Phase 1: Posing Real Questions
I started off not knowing much about what local Chinese people do for recreation, which is why I guess, I was interested in the topic. After looking through an alumni's work, I found out how and why playing is important for children. I found out how it helps the emotional, physical, and mental health of a child. I also found out some of the traditional Chinese games still played today. Because there are so many elders in rural China playing traditional Chinese games, I am guessing their children or grand-children are being taught how to play such games like, Mahjong, or Chinese chess. So instead of kids in rural China playing a modern game, or playing on a modern device like a computer, they only have what their parents, and their parents parents had/have, traditional Chinese games. In short, their idea of "play" is much different than ours. After researching online, I also found sports and other games that Chinese kids love to play, such as Badminton, and Chinese chess.
(The alumni's work I looked through was Nike H. You can find her work inquiry project here)
As I said earlier, to find some of my information, I first checked an alumni's work. After digging for sources, and taking in the information, I went on to search for my own sights. Believe it or not, there is not a lot of information on what people in rural China do for fun. So I started broadening my search. I searched up recreation in China. There were a few sights that helped, but that was it. I then went to Google scholar, and broadening my topic even further, I searched up why playing was important for kids. That is where I probably found the most information I ever had. I tried other recourses than just Google, but there are not many books, or videos, about Chinese recreation. In the end, after many nights of digging and searching, I successfully found enough information.
In general I would love to see what people in the village do during their free time. For example If their parents work for a long time, what do the children do to keep themselves company? What kinds of games would they play? Unlike other people who have done this project before, I'm not only going to focus on kids, I also want to see what the adults do for recreation. What kind of things do they do to keep themselves happy? I would also like to see if people in the village agree that play is important, and if they think physical education for children is important. I would also like to interview some adults and then some children, to compare what their favorite games are. Have been any changes over time, or have games truly have been passed down from generation to generation, without much changing?
Building Background knowledge is in Phase Three. Here is the link
Below are my top ten big questions I have about my topic: (Possible answers are in Italics)
What are some risks that locals have taken, that they do not regret?
When a local takes a risk of being a farmer, they do NOT regret it if it works out. If any local profits from any situation, they tend to not regret what they have done.
What are some risks that locals have taken, that they do regret?
Some locals have not finished school. They tend to regret not finishing their school.
What regrets do elders in Xizhou have from their childhood?
Because times were harder when the elders in this village were kids, they did not have as much time to play with friends, and did not have a lot of time time to go to school. They regret not being able to go to shchool, and play with friends
If a local could go back in time, what would they change, and why?
People in Xizhou do not regret what they have done in the past, and instead they live in the moment.
Information for younger generations:
What are some words of wisdom for the younger generation of Xizhou?
You only live once, so enjoy life while you can.
Is there anythigng in a local's life that younger genereations could learn from? If so, what?
Always buy things when there is a discount.
Things people are proud of:
What are some accomplishemnts people in Xizhou have experienced, and how did they accomplish them
They have built up a great community, which has required lots of hard work, and getting a long.
What are locals proud of in life, and why?
Having a healthy family
What are locals looking forward to in life?
Looking at all the research I have done, I realize to be more prepared for Microcampus, and to dig deeper, I should/need to research a little bit more about what adults do for recreation. What do they do? Where do they go? So far I know lots about what kids do for fun, but not so much about the adults. I should also find out where some of the kids go to school, and at what times. It would also help if I found out what their schedule is.
Date and Time of my meeting with Mr T: September 8th 2013, 7:42-8:05