Feng Shui and Technology: Case Studies of Spatial Information Applications

Author(s): Kuo-Hung Huang and Ching-Ching Cheng

Pp: 9-23 (15)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681084077117010005

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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.

Keywords: Burial, Burial site, Cultural communication, Elderly, Feng Shui, Google Earth, Spatial information, Traditional culture.

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