Li-Chih High School (2018 CyberFair Project ID 8400)
Taiwan, Taiwan, Kaohsiung
Official Status: Final Project: Ready for Judging
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms
We estimate 10 student(s) from 15 to 18 will work on this entry.
Description of Our Community: Kaohsiung is located in the southwest part of Taiwan. Due to geological variations, Kaohsiung is famous for her natural landscapes and thus cultivates rich features in humanities. With culture influence from Fujian Province of Mainland China, many Chinese cultures were brought into Kaohsiung. After years of cultural evolution, Kaohsiung gradually develops her own traditional culture. Recently, Kaohsiung City Government has been devoted to preserving and adding glory to traditional cultures in many districts. In order to preserve the pride of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung City Government is actively setting up cultural centers and libraries to develop Kaohsiung traditional cultural features. The Shadow Puppetry in Gangshan District is just one of them. As a proud member of this great city, we hope that more people will know the beauty and value of Shadow Puppetry and continue to pass the torches to future generation.
Project Description: The title of our project is “Pride on Puppet; Revival from Kaohsiung.” It is mainly about “Shadow Puppetry.” Shadow puppetry used to be a traditional and popular pastime in temple fairs for people in southern Taiwan. Due to its costly and complicated production process, the popularity of it has been declined. After further study on shadow puppetry, we think that it is such a pity to see this kind of traditional entertainment disappear. Therefore, we visited a local shadow puppet theater in Kaohsiung called “Yung Shing Le Shadow Troupe,” conducted a survey of people’s views about this play, and then did a free publicity for the theater activity. Shadow puppetry was an older version of movie. During the interview with “Yung Shing Le Shadow Troupe,” we found that this troupe was founded in 1853 in Qing Dynasty. They have dedicated themselves to this art performance for over 165 years. The most amazing part is besides traditional Chinese stories they even blend western fairy tales and middle east saga like “Ali Baba” into puppet play to attract different age groups. Two sticks to control a puppet on the screen seems like a piece of cake for them. In fact, when we tried to copy so, it is no picnic. Suddenly, we really admire them for their performing skills and enthusiasms in this field. Then we thought all we can do for them is to let people around the world know more about them via Cyber Fair.