Text/photo: Media Production and Education Center
Translation: Steve J. Lin
“My dream has been to become a news anchor since I was a little girl, and I am glad to learn something from this camp,” said Pei-Jing Zhuang, an 8th grade student of Guan Shan Junior High School. TCU’s Media Production and Education Center sponsored the “Camp for Gaining Moviemaking Skills and Learning Tzu Chi’s Humanistic Culture” at Guan Shan Junior High School on October 7, and Chihpen Junior High School on October 8 & 9, and thirty-nine TCU students attended. TCU students shared their professional knowledge and skills, and instilled Tzu Chi’s humanistic culture into their classes.
“How can you tell a great story?” “How can you take an interesting photo?” TCU students utilized storytelling and four part mangas, teaching how to conduct an interview, take a photo, do film editing, and make a movie. Tzu Chi Foundation helped nine schools in Taitung County to renovate their old school buildings. In order to be with the students of these schools, from April 2016, TCU students selected two elementary schools — Fuhsing Elementary School and Kangle Elementary School — and visited them once in a while. This was their fifth time coming to Taitung, but this time they were with junior high school students, rather than with elementary school students.
A total of sixty junior high school students took part in these two sessions. At Chihpen, TCU students chose to visit the homes of elders in the Chihpen tribal area and the Chien-Han tribal area with the youngsters, and beforehand, they came up with a comprehensive interview plan. The tribal elders shared their wisdom and tribal traditions, wishing to pass on tribal cultural heritage to the youngsters. After interviewing the elders, the junior high school students used tablet computers to do film editing, and added their own drama performances, to tell their tribal folktales.
More than half of the TCU students were international students, from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Korea. They might not have been able to speak Chinese well, but they interacted wholeheartedly with the junior high school students. One Chihpen Junior High School student, Zhen-Chuan Cheng, said: “My team leader was a Korean. At the beginning, he couldn’t understand what we said, yet we tried different ways to communicate with each other, and it worked out very well. I am grateful that he helped me a lot.”
Other youngsters mentioned that in addition to learning photography and interview skills, they also picked up Korean, Malay, Thai or Indonesian language. The international students never expected that learning Chinese could be so much fun, and they apparently enjoyed learning Chinese from interacting with these junior high school students.