1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?
We took advantage lots of instruments in the process of making the webpages, such as digital cameras, traditional cameras, video recorders, TVs, priinters, scanners, recorders, printers, internet, and libraries. Among them, what really matters most was digital cameras by which the author took pictures for exhibition. In addition to it, the other important instrument was comuter by which the autor could allocate pictures and words to form the website. Web-making technology was the most inistrumental to the author, premarily because it helped the author to make the website smoothly and appropriately.
2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.
We spent our holidays interviewing these noodles making people, including the companies selling raw materials and those street vendors. Through them, we got to know more about the history, recipe, instrument, current situation, and others of noodles. Back to school, we held a series of events for our schoolmates to get to know further about noodles, including a photo show, a sketching competition, children’s poetry display, an exhibition of noodles snacks, etc. We feel like an ambassador.
3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?
During the interviews, we realize how many efforts the Lin’s put into noodles making. The two brothers, Qing-Ling Yao and Qing-Tian Yao, from She-Wei Village also devote themselves and life in the industry. And all the other factories we visited, they share responsibilities together so that they can make things done with great efficiency. Everyone is important and contributes in his/her own way.
4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?
Lots of people have devoted in their own ways to help out this website, such as the noodle makers, Qing-Ling Yao, and Qing-Tian Yao, from She-Wei Village and their family. These two bosses are on their 60s, and they get up every morning around 4 or 5 o'clock am. Every day of theirs starts with dough work, and when they are back home from delivering their handmade noodles, it is about 10pm. Compared to their hard work, it occurred to us that our schoolwork was such a tiny thing. The clothes of two nice elders are covered with flour, and they are fun to be with. Thank you for sharing your precious experience with us. They deserve our most heartfelt appreciation. It is so good to know we work together for a better country.
5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)
It is never an easy task of making noodles. The harsh situation of this industry is also worsened by the change of our country fellows’ diet habits. Less and less people are devoted to the traditional industry of making string noodles. Fewer and fewer young people get involved in noodles making. The makers are now facing shrinking market and no successors for their skills. All these impacts are forcing noodles-making industry to come down fast day by day. Perhaps, the beautiful scene of drying noodles under big sun will become a memory forever.