Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
9 students including myself will be leaving on November 18th to go on a 28 days Microcampus journey. We were given a list of inquiry projects to chose from, but to choose one topic to investigate in Xizhou, Yunnan. After reading the long list of fascinating projects, I narrowed my decisions down to my favorites. When I chose what I might be interested in, my first step was to highlight all the topics. Then, I put all my highlighted topics with the descriptions into a page to choose from. While doing this, I was excited and wanted to do every project there is. At last, I managed to eliminate some topics that appeared less appealing to me and ranked my top threes. All my options below are the ones I really would want to learn more about.
The reason why I chose Local Recreation/Hobbies over Textile Production and Photography is that I want my topic to be something to interact with the locals. While doing Textile production, I can only engage with a certain group of people to learn from. Doing Photography would only allow me to take pictures and interact with my camera instead of the villagers. I am interested in finding out what the villagers do in their free time and their hobbies. This topic will be the most suitable one for me because whenever I go to a new place, I like to learn about the people. Going to XiZhou is an opportunity for me to learn more about China's country-livers and to get to know what they would do in their leisure time compared to us.
In Phase 0, I chose my final topic after eliminating other topics that were seemed less interesting. In Phase 1, I will add more and pose questions about my topic.