Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas

Updated 5 years 1 month ago

This is Phase 4 of my Inquiry Project where I will be preparing to share and making my outline and plan for my final product. In previous sections, Phase 3, I gathered information from teachers, past alumni, online sources, and local contacts. In Phase 2, I searched for possible resources that I could gather information from. In Phase 1, I posed questions and got a clear idea of what I wanted to know. And in Phase 0, I came up with my topic and learned a little more about what we would do.

I looked at three student projects, all marked with an asterisk. I first looked at Jie Ling T. (Alumni N)'s final product, her's was very interesting, and she kept me absorbed about the story the whole time. It was very exciting and innovative. Previously I had not realized that the video could be more of a story instead of a boring video of facts. I will take away her creativity, she drew out the pictures of many scenes from the folk tale she told, instead of filming herself drone on and on.

Next, I looked at Vicky H. (Alumni B)'s final product. Her's was probably the closest to my project as both of ours are about clothing. She included many video clips, which gave us something to look at. It was very cool how she included clips of her interviews. I wish I had filmed some of my interviews and could have the opportunity to include it in my final product.

For my last choice, I chose to look at Taylor F. (Alumni F)'s final product. Her project was extremely close to my idea, and I was very surprised since we have completely different topics. She chose to do three different shops with three different audiences, which is what I had planned. What I liked about her project was that after talking about each shop, she included her very own personal journey. She reflected on what she learned and which shop she would go to and what she would buy. What I can take away from her project is to try to reflect too, as Microcampus is an opportunity to learn about yourself.

The project that I will be doing is three different shops that can effectively describe Bai style here in Xizhou. Each shop will target a different audience, with one toward tourists, one toward the older generation of locals, and one toward the younger generation of locals. My audience will be future students who want to learn more about clothing here in Xizhou and also most importantly, tourists and foreigners that do not really understand what the Bai truly wear. The objective of this video is to make people understand that the Bai are not the exotic and primitive people but people just like us. They wear normal clothing and if they do choose to wear the traditional clothing it is very conserved. We have to respect that and not copying or making fun of another's culture. The main point of my project will be the style between different audiences shown through a style shop for tourists, younger locals, and older locals. I will make a video, using pictures and drawings to show what each shop will look like. A video will best express my learning because I will be able to narrate and explain what the audience is looking at while I give them a visual of each shop. I feel like the important details will be the differences between what is perceived to be Bai and the reality, explaining why the real Bai culture is not shown, and the truths about many common ideas of what the Bai look like. 

I. Introduction

  • Explaining our 28-day journey
  • Why we choose to do this
  • My topic
  • My personal journey (what I learned and what I hope others can learn from this)
  • How I am going to present my learning
  • Thesis Statement: In order to effectively describe Bai style in Xizhou, I created plans for three different shops: one directed toward tourists, one toward older locals, and one toward younger locals

II. Older Bai Locals (60+) Clothing and Style Shop

  • The outfits they sell
  • Other style related items (headdresses and tie-dye)
  • The making and designing of clothes (where they were made, how they were made, how did they choose the design)
  • Customers
  • Economics of the shop
  • Reflection and Personal Journey (what I learned about my topic and myself)

III. Younger Bai Locals (16-60) Clothing and Style Shop

  • The outfits they sell
  • Other style related items (jewelry, shoes, makeup)
  • The making and designing of clothes (where they were made, how they were made, how did they choose the design)
  • Customers
  • Economics of the shop
  • Reflection and Personal Journey (what I learned about my topic and myself)

IV. Tourists Clothing and Style Shop

  • The outfits they sell
  • Other style related items (the exotic printings, the fancy embroidered  wallets, scarves, "real" Bai jewelry)
  • The making and designing of clothes (where they were made, how they were made, how did they choose the design)
  • Customers
  • Economics of the shop
  • Reflection and Personal Journey (what I learned about my topic and myself)

V. Conclusion

  • Rephrase of thesis statement: I have designed a tourists shop, older locals' shop, and younger locals' shop to show Bai style in Xizhou
  • My takeaway from this trip
  • What I want the audience to learn and understand
  • Acknowledgements

Now that I have drafted my basic outline that will prepare me well for sharing my ideas in one final product, I will be moving on to making my final product. If you are interested in continuing to follow my journey, check out Phase 5, my final phase.

Hi, I'm Nicole L. I was part of Group Phenomena, and my Microcampus journey is now over. I am currently back from Xizhou. I have now left Shanghai American School but I will forever remember Xizhou, as it was one of the best months of my life. You will not regret coming to Xizhou, and I wish future Microcampus students a journey as amazing as mine!