they also do their best to offer us as much information as possible. We are grateful for their help and their encouragement.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
(1). After we decide the topic of facial art, we busy ourselves with collecting written information, and we go to the library of National Hualien Teacher¡¦s College searching for some papers via the cooperation between libraries. Thanks to Miss Yang, who works in the library of National Hualien Teacher¡¦s College, that we can obtain more abundant information.
(2). We cherish that Ye Xiu-yun and Jian Li-zhen, teachers of our school, offer us written information; that parents of the community, Qiu Wen-gui who is the head of our school, and teachers good at computer technology, advise us to make homepage.
(3). During the proceeding of questionnaire survey, we obtain lots of help from parents of the community; we are grateful to Tian De-cai, Dr. Chen Dao-ming, Dr. Zhang Wen-jin and Lu Quan-jing for their participation our interview.
(4). Wang Nai-chang, the head of social service , and Lin Jin-fu, a chief of the bureau of aboriginal administration, they both tell us more detail information about facial-tattooed senior citizens; Tian Gui-shi, Zheng Zhen-qin, and Man ru-yiag, it is with their introduction that we have further chances to interview some important figures; and we are grateful for Tian Gui-Fang¡¦s clear and distinct translation, and thank GuMuWumao for his acceptance of our asking for interview. Every time before we start our visiting, we tell the interviewees our purpose for this visiting, they all think it meaningful that we participate the contest sponsored by the Website Exhibition in Taiwan, for this reason they are willing to offer written information and to accept answering our questions. This really give us a lot help.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
(1). Lesson: We experienced frustrations and failures while making the homepage, however, the experience enables us to make our homepage better and approaching perfect. Practice makes perfect, and we will keep on growing if we really learn something from our shortcoming.
(2). Discovery: Because of the monograph, we learn a lot about facial art; from the research, I know how to make homepage, and this helps me complete this report successfully and this enriches my daily life; also from the disappearance of facial art of the Ata-yal people we come to realize that as well as a nation can not exist without their particular culture, a nation has right to maintain its good and meaningful culture. Back of the facial art exists so profound wisdom and extraordinary value that astonishes me. With the decrease of facial-tattooed senior citizens, we should try hard to protect and to broadcast the spirit of this art and culture.
(3). Wonder: While discussing facial art as particular culture in Taiwan, students of our group can not figure out why people do not pay attention to such important cultural heritage. Is that because we do not understand it? Therefore, we decide to research this topic to make it known; and now that Taiwan is not big enough, however she contains abundant cultural heritages. The most important thing is that we should not ignore the culture of our own to follow the track of foreign countries.