Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection

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I wonder whats the difference between the bolded subtitled topics?

I wonder whats the difference between the bolded subtitled topics?

1. I am Zixuan and I love history. The process I use to narrow down is to first list the topics that I have a particular interest in. Then, I would slowly cut down on the number of things I am interested in until I have the three most important topics I like. My guideline is that, to find a good topic. I need to love the topic first, and then I would also want to be interested in finding out more about the topic. I looked around in the list of topics and found Arts/Culture/History.

 

Then, I looked through all the things that are on this topic and decided to do the one about the flying tigers. I chose this topic because my dad used to tell me all about the history of China in WWII. He told me about the flying tigers and I got interested. The story went something like this," The Americans who came to China to help fight the Japanese called their planes the flying sharks, but the Chinese people thought that it sounded bad so they decided to change it into flying tigers. The reason why they chose the animal tiger, is because the animal tiger is a very legendary animal in Chinese history, and because the tiger is beautiful." I plan to find out the connection between the flying tigers and the town of Xizhou, and if the town was ever raided by the Japanese. I would imagine during my research process, I would need to connect with the local people a lot and also visit various destinations that are maybe far from town. I would also need to dig deeper by asking them specific questions like, "Are you there during the time?"I am very interested in this topic and will have a lot of fun researching.

 

2. My second choice is life ritual birth and marriage. This topic is important to me because every place has its own culture and diversity, and this is the reason why we are going to Xizhou in the first place. I plan to find out how they give birth, how they find partners and their family culture. I want to see what elderlies teach the younglings. I want to see how they prepare themselves for work or the next generations because they don't get a lot of education and chances to expand their knowledge there. Somethings that I might need to do is to go around to different families and maybe spending a day or two with them. They might teach me and show me some of the things they do every day. 

 

3. My third choice is the Bai Minority Culture(Dance, Clothing, Music). This topic is important to me because I like to learn about the culture of a place especially the minorities. When I went to Lijiang we learned about the Lisu minorities, I am predicting it is going to be the same for this trip. I plan to find out what they do for different ceremonies(Birth, Death). I also want to know about the language that Bai minorities speak. I also want to find out the different types of instruments that the Bai Minorities will play. I predict that I would need to ride a bus to a remote area where I would need to connect with Bai Minorities in their area. 

 

This is the finalized topic that I chose. 1. I am Zixuan and I love history. The process I use to narrow down is to first list the topics that I have a particular interest in. Then, I would slowly cut down on the number of things I am interested in until I have the three most important topics I like. My guideline is that, to find a good topic. I need to love the topic first, and then I would also want to be interested in finding out more about the topic. I looked around in the list of topics and found Arts/Culture/History.

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Hello, my name is Zixuan. I was born in Shanghai, China. I moved from China to Canada when I was 3 years old. Living in a different place was hard at that age but I eventually adapted to it. My family and I lived in Canada for six years and then we moved back to China when I was in 4th grade. Microcampus is really great for me because I will get the chance to experience new cultures and connect with people I have never met before. I look forward to working with the rest of the Microcampus community and going on the trip.