Phase 1: Posing Real Questions
In Phase 0 of this inquiry project, I read about possible topics I could study, and eventually decided on a blend of 2 topics (recreation and music). In Phase 1 I will ask questions and dig deeper to find out more about my specific topic.
I know that music and recreation are two things that fit together, because music has a big role in recreational life. People play music for entertainment and also listen to music for entertainment. Also, music and recreation are both universal aspects of culture, so they will vary from place to place. Bai minority music is most likely very different from traditional Chinese music. Different places also have different hobbies for recreation, like sports and other activities, so when I study the role of music in recreation of the Bai people, it will be unique from any other culture. I know this because our family has traveled to many countris for vacation, and in some countries we went to a traditional performance, and they were all unique and special. For example, even in different parts of China, like different minorities, the music and dancing is different. That's why I believe that Bai music will be very unique. The recreation of the places we go is also completely different from place to place. When I went to Europe they played soccer on the street, in some Asian countries they set up a net and play badminton... By traveling I realized that every place has a completely unique culture that you can experience.
I would still like to know many things about my topic. For example, how important is music to the Bai people? How much time to they devote to recreation and entertainment? I would also like to know what other kinds of recreational activites Bai people do. Also, what might be different about old people and young people in terms of the music they enjoy and listen to? These things will be important to know because I need to study them in order to understand my topic more and also understand their culture more as well.
I have done some background research about my topic and I have included it in Phase 3 of my project.
Next, I will come up with 10 major questions and answers that will help guide my research and dig deeper into my topic.
Influence from Chinese people
1. How is Bai music/recreation different from traditional Chinese music/recreation?
The Bai people use different instruments for their music, and have different activities for their spare time.
2. How do the Chinese people and their music influence the Bai minority's music?
The Chinese people influence the Bai people in a big way, because Bai people interact with the Han people so they may have some similarities.
Music and Recreational Life
3. How big of a role does music have in the Bai people's recreational life?
Music has an important role in the Bai people's recreation life, because the Bai people are known for their proficiency in the arts.
4. What other activities do the Bai people have that they do in their spare time?
The Bai people make sculptures, paint, and also have festivals and many other recreational activities.
5. How are old people and young people different in terms of music and recreation?
Old people and young people are very different, because the society changes from generation to generation, so the way people are taught is different.
Change in Music and Recreation
6. How does the music and recreation of the Bai people fit in with the advancing technology nowadays?
The recreation and music should advance along with the technology, such as advanced gadgets to play with, or electronic instruments.
7. Has Bai traditional music/recreation changed over the past years along with the modern society?
The traditional music and recreation should have changed, and some traditional elements of music and recreation are disappearing in the modern world.
8. Do the Bai people listen to the same music as we do today in the modern world?
The Bai people could have many differences and similarities to us, but they most likely have a blend of modernized music and traditional music passed on from earlier generations.
9. How are children and young people being taught about the traditions regarding music/recreation?
The parents may educate the children through enculturation, or there may be classes in school on certain topics.
10. Do the children or adults of the Bai minority treat music as an important aspect of their culture?
The Bai people believe that music and the arts are important to their society because their society is generally pretty good at art.
After researching in Xizhou, I found more accurate and updated answers to these questions and I changed some of the questions because some of them weren't relevant anymore. You can see the updated answers in Phase 3.
I met with Mr. T on November 18 to discuss my questions.
In Phase 1, I asked questions understand my topic more deeply. In Phase 2, I will find more helpful resources to help me with my inquiry project.