Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
Choices. As we embark ourselves in the Microcampus trip we have had to choose our topics for an odyssey of 28 days, which will determine what we do. So I have went back to reliable Mr. T's advice, and chosen the Change and Development of Xizhou. Here are, or were, my topic choices.
1. Antiques and Collectibles. Studying antiques, learning how to detect fakes, and maybe learn about their value. For me, it felt like a chase after pieces of chipped pottery, to be blunt. I am not an artist (I have trouble drawing squares), and I feel I would not be successful or interested.
2. The Change and Development of Xizhou. After a lot of thinking and weighing options, I have decided to choose topic 2, the Change and Development of Xizhou. This project allows for a unique perspective of Chinese modernity that has only been told by government officials and the media, which is partly what contributes to its appeal. As a Chinese person, it would be sad if I was a complete neophyte on subjects of Chinese culture, and now that I think about it, I realized it is important for me to understand changes in society. I plan to find out how Yunnan has changed over the years, and how that has impacted both the banker and the worker. I would need to talk to people of difference socio-economic status to fully understand how Yunnan has transformed over years.
3. Green Energy. Looking at a real-life examples of the adaption, commercialization, and the usage of green energy. But the problem is that I do not see something that I could learn in Microcampus that I cannot learn in the much larger and commercial Shanghai.
After looking at the reflections from previous Microcampus students, I think the general motif is to work hard, enjoy Microcampus, and remember that we are free to change the topic and/or modify it. Since I do not see any projects that are related, I generally saw how previous Microcampus students had positive attitudes to Microcampus, which I will try to emulate. Some projects I checked was Bill L's, Yisu H's, and Dylan Y's
So I am done with Phase 0, and will be moving on to Phase 1. This will include posing questions and generally creating a template for further research.