Phase 1: Posing Real Questions
Overview of my Inquiry Project Journey:
In Phase 0, I chose my final inquiry topic which is wealth and money in Xizhou. In this Phase, I am going to write about my background knowledge on my topic and find out what I want to learn about this topic. This Phase will also include the list of ten major questions that I am going to ask the villagers.
What do I already know my inquiry project and where did I learn about it?
Coincidentally, after watching a documentary of happiness in my previous health classes, I already learned a lot about the relationship of wealth and money and happiness. The documentary revealed that companies that donate and provide more services to this world have employees who are happier compared to people who work in companies that do not offer service. The researchers said that this is because the employees think that they are a part of something bigger, and that they are helping the community around them. I also learned that people who have a passion for their jobs are more likely to be happy. It also stated that wealth, reputation and money are external goals, while internal goals are self- achievement, helping community, and being the person you want to be. The people who focus on internal goals more than external goals are much happier. Also in the video, I got really interested about the part where the humans that lived up to hundred years and more were happy and active. I learned many facts about the wealth, money and happiness in the video, but I still want to continue studying this inquiry topic.
I also read a information from the AEI website, where the data is collected studying Americans. There I learned that majority think that people in high ranking jobs have too much power and influence. It also states that 81% of the people surveyed think that if a person is poor but works hard, he or she will become rich. Also only half of the population thinks that they admired being rich while others had mixed feelings and denied that statement.
What do I want to know about this topic?
Wealth and Money in XiZhou are very broad topics, allowing me to ask numerous different kinds of questions to the villagers. I do not think that because I know something about the relationship of wealth, money, and happiness, I should not ask that question. I think that I should ask questions concerning these topics because I can learn different perspectives on the topics or support the information found in the documentary. I would also want to observe or ask about the different character traits local people believe a person must have in order to have much wealth and money. I also may ask the questions that were asked on the AEI website. Last of all, I would want to asks these questions to different age groups because in my opinion their points of view are different from older people.
After answering those two questions, I did some background research to learn more about my topic so that I can ask better questions. The background research is located in Phase 3.
Sequencing and Grouping:
After researching and gathering information about my topic, I think that the communist party and Xi Zhou's local history may affect the data I want to collect. So, the first two questions below would be about how Xi Zhou's history affects attitudes towards money, wealth and status. Question three asks the citizens about how they felt about the previous question tying with happiness. Question four and five is about what income, happiness and status they have right now. These questions might have to be revised if the question makes people too uncomfortable, since they might not feel ready to open up to a stranger on personal sort of questions. Questions five through nine inquires about people’s attitudes towards current money spending habits and ideas of wealth. Question ten asks for advice for us.
Ten Big Questions:
I am going to create a list of major questions to ask the villagers about my topic. This will help me more easily communicate to the villagers and get somewhat the information I want. I have answered the same questions myself, but I don’t want to rely on my ideas because that might stop me from truly understanding people who have a completely different answer than my own answer. Most of my questions are opinion based, so many of the answers it depends on the interviewee.
1. Looking back at history, did the Cultural Revolution affect the citizens' wealth, money and ideas about status?
The Cultural Revolution took away Xizhou citizens' wealth, money, and status. Some families who have experienced this are the Yin, Yan, Yang and Dong.
2. Are there other events that deeply affected Xizhou's wealth, money and status?
Some possible answers are international trading, capitalism and more.
3. Do you believe that wealth, money and status affect your happiness?
This answer varies for the interviewee. But if I were asked this question, I would say that it would not affect my happiness unless I do not have the basic living goods. Happiness for me comes from friends, family, and personal interests. I do not mind my status.
4. Do you believe your current income gives you happiness? If not, how much more would be needed to be happy?
This question depends on the interviewee, and I am going to interview citizens with different levels of wealth, status and money.
5. Do you spend money to improve your status like buying fashion clothes or the latest iPhones?
This question is based on my interviewee's opinion.
6. If you have a chance, would you live and work in the city or in Xizhou? Why?
This question is based on my interviewee's opinion.
7. Why do humans create economic classes like low, middle class, and high class?
Possible answers can include education, knowledge, or personality like being extroverted, gender, status, family and more.
8. How do you define wealth?
This question is based on my interviewee's opinion and many high status successful people have definitions that differ from the dictionary, which says an abundance of valuable possessions or money. A high status successful people define it as being a hundred percent grateful of everything good.
9. Why do most people value wealth and money more than other values like health or happiness?
Most people value wealth and money more because they think that this is the way to survival. They would want to have a competition to get higher money, wealth, status than others.
10. What is your advice to future generation about wealth, status, and money?
This question is based on my interviewee's opinion and I am looking forward to finding out this answer.
Research before traveling to Xizhou:
I will need to research on the economic history of Xizhou, minimum wage, social status, values and economic classes.
I will continue my inqury project journey in Phase 2 where I will find helpful resources.