CyberFair Project ID: 4676

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The feeling of Tu nationality
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

School: Qinglin Township Tu Center School
    Xining, Qinghai, China

15 students, ages 14-16 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on June 8, 2006. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): none

Classes and Teachers: Zhao guangxing, Shang qingsheng, Liu yongchang, He zhanbin, Li lianxiong

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site:

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Datong Hui and Tu People Autonomous County lies in the east of Qinghai province. Datong is in the joint area between Tibetan plateau and loess highland. It is surrounded by mountains and a very beautiful place. Datong is the inhabiting area of Hui, Tu, Tibetan and Han people who work and live harmoniously for generations. Tu people are the mixed blood of local people and Mongolian who stationed army as they invaded China. Tu people live on both farming and herding. They pay lots of attention to etiquette. They have colorful folk art and literature. Their dress, food, wedding ceremony and funeral are very special. They have their own dialect and religion.

2. Summary of Our Project

Tu is a very special people among Chinese 56 minorities. Tu people are industrious and warmhearted and they have characteristic folk custom. But as more Tu people merge with Han, they are affected by Han’s culture and custom. And Tu’s tradition is gradually disappearing. Taking the opportunity of participating in the Cyber Fair, we want to dig out the lost Tu culture and make more people know about it and save it.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:none

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dial-up modem

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

Our school has only one computer can connect with the dial modem at the speed of 56k and the high cost disables us to spend long time on the internet.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

It is the first time we take part in Cyber Fair and we have no experience. At first we even didn’t have any ideas, fortunately Taiwan Hualian Growth Center and Town and Talent company offered us a lot of help. We contact and communicate by means of email and phone calls. Only after several times of communicating can the problems be solved. Our school has only one computer with the dial modem at the speed of 56k and the high cost disables us to spend long time on the internet. From Dec.3 2005, our region had no electricity until 8:30pm. The interview record could not type in computers. In that situation, our team members Jing Shaoxiong, Li Xinxin and Zhang Shengyan led by our teachers Zhao Guangxing and Li Lianxiong walked miles to our school after dinner. After 8:30 they began the work until 11:30 and walked back home. We didn’t know how to use computer at first and our teacher trained us several times. We didn’t have enough time. We enrolled Cyber Fair in October and we had a busy curriculum schedule. We had to collect material after school and in the weekends. Because of hardworking and support from our school, we finish our work in such a short time.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We didn’t realize the gradual disappearance of Tu culture was in such serious condition until we visited some Tu people. Only a small number of old Tu people could tell us something about Tu culture. It further proved that we had chosen a necessary topic. Take this chance we will try dig out more lost Tu culture and keep them in many ways and make contribution to spreading the culture. This is the most thing we gain from the activity

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

Students have realized that internet has affluent resource and they have reviewed and consolidated what they have learned when making the website. We have learned how to use video camera, digital camera and scanner. The curriculum of our school has been adjusted that the proportion of information technology education is increased , and the software application ability is more important than the original knowledge. The goal of computer teaching is that student can realize the resources of interest is extremely rich and can consolidate knowledge through making page layout.

Project Elements

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

1\Hardward Video Camera : Recording Digital Camera : Recording Digital Drawing : drawing picture Scanner : scan photos Recorder : record interview Library : looking for material Computer: looking for material 2\Traffic Bikes and Motorcycle: visit and research 3\Software Dreamweaver MX2004 : Making Web Pages Macromedia Fireworks MX 2004 : Making Web Pages photoshop 7.0 : Processing of pictures Microsoft Word 2000 : Processing of data FTP : Upload

Computer and digital camera are the most important tools. Without them we can not finish our work.

Internet is the most useful technology. We can get a lot of valuable material on the internet.

The webpage:

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

During the interviews we arose many old people’s deep memory of Tu culture and make persons around realize the attractiveness of Tu culture. We believe our web can make more people pay more attention to and know about Tu culture and join us protecting it.

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

Our project drew a lot of attention of the local people. They all thought it was a good opportunity to spread Tu culture and make the world know Datong.

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

Visit and phone call are the main methods we adopt. We were moved that the old Tu people were very glad to tell us all they knew and linked others who knew more as we visited them. The local government also gave us a lot of support, providing some important material and encouraged and praised what we did.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We find the disappearance of Tu culture is very serious. The living habit of young Tu people is no difference from Han. Only a few old Tu people remain some Tu custom. Before the project, we always assumed the disappearance was began from Chinese opening and reform, but now we realized it began in the beginning of 1990s.


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