Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
When I started out choosing my topic, I was interested in not just Bai Minority Music. I narrowed done the list to Economic Case Study, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Bai Minority Music. I thought about what these topics would teach me. Economic Case Study would allow me to learn about how a specific vendor made a living. Traditional Chinese Medicine will let me see ways of healing before Ipufprofen and chemicals.
I have chosen to study Bai Minority Music. I will interview local musicians, see how instruments are made, find the meaning behind the pieces, and hope to play a couple of pieces in the process. I believe that I will get to truly interact with the locals this way, and get to know about their daily lives and how music has impacted their life. I am really curious about the style of music they play and how it differs from what I am used to. I not only want to just ask them questions, but to also really get to know them.