CyberFair Project ID: 4966

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: The Formosa Chamomile - Chen Chu
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: Kaohsiung Senior High School
    Kaohsiung, Taiwan, R.O.C.

7 students, ages 16-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 15, 2007. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2004,2005,2006

Classes and Teachers: Jackson Liu,Tiger Wu,Chia-Ying Su

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Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Kaohsiung is the most famous seaport in southern Taiwan. People there still keep the plain, kind, and substantive traditional spirits. In 1990s, the Taiwanese who were under controlled by Martial Law began to demonstrate against the government. “The Formosa Magazine Event” which shocked the world occurred in 1979. Though Ms. Chen Chu was born in Yilan, she chose to fight against the government with people in Kaohsiung. At last, she was arrested and sentenced to death. The struggles of Ms. Chen were most connected to Kaohsiung, including Social Affairs Bureau of Kaohsiung City Director. Chen Chu said that “Kaohsiung is her second mother hometown”.

2. Summary of Our Project

Chen Chu is a local politician. She grew up in a agricultural family. When she was 19, the plain country girl began to put effort into Taiwan democracy. She spoke loudly for political freedom and the human right. And because of that, she was sent into prison at “the Formosa magazine event”. But she never changed her attitude, still using her passion on her career and tried to let people had free and happy living environment.We can learn something from the lady, for her passion, courage and love.Now that’s what we are going to show you!

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:2-3

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:not sure

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:2-3

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

They were just great. Thanks to the help of school for providing such complete equipments.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

At first, the most difficult part is the control of progress. Because when we decided to make Ms. Chen Chu as our topic, she just made up her mind to run for the mayor of Kaohsiung. It’s hard to interview the candidate, but we reached 30 minutes to interview her at last. After this, we decided to interview those people who know Ms. Chen Chu. On the other hand, we can observe Ms. Chen from all aspects. Moreover, facing enormous files is another great challenge to us. The origins of our information are from interview, the books about Ms. Chen, books about democratic movement, news, etc.How to integrate all this information and present on the web. We break our neck because we want to present our best to all of you. Hope all of you can feel it.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

We think Cyberfair offered a great chance to let us use knowledge and passion to discover our hometown. And schools can also use these website to teach students. Every one can learn something from Cyberfair!

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

As for the hardware: Our project was done by using computers. Digital camera was used to capture valuable images; we use telephones and cell phones to discuss with our teammates. More importantly, we saw Chen Chu’s workroom through our cameras. It also became a precious and eternal memento. As for the software: we used Dream Weaver MX along with Photo Impact 10 to compose the websites. We have used all kinds of instruments to collect data and set up websites. We supervised working progress of each teammate. These tools were from teachers, interviewees (teachers, classmates, citizens, etc.), parents. These instruments we have used more or less influenced us. Computers were the one that helped us the most. Software such as image-editing and web design software helped us a great deal with our project. These different function instruments made our project possible. They indicated different kinds of technology. We learned a lot from them.

Project Elements

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

Story of Ms. Chen Chu can be separated into three parts. The chapter of childhood, chapter of democratic movement, and chapter of the government affairs’ official. This country girl unintentionally joined the politic when she was 19. At the time under the martial law, Ms. Chen got in touch with the elitist politician overseas, and participated in many democratic movements. She devoted her youth for Taiwan’s democracy, and because of this she was sent to jail for six years. After she occupied the public employment, she practically put her ideal of human rights into practice. We can find every part of Taiwan politics’ progresses on Ms. Chen Chu.

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

At first, we contacted with related people by visiting the serving agency, which was founded when Chen Chu was running for the election. We visited them for many times then, and found the next target that we needed to visit. In that way, we visited Legislator Lee, Chief Hung and County magistrate Yang, just like catching an end of a line. Gradually, we know Chen Chu’s pluralistic features in our interviews. Additionally, we paid a visit to Chen Chu’s hometown – Yilan. We communicated with many people as well (and often in the traditional Taiwanese language). The driver of the car we rented also knew something about Chen Chu; as a result, we added a trip arranged by the driver on the first day, visiting two elders Mr. Chen and Mr. Xie, and they invited us to have a dinner enthusiastically as well. The boss of the B&B we lived that night, Mr. Huang, a retired teacher from Yilan Senior High School, is familiar with Chen Chu’s family members. The next day, Mr. Huang took us to visit around. The local people, such as the teachers and volunteers of some foundation, inspector and her wife in Yilan, and Chen Chu’s cousin and his wife helped us enthusiastically, too. This report is finished with the help of many people from local communities, and we hope that this website can repay for their help.

