Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources

Updated 7 months 4 weeks ago

Overview of my Inquiry Project:
In Phase 1, I have written the questions and my background information about the topic. In this phase, I will work on finding the validity of my sources in Phase 3 and find experts to view my topic. 

In my research of Phase 3, I have indentified the keywords of my research which are classes, communism, wealth, economy, money, psychology, and values. Communism, economy and values are keywords that will be possible answers to my questions.  While money, psychology, class, and wealth are the topics I am researching, I do not need to explain individual keywords. I chose communism as one of my keyword answers because communism was a big part of life for Xizhou citizens that has changed their wealth. Next, I choose economy because it is related to how much wealth and resources are in a country or region. Last of all, I choose values because this would affect how the citizens think of their money, wealth and status. 

I can varify that my research is valid because I used a variety of sources of books, websites, pictures and more. The books I used are Communism by Tom Lansford and The Psychology of Wealth by Charles Richards Ph.D. The authors have Ph.D.s  and their jobs involved the books' subject matter. The website and picture I used are valid because I have looked at the author's page, date, and I verified that it is valid. 

I can validate the publisher of the books from the books' cover; the author's name is on the book as well. For websites or picture, it is usually below the title, or on the end of the page or in a tab where it shows the readers the author page. 


Letters to experts: 

Experts' name Contact Information Why choose this expert?
Arthur Ellis aellis@spu.edu I read his social research book and having someone in this field of expertise would really help my inquiry project to get better answers from the Xizhou citizens. 
Charles Richards(unlikely to reply) In the website, there is a "contact us" tab where I can contact him.  I used his book "The psychology of wealth" for one of my research in Phase 3.
Sun Feng(unlikely to reply) sunfeng@tsinghua.edu.cn I choose this expert because she has a PHD and is a professor of sociology at Tsinghua university. She researches in consumption behavior, happiness and income distribution. I am not sure if she knows hyow to read English. 

Dear Dr. Ellis,

My name is Nicole, and I am a middle school student from Shanghai American School, in Shanghai China. I am going to attend a month long field investigation called micro-campus in the Yunan Province of China, in a rural town called Xizhou. My research investigation involves the correlation among wealth, status, money and happiness in the lives of the local population.  I have developed a set of ten possible questions I want to ask the people I will interview, and I would be so happy if you would look over my questions and the outline of my research found on at my website http://www.sasmicrocampus.org/projects/blogs/8588/students). I value your suggestions very much, on any of the aspects of my research and would be delighted to get feedback from you or possible links to other places I can look to aid my research. I have written what I learned in Phase 3 of my website. 

These are the ten main questions, I am going to ask the villagers in Xizhou:

1. How has the Cultural Revolution affected the Citizens' wealth, money and status?
2. Are there other events that deeply affected Xizhou's wealth, money and status?
3. Does wealth, money and status affect your happiness?
4. What is your monthly income and does your income give you happiness? If not, how much more?
5. Do you spend money to improve your status like buying fashion clothes? 
6. If you have a chance, would you live and work in the city or in Xizhou and why?
7. Why do humans create economy classes like low, middle class, and high class? 
8. How do you define Wealth?
9. Why do most people value wealth and money more than other values like health or happiness? 
10. What are your advice to future generation about wealth, status, and money?

I am hoping that you would give me some advice about my inquiry project and I'm looking forward for your reply! 

Thanks,

Nicole 

At this time, I have not received a reply from my experts. 


I arrived to Xizhou and I am going to ask 3 to 5 people for 3 to 5 minutes about my inquiry project. The purpose of 3 to 5 is to find good contacts in the village so I can get good information about my inquiry project. The people I have interviewed are Mrs. Zhao, Ms. Qi, Ms. Song and Mr. Tafel. I chose these adults because they have been in this Microcampus program for a long time and they have many connections and knowledge about Xizhou. Below are bullet points about the possible connection or resources I have learned from my conversations.   

Ms. Zhao

  • local family business owners (from 十方界 to Linden Centre)
  • immigrants (Coffee Shop) 
  • Mr. Du (family business)
  • farmers
  • retired people (East Gate called 东安门 in the pavilion) 
  • wealthy family (outside villagers- larger homes)

Ms. Qi

  • any restaurant/ shop owners
  • different minority groups
  • teachers (middle school nearby)
  • Mrs. and Mr. Linden
  • staff in Linden Centre

Ms. Song

  • staff (Linden Centre)
  • farmers 
  • workers 
  • local family business owners
  • homeless people 

Mr. Tafel

  • Mr. Du (antique dealer)
  • Older members in community 
  • Mr. Zhao (guard in Yang Zou Ran)
  • guards in Baocheng fu 
  • local family business owners (from 十方界 )
  • Mr. Yin (cheese factory- one of the main 4 wealthy families)
  • Mr. Huang- Hui or Muslims leader (mosque at 十方界)

I have enough contacts to keep me busy for these weeks of Microcampus. I have six specific people and ten types of occupations I can reach out to. The types of occupations are local family business owners, immigrants, farmers, retired people, wealthy people, different minority groups, teachers, staff in linden centre, homeless people and guards. I know where these specific people are living, so I believe that I will be very busy for these three weeks.

I have not looked in detail in the linden centre's library about my inquiry project but I have seen some history books that talks about the cultural revolution. I saw some books that overall talks about Xizhou and I will search for books in the category of jobs in Xizhou. 

To continue the inquiry project journey, please look at Phase 3 where I will write the information that I will receive from the contacts I have been suggested. 

Hi! My name is Nicole and I am in the Superior Group. I am from Hong Kong and I came to SAS in second grade. I am so glad that I have attended Microcampus and living in Xizhou is a bliss to experience. The beauty of the Xizhou will never dissolve away in my mind where there are mountain peaks of ice and green garlic fields flowing through the grass land. I miss this experience so much and I hope the future microcampers will feel this experience as special as I did.