Doors to Diplomacy Participants

Yu-Tsai Elementary School (2018 CyberFair Project ID 8385)
Taiwan, New Taipei City
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 2. Community Groups and Special Populations

We estimate 11 student(s) from 10 to 12 will work on this entry.

Description of Our Community: Our school is located in Yonghe district, New Taipei City. Yonghe is located in the southeast corner of Taipei Basin, and its boundary with Taipei City is marked by Xindien River. There are currently Zhongzheng Bridge, Fuhe Bridge, and Yongfu Bridge that connect the two cities, and they facilitate the prosperous growth of Yonghe district. There are many business districts and markets for residents of Yonghe to enjoy. Besides the Korean Street and Lehua Night Market, Yonghe residents can head to Yang San Lang Art Museum or Fuhe Holiday Flower Market for more artistic venues and immerse themselves in the city’s relaxed atmosphere. Our topic for Cyberfair this year is on the four group meal locations near our school. Group meal isn’t merely for seniors eating together. Besides eating, the seniors get a chance to make new friends, learn new skills, and socialize with others. We would like to invite everyone to join Yu-Tsai’s Fun with D. & B. and learn more about group meal and the intriguing stories behind it.

Project Description: New Taipei City has been promoting group meal for seniors since August 2012. There are now 29 districts offering group meal to its residents, and as of February 1st, 2018, there are 57 registered locations in Yonghe district that serve group meal. The essence of group meal is to form a community companion network. Group meal starts from the community so seniors are able to get out of their homes and enjoy a delicious meal with other seniors living in the same community. Group meal also aims to bring people and the community closer together so seniors may also improve their mental health. In our research, Yu-Tsai’s Fun with D. & B. worked together cohesively as a team. Through interviewing, visiting, researching, participating, and sharing, we gained valuable insights into group meal. We observed how group meal is organized at different locations, and then we were able to think more comprehensively about ‘companionship,’ which is the essence of group meal. With over six months of studying, learning, and experiencing group meal, each one of us had become an ambassador that helps promote the essence of group meal to different parts of the world.

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