Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources

Updated 1 year 3 months ago

After completing Phase 1 and Phase 3, I am now on Phase 2. I will be finding helpful resources to boost my project and ideas. 

While researching, some of the key words I used were Marriage in Yunnan, Love in Yunnan, Yunnan Marriage and Love Customs. I chose to do my research based on these words, because it has what I want (my topic) clearly stated. It also included the location of the culture I was specifically seeking for. 

To ensure the validity of my sources, I used the C.R.A.P. Test, which stands for Currency, Reliability, Authority, Point of View/Purpose. This was a technique I learned this year in 8th grade science. I found a lot of information with just a few websites, so there was not a lot of browsing done. My other resource was a recommendation from Mr. T. This information could be found in the Learning Resources area from the Microcampus website.  

The websites I used had an "About Me" section, where I was able to click and understand about the author/creator of the website. Others had the name of the author/company and I could easily Google that and check for their validity. Many included contact information like emails, phone numbers, or addresses (if they are an organization). 

The experts I have chosen are Dr. Charles D Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth A Schmitz. Dr. Charles D Schmitz is a highly successful faculty member and administrator in higher education. He is currently a professor of counseling and family therapy at the University of Missouri--St. Louis, where he has focused on counseling psychology and leadership. He was also a professor of counseling psychology and adult education at the University of Missouri--Columbia, which is also where he received his Ph.D. Dr. Elizabeth A Schemitz is the author of many award winning books and is a full time researcher. She served as an award-winning administrator and educator for 36 years. Elizabeth received her Ed.D from the University of Missouri--Columbia and lectured at numerous colleges in the areas of counseling and leadership. She is the president of Successful Marriage Reflections in St. Louis, Missouri, where she and Charles reside. They both have received collectively nearly 70 awards (international, national, state, and local); published over 1100 articles about love, marriage, and relationships. They also gave public speeches and presentations and participated in more than 50 television interviews. Some of their books are In Marriage Simple Things Matter, Building a Love That Lasts, How to Marry the Right Guy. 

Molly Stranahan is also one of the experts I have chosen, because she is the founder of Path To Happiness, a program she designed after graduating from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and earning a Certificate of Positive Psychology from Kripalu. Her private practices focus on couples, workshops and programs. Molly Stranahan's website is filled with her own personality and happiness. She gave multiple speeches and wrote articles related to happiness and self love. Even though it is not 100% related to marriage or love, but happiness is definitely a major factor to let the seed of love blossom. 

Harville Hendric and Helen LaKelly Hunt, are my next chosen experts and are also work and life partners. Harville is a clinical pastoral counselor (Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Psychology and Theology) and co-creator of Imago Relationship Therapy. He has more than 35 years of experience as an educator, public lecturer, and couple therapist. He has appeared on Oprah, and is one of the most respected couples therapists in America today. He is the author of the bestselling Getting the Love You Want, and Keeping the Love You Find. On the other hand, Helen is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and noted philanthropist. Her partnership with Harville has led to the creation of 10 books on relationships and the widespread effectiveness of IMAGO therapy. As the author of Faith and Feminism, Helen was installed in the Women's Hall of Fame for her leadership in the global women's movement. From these information, I decided to send an email to them, because they are not only professional, but also impactful with their field of work. 

Dear Dr. Charles D Schmitz, Dr Elizabeth A Schmitz, Ms. Molly Stranahan, Dr. Harville Hendric, and Dr. Helen LaKelly Hunt,

My name is Dora and I am currently an 8th grader from Shanghai American School. I have been chosen as one of the students that are going on a trip traveling to another place in China, called Yunnan. Within Yunnan, we would be staying in a small village named Xizhou from March 9-April 5, 2019. During my journey in Xizhou, I will be investigating on the topic of love and marriage, and working on a project about it. I decided to reach out to you, because I found your articles useful and found you as a reliable expert. I like how your websites reflected your own personalities and you in general. Below are the 10 questions that would help me throughout my project, and I would really appreciate it if you could give me some general feedback or possibly sources that could help me better understand my topic. 

Here is the link to my work: 

My 10 Questions: 
1. What is the definition of love?
2. What is the Xizhou perspective on LGBTQ?
3. How would children my age in Xizhou think about love and marriage?
4. What are some reasons of why a marriage could be cancelled? 
5. What is the process of a divorce and how do the parents see about it?
6. Are children expected right after marriage? 
7. Why do people in Xizhou decide to get married?
8. What do husband/wives value in their relationship of each other? 
9. Would the older generations (grandpa/grandma) be more biased towards their grandchildren depending on their sex?
10. Would parents feel awkward or uncomfortable to live with their child and his/her spouse? 
Unfortunately, after a week, none of the experts I sent an email to responded to me. 
3-to-5s is an activity where students interview 3-5 people that they believe can help them with their project. The interview should take around 3-5 minutes long, and I chose to interview them because they are all professional and easy to reach experts. 
Ms. Mai: 
  • Mrs. Zhao and Mr. Zhao (have two kids) three generations
  • Mrs. Li (restaurant) 
  • Ms. Ma and her husband (runs a bakery shop)
  • A couple with a boy (runs a noodle shop) 

Ms. B

  • Marton (YangYuan)
  • YangYan (Marton's girlfriend)
  • Mr. Yang (married and two kids) 
  • Ms. Li and Ms. Yang (kitchen ayis)
  • Mr. He and Mr. Zhao (guards) 

Mr. Yang&Ms. Wang

Both Mr. Yang and Ms. Wang did not give me any specific people, but they gave me good information that could be viewed in my Phase 3 work

Mr. Tafel

  • Ms. Zhong and her sister (Shi Fang Jie--Wan Dou Fen restaurant)
  • Mr. Du (antique seller) 
  • Mr. Yang (lawyer--arranged marriage) 

I know my list of 3-to-5 contacts are completed when I have a minimum of 3 and maximum of 5. Another way of knowing when I am done could be checking the amount of information I have already. Some books from the Linden Centre about love in general or marriage in the previous years would be helpful for my project. This phase was mostly done in Shanghai, but when we came to Xizhou, there are way more resources and experts around to ask for help. The next research information would be in Phase 3


Hello there! My name is Dora and my roots are in Taiwan, although, I have been in Shanghai for more than 10 years now. I have heard of the Microcampus program last year, and I absolutely wanted to join. I was in Xizhou with the 23rd group, Wildfires, and made connections with the welcoming residents, studied their culture, and learned about ourselves. I completed both my inquiry and service learning projects which I am extremely proud of. Microcampus had been an extraordinary trip, and the main source for all my life changing moments and experiences that I have in my pockets.