Feng Shui and Technology: Case Studies of Spatial Information Applications
Pp. 9-23 (15)
Kuo-Hung Huang and Ching-Ching Cheng
This paper reports several case studies on creating innovative applications of
spatial technology with Feng Shui in order to meet the requirements of burials. Case
study research is used to investigate how individual behaviors are influenced by
integrating technology with Feng Shui, within its context. A qualitative design is
chosen to collect data from interviews, participatory observations, and demonstrations.
The researcher interviewed the case subjects in order to assess their needs, and then
accompanied them on their trips to family tombs and recorded the traverse path.
Finally, this researcher displays the maps and discusses the applications. Findings
indicated that Google Earth could be used with Feng Shui for filtering information
regarding site selection, as well as recording and sharing information on burial
activities. Above all, spatial information on the Internet could serve as a medium for
cultural communications between generations. This study increases our understanding
of the meaning of Feng Shui to our elders, and how to integrate spatial information
with traditional culture.
Burial, Burial site, Cultural communication, Elderly, Feng Shui,
Google Earth, Spatial information, Traditional culture.
Department of E-learning Design and Management, National Chiayi University, Chiayi, Taiwan, R.O.C.