Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
Choices. As we embark ourselves in the Microcampus trip (And no, I am not the type of person to copy and paste the Microcampus vision page here), We've had to choose our topics for an odyssey of 28 days (That's 672 hours, 40320 minutes, and 2419200 seconds) which will determine what we do. So I've went back to reliable Mr. T's advice, and maybe some very reliable een meenie miny moe, and chosen the Change and Development of Xizhou. Here are my topic choices.
1. Antiques and Collectibles. Studying antiques, learning how to detect fakes, and maybe learn about their value. For those readers who find museums boring, looking at pieces of chipped pottery. I felt like I am not an artist and would not be interested by this.
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. For those readers who happen to be technophobic, this means understanding why a piece of glass and strangely shaped blades of plastic produce energy. I felt this would not be conducive to an interesting documentary.
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 don't see any projects that are related, I generally saw how previous Microcampus students had positive attitudes to Microcampus, which I will try to emulate.
So I'm 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.
Note: Number 1 is the one I am most interested in, followed by number 2, and followed by number 3.