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

When we were born, Taiwan has left away from the epoch of “Period of Martial Law“ for a long time. There are so many things, such as “White Terror“ and “One Party Dictatorship“, that we can not realize in deed. Especially, we all live in this free, democratic and multi-dimensional generation. But through this opportunity of Cyberfair, we read books, magazines and contacted with related public figures to ask them. And then we realized some truths about Taiwan history, and understood that: What we have about our freedom is fight for by elders. It contains so many sacrifice, braveness and strivings, and it’s also implanted blood and tears. In the future, we maybe won’t become politicians, but we learned so several experiences from Chen Chu. That’s a rare opportunity. Most of all, it’s a treasure of life. On this small island, Taiwan, twenty-three million people seems be divided into areas of two different colors. That is not the truth, and it is just caused by the extravagances of the presses. In fact, there are so many kind and homely people are admirable. That is what we hope to set out those heart-stirring stories, and show their great spirit. Through our website, everybody around the world can see a girl grown up in the countryside. Although she doesn’t have a high academic background and ambitions of a politician, she still drew an important stroke of democracy of Taiwan with her fervent enthusiasm. Also, people living in Taiwan can understand those histories from events that Chen Chu joined in before (You won’t feel you are reading icy annalistic histories. Contrarily, it’s just like Chen Chu describes them in the presence of you.). After understanding adequately, they can still see Chen Chu continue striving for Taiwan just like before. We sincerely hope that people living in Taiwan can combine history with their connotations. That is what we expect that people can gain from this subject.

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

Some answers have been given in Question 2, but we are so thankful that we have to mention the people who helped us once more. First, we must thank Chen Chu for accepting our interview. Although it was not a long interview, it let us know more about the first formal woman mayor of Kaohsiung and her stories about struggling for the democracy of Taiwan. Next, thanks for Chen Chu’s vassals, relatives and close friends, such as Legislator Lee, Chief Hung, County magistrateYang, Mr Chen, Mr. Xie, Chi Lin foundation (which was founded by Chen Chu’s confrere and close friend Mr. Lin) and Chen Chu’s cousin and his wife (we mentioned them before) ; they also helped us a lot. As we contacted with them, they were always as helpful as possible, however busy they were. After that, when we were in Yilan, we met many people that aren’t related to Chen Chu, but they knew her very much, because her hometown is Yilan and she was so famous and hardworking that almost everyone in Yilan were moved by her. When they knew we were making a project about Chen Chu, they all became enthusiastic as if they were eager to tell us everything about her. Finally, but not necessarily lastly, our teacher paid a lot efforts and time. Without her, we wouldn’t have finished this project. We ought to thank her with our sincere gratitude.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

The differences from reading up literature records are that we’ve interviewed many people (such as litigants, administrative personnel, Chen Chu’s friends and Comrades, etc.)Through the interviews, we were given many helps from those enthusiastic kind men. They told us all things about we want to know, even we didn’t think of before. These crumbs of dedication all made us touch beyond words. However, the inexperience of comely communication let us come under the stress first time. But we also learn a lot from solving those problems. Most of all, it is felicitous to take particular in this competition. Although there were so many obstacles in the progress, everyone pulled together to clean over them. We once immersed ourselves in that strong and mild friendship. What a fantastic moment! Seeing is believing. We’ve visited Chen Chu’s hometown, Ilan, for three days. We left far away from hustle and bustle of the city life. In spite of short time, on this pristine land, we just comprehended the cradle of democracy, enthusiasms of civilians, and their strong attachment to this place. I think, It must bring everybody the richest and the most unforgettable memories. And so did the Cyberfair subject. We know something that we didn’t know before. And then, we’ll follow this spirit and continue picking up the small shells at the beach. Just like Newton!


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