Since 2012, groups of Shanghai American School Grade 8 students have taken four-week journeys to the village of Xizhou in Southwest China's Yunnan Province as participants in the school's Microcampus program. As representatives of their campuses, these students leave the "bubble" of their home city of 22 million people and become immersed in a new community of 2000 people, 2000 kilometers from home, at 2000 meters above sea level.
The Wildfires group--the twenty-third--were in Xizhou from March 9th through April 5th, 2019. Guests from around the world are encouraged to follow their journey--reading about, responding to, and joining in the learning adventure.
I chose the topic of the Erhai Lake region geology and landforms because I have a desire to be in nature. I was born in a town with an interesting rock formations that I do not really know much about. I want to find out how China's geography is changing. I can possibly help the... more
I am interested in learning about the local antiques and artifacts industry in Xizhou. I would like to learn the difference between real and replicas of artifacts and antiques, and how they are cared for, Antiques in general. In my daily life, I’ve been always been surrounded... more
I have narrowed my ideas to religious life of the Bai people. Religion has always been interesting to me. So I think that this topic stuck out to me because I love learning about new religions and being able to contrast them to others. This topic is important to me because I... more