Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas

Updated 2 years 11 months ago

In Phase 0, I did found out what final inquiry project would be.  We had a long list of choices and I chose tie-dye as my final project. You can see the description of my project in the Pre-Phase. In Phase 1 we posed real questions that we had about our topic. In Phase 2 we found helpful resources that could help us answer those 10 specific questions. In my last phase, which was Phase 3, I collected data from other alumni, websites and local contacts in XiZhou. In this phase, Phase 4, we will be planning out our final inquiry project.  We are developing a plan to report our information that we gathered and we will be sharing our most important information. 

I looked at three different project to see how other people did their final projects. Two of the final projects were on the Hall of Fame and the other one was not. One of them was also about my topic, Tie-Dye. The other one was about embroidery and the last one was about dance. The students final projects that I looked at were Marisa K. (Alumni- E), Ryane L. (Alumni-G) and lastly Madeline O. (Alumni-I). Marisa's project was about tie-dye. Her final project was an iMovie that explained the process of tie-dye. Some things that I like about her project is that she has voice overs so it is interactive and she does not have to stand in front of everyone to say everything. If you do this other people can also watch your final product. Her topic was nice because the people got to learn about tie-dye even though that is not what I am doing for my final product, it is nice to see how to put together the project. Ryane's project was on embroidery, which is another textile. I liked that she enjoyed her topic and learned a lot about it, the the most interesting part for her was that she found her inner peace that she did not have before because she always wanted to be active. Even though her topic was embroidery, she found something new about herself, which I think is very important as well as getting information for your topic. I like how she did not just focus on the project and what she was aiming for, but the things that were not always obvious. After looking at Madeline's topic I liked how her topic changed over time. This is like my project, so it was nice to see how she handled it. I think that her project and the paragraph where she talked about how her project changed was nice for me to see.

For my final project I will be doing the change of tie-dye over time and I am going to add a little bit of my personal journey. The areas that I am looking at for change is when tie-dye first started and what it was like, how it changed because of tourism and how it might change in the future. For the personal journey aspect of the final project I will explain my thoughts about how tie-dye has changed and whether my I thought it changed before during and after the teacher support. My audience for my final project will be Mr. T, Ms. Mai, the other students on my Microcampus trip and maybe some of the students back in Shanghai. Some people who might be interested in my topic are the people who do tie-dye in XiZhou and other people who are also interested in the topic and how it has changed, based on what I see now and the history that I learned. The purpose of my final project is to help others and myself learn about how tie-dye has changed over time. The main focus is to help others understand the tie-dye in China and how our surroundings affect the things that we do. This can also inspire other people to learn about tie-dye and how other traditional activities from different countries are changing and developing.

The main thesis for my project is: In order to fully understand the change of Chinese tie-dye over time one must consider tie-dye when it first started, how tie-dye changed because of tourism, and how tie-dye might change in the future. 

To make sure that the people watching my final project fully understand my topic I will create a video that they can watch. I will use iMovie and put in pictures of tie-dye and me talking to my local contacts that I gathered my information from. I will make sure that my video is not distracting because of the pictures that I choose and that the information is clearly written. I will keep in mind that the information and pictures both play key roles in the making of the video. 

Below is a detailed outline of what my final inquiry project will be and how I will lay it out.

I. Introduction

A. Microcampus is a 4 week trip to a lovely village called XiZhou. This village is in the Yunnan Province of China. Here a group of students work together and get to experience the real China for a whole month. This is a chance for students to learn about themselves and they gain many great traits. I left my Shanghai expat bubble along with 9 other classmates from Shanghai American School. We came to XiZhou and already planned out our Inquiry Projects. This is a project that all students do to learn about a specific topic that they are especially interested in. Here in XiZhou we learn about the specific topic, mine being tie-dye.

B. My topic is tie-dye in XiZhou. It started off very general and I struggled to find a specific part of this topic that I especially enjoyed. I started gathering information based on the 10 questions that I made. While doing this I got a little bored. The project still interested me, but I wanted to dig deeper. Towards the end of teacher support I realized what I wanted to do as a narrowed down part of Tie-Dye in XiZhou. I decided that I would focus on how tie-dye changed over time. This was very interesting for me and then I started learning about the history of Chinese tie-dye and about modern day tie-dye. This also made me think of the reasons why it has changed. This soon create my final inquiry project.  How tie-dye has changed over time in China.

