Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources

Updated 3 years 1 week ago

In Phase 0, we narrowed down our choices for our topics. In Phase 1, we developed our big questions to research about our topic. In Phase 2, we will find resources to help us find the answers to our questions and maybe make even more questions. 

As I accessed digital resources, the keywords I used were "China Dream", "Chinese Government", and "Chinese Citizens." I chose these keywords because they are the things I want to research about. First of all, China Dream is the main propaganda message, we I had to include that. Also, I included "Chinese Government" to see how China Dream affects the Chinese Government. Finally, "Chinese Citizens" explains how China Dream affects the citizens. I searched up Yunnan and Xizhou as keywords, but it was too specific. 

I know that my information is valid because got it from credible sources such as the Economist and Time. 

I found out who published the material either by the citation websites auto-filling it in, or I searched around the website for the publisher, and sometimes I just can't find it. 

The name of my expert is Kerry Brown, and his email is

This is my message:

 Dear Mr. Brown, 

I am an 8th grader at Shanghai American School, and I am currently researching propaganda in Yunnan province. It would help me a lot if you could look at my work and provide some feedback and maybe some sources. 
It would also be great if you took a look at my 10 big questions and the possible answers: 
1. What is the main purpose of China Dream?

I think that the main purpose of China Dream is to motivate citizens into doing things that benefit their country and motivate the citizens into working really hard.

2. What is the main theme of these messages?
I think that the main theme of these messages is to work hard and try and support the country in any way possible, whether that be the army, education etc. 

3. What is the intended audience for China Dream?
I think that the intended audience for China Dream are the citizens because the messages are supposed to motivate to citizens into trying their best and doing something that will help their country. 

4. Do the citizens listen to these messages?
I think that the citizens do actually listen to these messages. For example, in service learning videos done by previous Microcampus students, when asked what they wanted to do, the locals always responded by saying that they wanted to help their country. 

5. How do these messages affect the daily lives of the locals?
I think that these messages motivate them to work harder and go beyond their limitations because nobody wants to fail their country. 

6. Is China Dream a cover-up for corruption in the government?
I think that China Dream is actually legitimate because China actually does want to be better, and to do so they need the citizens to try their best. 

7. Does China Dream actually benefit China?
I think that China Dream does actually benefit China because, at a low cost, they are getting people to help China with many different things. 

8. How does China Dream benefit China?
I think that China Dream benefits China by motivating the citizens into working harder and doing more for their country, and this benefits China because if the citizens are working harder, then they can produce more things and be a more efficient country. 

9. How does China Dream affect Xizhou specifically?
I think that China Dream will affect Xizhou less than the more urban places because, in the urban places, people are educated on this propaganda, but in Xizhou, they just post a message there and the locals have to figure it out themselves. 

10. Is there a reason why the propaganda is placed where it is?
I think that the government officials picked where the propaganda is placed, and I think that they have certain criteria. First, there must be a big open space so that they can post big words, it must be a popular area, because if nobody saw it, it would be useless. Also, they have to put it in a place that is not too messy, or else it may be torn down.

Again, it would be great if you took a look at these questions and my work and provide some feedback. 


Kevin Gu

For now, my expert has not responded. 

A 3-5 is a 3-5 minute conversation with 3-5 people. The purpose of that is to get some local contacts who may know more about my topic. 

My first 3-5 was with Ms. Chu. She is a Yangzhuoran staff and probably knows the locals well. She recommended me the following people: 

•The Lindens
•Young business owners
•Coffee shops
•Her friend Ru Qi

My second 3-5 was with Mr. Zhang the security guard. I asked him because he lived here a long time, and probably knows a lot about Xizhou. However, Mr. Zhang was not able to offer any information on my topic. 

My third 3-5 was with Ms. Mai. She has been to Xizhou multiple times, so she probably knows the village well. She recommended me the following people:

•The Lindens
•Mr. Duan, a retired military officer
•The Linden Centre employees
•The kitchen staff at Yangzhuoran
•People at restaurants
•Mr. Yang the antique dealer

My fourth 3-5 was with Mr. T. He is the leader of Microcampus, and so definitely knows a lot about Xizhou. He recommended me the following people:

•The Yangzhuoran Staff
•The Linden Centre Staff
•Mr. Duan, a retired government official
•Mr. Du, an antique dealer
•The Yang family, owners of the Golden Flower restaurant

I have done enough 3-5's because I have enough possible contacts to keep me busy for the following weeks. 

The books from the Linden Centre that I can use are about old Xizhou propaganda photos, China Dream, and maybe the Chinese government. 

In Phase 2, we use our resources to find contacts that may help with our research. In Phase 3, we will find out some more about our topic from these people. 

Hi everybody! My name is Kevin Gu, and I'm an 8th grader at Shanghai American School Pudong. I was a member of the Revival Microcampus group. I was born in Virginia, but moved to Hong Kong when I was 6 months old. 4 years later, our family moved to Shanghai, which is where we live now. Some of my hobbies are tennis, reading, and playing the trumpet. I have left Xizhou, and it was a great village. Microcampus was a great experience and it helped me a lot.