Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources

Updated 2 years 2 months ago

In Phase 1 I was coming up with big questions and finding resources for more information. In Phase 2 I will be finding better recourses to help he find more or in some cases better questions to my topic.

When I was doing my research most of my keywords were Bai or Hui because I am mostly interested in the religion that has influenced food. I know that the information that I had gathered is valid because it is either from Microcampus alumni or the websites monitor what information is put on the site to make sure that it is correct and related to the topic the page is on. I can find the people of the website because they have listed sources, have a contacts us page, their email listed at the bottom of the page, or they have there name listed on the page.

I had to send an Email to one of the sites that I used to find my background information in Phase 3. I chose to use the site where I got the information on Bai and Hui religion because I am thinking of narrowing my topic down to how religion influences food. This is the Email that I sent to my expert:

Dear experts from Travel China Guide,


My name is Michael B. I liked your information about the Bai and Hui religion in Yunnan. I am on a school trip called Microcampus, during this trip, I will be going to Yunnan to study a topic and emerge into the culture there. If it isn't too much to ask could you please give me some more information on the religion in Yunnan? I have made up some questions and I would like you to look at them and give feedback on them.

1. Is the majority of the food starch and vegetables?
2. What are the most popular dishes for each main course/meal?  breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and tea?
3. What is the most used spice or flavor while cooking?
4. How does religion influence food?

5. what are the most common Hui foods?
6. What are the most common Bai foods?
7. When did the tea ceremony start?
8. What does the strange tea consist of?
9. Tea- is there steps or a process or even a ceremony to making and serving the tea that’s meant for special ceremonies/ welcoming guests?
10. Where are the tea plantations?  How much time goes into attending the tea before harvest?

My contact has not gotten back to me yet, but I will be checking my Email periodically to see if I get a response.

The next step of the process is to do my 3-5s. 3-5 stands for interviewing 3-5 people in three to five minutes. I will be asking questions based on my topic to find some more information. I will talk with Mr. Tafel, Ms. Mai, and Mr. Chen a helper that has come to Xizhou to help us out. 

Ms. Mai:

  • Old town snacks 
  • Golden Flower
  • Uphill from Si Fang Jie
  • Wet market 
  • Muslim restaurant
  • Cheese Factory

Mr. T:

  • In Yan Zhuo Ran
  • Old town snacks
  • Golden flower 
  • Baba makers 
  • Tourists 
  • Morning market 
  • Muslim restaurant
  • Linden Centre 
  • Across the street from Yan Zhuo Ran 

Mr. Chen:

  • Muslim restaurant 
  • Resturant next to the Linden Centre call Mo Chang 
  • He has a friend also named Michael
  • The Kitchen staff in Yan Zhou Ran
  • Resturant called Xion Nian 

I have enough information now from the three people that I have interviewed to keep me interested. I will look forward to going out and learning many new and helpful things from the places and people mentioned. I can also find some more information from the library that is in the Linden Centre. I have seen the large collection there and would want to return to see what resources they have to offer. 

I am not on to the final steps of Phase 2 and will be going back to Phase 3 where I will be going on to gathering information on my topic. In Phase 2 I have been doing research to find experts and other helpful sources. The expert that I reached out to did not get back to me after many email checks. I will keep looking at my email, but I have gathered more people to see and keep me very busy. 



I had been lucky enough to be able to join the Ultimate group with eight others to go down to the village of Xizhou. I had been able to grow through this experience and learn about my inquiry project and even about myself. I have made bonds and friends with the students on my trip and also the community of Xizhou.