CyberFair Project ID: 4338

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Taiwanese Flavor.Taiwanese Friendliness
Category: 4. Local Specialties

School: Taipei Municipal Xi-Hu Elementary School
    Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C

8 students, ages 12-13 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 14, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2005

Classes and Teachers: Su-Ya Huang, Chun-Chih Lee, Li-Hsien Lin

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Taiwan, which has also been called “Formosa”, is an island with warm weather and prosperous produce. From high-tech computer products to traditional Taiwanese food, the various Taiwanese culture created by hard-working Taiwanese people, is the performance that all Taiwanese people should be proud of. Taipei, as the capital and an internationally well-known city, is full of different aspects of culture and also a paradise to gourmands. “Tan-a-Mi” are continuously spreading the traditional good taste of Taiwanese cuisine in different ways. We have found that at Howgi Tan-a-Mi. which is located on the intersection of Chung-chuan Road and Chi-lin Road in Taipei, the owner not only sells the traditional Taiwanese taste they insist through the noodles but also their strong love towards Taiwan. By introducing Tan-a-Mi and the restaurant, we hope that people all over the world will not only like Taiwanese cuisine but also know more about Taiwanese culture.

2. Summary of Our Project

First cook a little bit of noodles or spring noodles in boiling water with green leeks and bean sprouts. Put the noodles in a bowl and then add some grinded garlic, vinegar, and a shrimp. Finally add some specially-made meat sauce, broth, and Chinese parsley. Follow the above three easy steps, and you will get a bowl of authentic Chinese cuisine, Tan-a-Mi. Our project is aimed to introduce the history of Tan-a-Mi through the information we have gathered by interviewing, making survey, visiting, and reading journals. In addition, we introduce a famous restaurant in Taipei , Howgi Tan-a-Mi, about how the owners inherit the traditional great taste and how they reserve and promote the culture of traditional Chinese cuisine. We hope we can introduce this restaurant and this special product of Taiwan to our friends from all over the world so they can know more about Taiwanese culture, like Taiwan, and eventually support Taiwan.

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):

Our school has excellent computer facilities. Now we have two brand new computer labs and a multi-media studio, and each teacher has a computer. There are over 200 computers to satisfy every teacher’s and student’s needs. We have an ADSL provided by the Department of Education (Downstream speed: 2Mb, upstream speed: 512k). We also have another ADSL (Downstream speed: 8Mb, Upstream speed: 640k) for our teachers and students to use. Besides, we provide our teachers and students with other equipments such as digital cameras, DVs, scanners, recording systems and software for photos and sound effect. Our school also provide everybody with his or her own e-mail account, space for personal websites and a hardware space of 120MB (1GB for each teacher) to satisfy everybody’s needs for the internet service so as to establish his or her personal website. With those facilities, we cherish every equipment we can use and every chance we can learn. The teachers at the computer lab also make every effort to organize learning programs and all kinds of on-line competitions to improve the ability of the teachers and the students with the hope that everyone will be a master in using computers and the internet service.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

Since we started this project in June 2005, we’ve done lots of interviews and surveys. We had to spend a lot of time because we had trouble interviewing foreigners. It’s not that difficult to communicate with English speakers; however, we had to count on our body language when talking with Japanese. In addition to that, we had some pretty good Taiwanese lessons through the interviews. The students who are not familiar with Taiwanese caused us a lot of trouble. Fortunately all of the teachers can speak Taiwanese and eventually the students get to know quite a lot of Taiwanese slang.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

By participating in this project, we’ve found that a tasty meal doesn’t have to be luxurious. A small bowl of Tan-a-Mi can also bring you a sense of after-delight. During our visiting, we’ve also found that there are different ways and aspects to run a Tan-a-Mi selling business. In addition to the insistence on the traditional flavor, what really touches us is the restaurant owner’s love towards Taiwan. We could tell that from those Taiwanese traditional antiques we saw while we were enjoying the noodles, from the Taiwanese slang written on the walls, from the tables, chairs or even a tiny candy of the old times. All the things in the restaurant made us recollect the spirit and wisdom of our ancestors. And this moving feeling is just as unforgettable as the taste of Tan-a-Mi.

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

The theme of our project is about Taiwanese traditional food – Tan-a-Mi and how “Howgi Tan-a-Mi” keeps Taiwanese folk cultural relic and introduces Taiwanese culture to the world through the noodles. The content of the project includes Taiwanese slang, folk art and cultural relic, traditional toys, history, maps and diet, which covers the fields of art and humanities, languages, social studies, and synthesis activities in Nine years consistent curriculum. Taiwanese slang is a part of the curriculum of local dialects. Students learned to speak some of the phrases and sentences and understood the means, and they also learned to compose comics using Taiwanese slang. For synthesis activities, Mr. Chen, Hon was invited to give a speech about the relationship between life and cuisine. Moreover, the students had to visit the Tantzi noodle restaurants in their neighborhood to compare their differences.

Project Elements

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

The Internet: 1.For collecting related information 2.for searching related journals and articles 3.for contacting the interviewees and handing reports Digital camera: For taking photos during the interviews and other activities DV: For recording the activities Image Capture Card: Capturing the film into computer processing and then burning it into video CDs, for students to arrange the interviewing contents. scanner: For scanning related information and photos Telephone: For the connection between the participants and the interviewees Computer Software: Processing and production of photographs, the film, and web pages using PhotoImpact?Dreamweaver?Namo Webeditor?Mediastudio Audio editor?Flash MX?Swish, video studio.

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

Our students were very happy to participate in the project because they could taste Tan-a-Mi at different restaurants. Therefore, they would like to share the result of the project as the ambassador of gourmet. The students had to have the ability to use the internet so that they could share the result with their teachers and classmates, introduce the process of cooking Tan-a-Mi to others after the interviews and also establish the website.

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

The main theme of our project is to introduce Howgi Tan-a-Mi. During the whole process, what impressed us the most was the owner, Mr. Lin. Mr. Lin has run the business for ten years and has had a great achievement, but he has still kept his respect to the customers by using the best ingredients and providing the best service. Mr. Lin also has a concern for culture. He has spent a lot of money printing cards and notes with Taiwanese slang on them as free gifts for his customers and he has continuously collected Taiwanese folk cultural relic and traditional toys. His purpose of doing these is to get everybody to pay more attention on Taiwanese culture. As a restaurant owner, Mr. Lin’s concern for culture has influenced every student in this project.

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

Since we had to visit the Tan-a-mi stands in our neighborhood, we had more chance to meet the people around us. The owners of the stands were all very friendly and helpful to us. In addition to that, the students' parents played a very important role in this project. they helped us by providing transportaion and giving suggestion to us.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

When we passed the Tantze noodle stand in our neighborhood, we sometimes stopped by and ordered a bowl to satisfy our hunger without paring too much attention on it. However, after working on this project, we look at the noodles differently and have a deep respect for the noodles. When we saw lots of tourists from other countries coming to Howgi on holiday nights just to taste the noodles, we were deeply moved and we knew that tantze noodles made Taiwan well-known to the world.


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