C. My thesis statement and main point for my topic is: In order to fully understand the change of Chinese tie-dye over time one must consider tie-dye when it first started, how tie-dye changed because of tourism, and how tie-dye might change in the future.

II.  Tie-Dye when it first started

A. Tie-Dye started in the first Dynasty of China
B. It became very popular in the Qing Dynasty (last dynasty in China)
C. The style of tie-dye has changed
D. There used to be many animals (dog, cat, bird, sheep, goat, dragon)
E. There are also gods on some tie-dye
F. There are some mesh tie-dyes from Shanghai and Yang Tse River (no longer exist)
G. The price for tie-dye was 1-10 Yuan
H. People made 1/10 Yuan of profit
I. It took about 1 day -1 month
J. They used their hands for everything
K. The people used it for carrying babies and table cloths
L. Only the emperor used them
M. The other people could not afford the nice ones
N. The emperors son made them
O. Indigo only
P. Natural Dyes


III. Change in tie-dye over time

A. The tourists came to about 10 years ago (lots of western tourism in the past 3 years)
B. Tie-dye changed because of tourists
C. Tie-dye is slowly going away because no one wants to learn (less and less)
D. More symmetrical tie-dye
E. Patterns and flowers are popular not animals 
F. Large tie-dye ( no small) 
G. Tie-dye in XiZhou and Zhou Cheng mostly
H. Prices go from 50 Yuan for somewhat smaller tie-dyes to 5,000 Yuan
I. People make more profit now, but still not as much money
J. They still use their hands to make everything
K. Machines can not make this. 
L. Paler blues are more popular
M. Locals usually do not buy now
N. Tourists buy them and use them for decoration
O. Some people use for clothing
P. People sell them to other places because there are only small businesses here
Q. There are many colors, blue, pink, purple, green, brown
R. Natural Dyes


IV. How tie-dye will keep changing

A. Tie-dye patterns will probably stay the same
B. If the economy keeps improving the prices will raise
C. This tradition will slowly go away and die off
D. The younger generations do not like learning about this
E. Only older people will do this
F. No middle aged people
G. The tradition will always be done by hand
H. There will be more colors
I. There will be natural and chemical dyes
J. The tie-dye can be used for more things 
K. Technology will be more popular
L. More countries will use these, not as much here

V. Conclusion

A. I have learned many things throughout the process
B. I got information from local contacts, other students, teachers and websites
C. The information has many different categories
D. I learned about the process of making tie-dye
E. I learned about the history (when it started and details)
F. I learned about how tie-dye has changed
G. I learned about what caused tie-dye to change
H. I learned about the colors they use
I. I learned about making the dye
J. I learned about the resources that are used
K. I talked about what is more popular than other things
L. I learned that commitment is important
M. The traditions of certain cultures are very important to learn about
N. I learned that patience is important
O. Connecting with people around you is very important
P. I learned that learning about the places you are living is important
Q. Thank you for watching

I have made a specific outline of what my final project will be. This includes everything that I need to add into my video that I will be making. In the next phase you can see my final product and also my reflection on this experience that I have had while doing inquiry work.

Hi, my name is Imani. I am 13 years old and this is my 2nd year at SAS. I was born in Michigan and I lived there my whole life until I moved to China 3 years ago. Some of the passions I have are playing soccer, dancing and traveling to many places around the world. One of my favorite places to go is Thailand. I was part of the Revival Microcampus group. I went to Microcampus on November 19, 2016 along with 9 other students from the Shanghai American School Pudong Campus. I enjoyed my time in XiZhou and learned many things about myself and the community that I was living in during the experience. This is definitely an experience to remember and I have nothing to regret by deciding to go on the trip. Thank you XiZhou and everyone who makes Microcampus possible for the chance of a lifetime. Definitely something that I will never forget.