Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources
In my previous Phase, Phase 1, I looked at my topic and generated some big questions that will fuel my research as I move forward. I researched my topic, which is the water purification, treatment, and usage in Xizhou. This research can be found in my Phase 3 work. Phase 2 is focused on finding helpful resources that I can use as a guide for my research in the village. I will be reaching out to one or two experts of my topic, whose research I have read.
When I was researching my topic, I used keywords such as Lake Erhai, Xizou, Yunnan, and Dali. The words Lake Erhai and Xizhou were the first words that I searched. This is because Xizhou is where I will be going and Lake Erhai is near Xizhou. The answer that I got would be relate the most to Xizhou, making it more specific to my topic. I then used Yunnan and Dali. I used Yunnan because it is the province that Xizhou is in. I searched for Dali because it is a city that is nearby that uses Lake Erhai for water as well. The answers from these searches would not be as specific to Xizhou, but they would be very close and would contain reliable information about the water in Yunnan.
When I was searching for articles that I could use in my research, I had to make sure that these sources were valid. I did this by first checking other articles on the website, whether they were related to my topic or not, then used these articles as a guide to see what sorts of things were posted on the site. Along with this, I looked at previous Microcampus projects that focused on similar topics to mine, to see if they had sources from the same, if not similar websites to the one that I was using. For almost all of the websites, I had to look deeper into the articles to see who wrote them. Many of them did not have an author, but the site's name and the date it was posted on. However, the articles that I found on gokunming.com, did have the author's name listed.
After I did some more research about the author of these articles, I found that his name is Chris Horton. He is the founder and editor of the gokunming website. However, I was not able to find his contact details (email), even after a thorough hour of digging.
I was able to contact the gokunming website itself. Below is the note that I sent to the website (in italics). In this note, I included a link to my inquiry project work, my ten questions with their possible questions, and I requested that they give me some feedback as well as provide me a couple of links that would really help my further research in the village.
1. What does the water that is being purified in Xizhou contain in terms of pollution? Does the water contain waste from locals, or is it perhaps from the large industries nearby.
2. How long does the entire process of gathering the water, purifying it, and releasing it back into where it came from take (hours, days, etc)?
3. Where exactly is the water purified? Is it done locally in Xizhou, or is it done somewhere else?
4. I know that there is a lot of farming in Xizhou, however what is the water used for besides this?
5. How much of the water that is purified is actually used in Xizhou alone (percentage wise)?
6. Where does the water go after the locals in Xizhou use it for their purposes?
7. Besides the three aqueducts that send the water to the farther place in Yunnan, how else is the water distributed?
8. How do the locals in Xizhou access the water? Is it delivered or do they have to get it themselves?
9. If the water that is purified cannot be consumed by the people in the Village, where do they get their drinking water from?
10. Do the locals in the village get any water from the nearby mountains, or does it only come from the purification plant?
- The local water plant near the Linden Centre
- Some of the local farmers
- Many of the local business owners
- The local water plant near the Linden Centre
- Mr. Tou (Security Guard)
- Ms. Ye (Gardner)
- Mr. Duan (Soldier)
- Some of the elder people in the village
- Many of the locals who have wells near their houses
- Mr. Yang
When I completed my 3-5's, I was able to tell that I was "full" with information because I had enough people and places to go that will keep me very busy in the coming weeks of working on my Phase 3. I will be visiting Mr. Duan, the nearby water plant, many of the elder locals and business owners who use water to cook the food, Mr. Yang, and a view wells in the village. I will be able to get multiple stories and things that happened in their lives from the local contacts.
When I begin looking for books at the Linden Centre's library, I will be focusing on the water hitory is China, as well as the farming, because it requires water.
I will try to the best of my abilities to interview each of these contacts and the areas to visit (the water plant being the closest one to me) in Phase 3 of my Inquiry Project.