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Pingtung County Gueilai Elementary School (2018 CyberFair Project ID 8338)
Taiwan, Pingtung
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 1. Local Leaders

We estimate 7 student(s) from 10 to 11 will work on this entry.

Description of Our Community: We live in Gueilai community, located in the east-southern Pingtung City. Gueilai community is a naturally formed farm village, called Qizailun in the Ch'ing dynasty. In recent years, young people had continued to leave hometown for development. A negative population growth was evident. The aging community was forming. The Gueilai community development association was committed to participation in rural regeneration, hoping to slow emigration of young people, and tries to attract young people to return home to participate in community empowering. Below is the image that people of Gueilai community have in common: In the morning, misty Dawu Mountain rare emerges under blue skies. In the Pingtung Plain, Mazu Temple guards Gueilai for a few years. A Plumeria of three hundred and sixty years stands rooted in this land. Under the sun, the gesture of Plumeria’s white petal with yellow heart is more attractive and charming, revealing the deep underground mystery of this land. Burdock, green onion and yam beans are main agricultural products of Gueilai, what we called “Three treasures of Gueilai”.

Project Description: A group of children brought up by burdock grow up. Many of them have outstanding achievements in the professional fields. Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing, one of them, takes burdock farming as his life career.The protagonist of this thematic study is Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing, the winner of the "2013 Shennong Award ". He is the first farmer who wins Shennong Award due to planting burdock in Taiwan. Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing is a leader in the burdock industry development of Guilai in Pingtung County.

This thematic study explores the course of Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing's returning hometown and the difficulties he encounters after returning hometown. In the course of the exploration, we also want to know the current challenges of burdock development and all the achievements made by Mr. Chen, Chien-Hsing in burdock industry. To finish our thematic study, we use the literature, interviews, field visits, video recording and so on.

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