1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
Interview: Visit puppeteers of Puppet Theatres, managers of Puppet Museums, and Cosplayer. Digital camera: Most of our photos are taken from the digital camera bought by our teachers. Telephone:We always use telephone to contact interviewees to arrange time. Tape recorder: We use three tape recorders and lots of tapes during our interviews. Scanner: Scan the pictures, photos and information. Computer and Internet:Find out the necessary information. Software: Use FrontPage2002, Photo Impact 8, Word, Excel, WsFtp. E-mail, MSN: Connect the students at home and kept every one updated. Books and Reporters: Collect related information.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
While interview, we gained respect for and culture-worker for caring about the preservation of Budaixi. They were glad to know that more and more persons value the culture treasure gradually. We hope to propagate Budaixi into our school. Thus, we invited Hsiao Hsi Yuan Puppet Theater to hold a Budaixi Show at our school. Every student was amazing and asked our principal to have the Budaixi lesson. The puppeteers promised that if our school establishes the Budaixi club, they will be free to teach us. Maybe we would have a Budaixi club soon!
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
Formerly, learning was limited to language, mathematics, music, and sports etc in school. But the process of study is not confined to the classroom or schoolbooks. While education is becoming more global we should cherish our own indigenous culture at the same time. We wished to enable our community to understand the beauty of our traditional art further by establishing this topical homepage. Through the internet we could strengthen the understanding and concern about Budaixi. We hope to propagate Budaixi into our community. Wen-Long, Being an industrial zone, residents do not care about what they do in the free time. There are not many places for them to go, and children only like to watch TV, play computer games. We would like to have a circuit of teaching in our community. We could teach them DIY making the figure, and maybe hold a contest or exhibition. Some villages show their interest to learn, some want to help. Maybe our dream would come true soon.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
We want to thanks many persons who provided us a lot of valuable information, enriching the contents of our website. They are as follow: Puppeteers of Hsiao Hsi Yuan Puppet Theater, Puppeteers of Happy Puppetry Company, Puppeteers of Iwan Jan Puppet Theater, Puppeteers of Seden Taiwanese Puppet Troupe, Mr. Robin of Da-Daucheng Puppet Museum, Miss Cheng of Song Song Song Children’s Puppet Theater, Miss Wang of Taiwan Theater Museum, Mr. Chuan-Tsan Li of Ten-Lu Li Puppet Museum, Mr. Chen of Budaixi Boutique, Cosplayers whose names are secrets, And big brothers and sisters from Fu Jen Catholic University taught us web-making. Lastly, we have to thank our several enthusiastic parents who stayed by our side all the time.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
Along with the change of society, traditional art culture was forgotten by the people gradually. In this project, we realize the burden to be a cultural art performer. Budaixi is the culture product that combines Fukien dialect, Bakuan music, carvings, color-painting, embroidery and technique of controlling the puppet. We hope to make more people understand Budaixi; even learn to' play” it. Perhaps, Budaixi would be as popular as Disney cartoon, or become a widely popular amusement such as NBA.