Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources

Updated 1 year 3 months ago

In phase 1, I have developed ten big questions that would help me to dig deeper into my topic and prepare for the 28 days in Xizhou. This is the phase 2, where I will be reflecting on the information I researched in phase 3, as well finding more helpful and reliable information to answer the 10 questions about my topic, the ways how the people in Xizhou relieve stress. 

In phase 3, I was able to research some background information about how people in China might relieve stress with different activities and hobbies. In order to research, I used several keywords, like Chinese Traditional Hobbies, How do Chinese relieve stress and Chinese meditation. I used the keyword Chinese Traditional Hobbies because I wanted to understand some of the main hobbies that Chinese people have done from the past and until now. I thought that in Xizhou, many people would still have Chinese traditional hobbies. I also used How do Chinese relieve stress, in order to learn the basic and general ways that people in China relieve stress. I wanted to compare the ways Chinese relieved stress and how they did in the past so that I could understand and learn better when I go to Xizhou. Finally, I used the keyword, Chinese Meditation, because I wanted to learn some of the Chinese traditional ways to fight with stress by keeping one's mind calm. Also, I wanted to learn about the movements done by the Chinese people, who I see a lot in the evening in Shanghai. I thought it was a type of meditation and so I had used the keyword to dig deeper into what I was curious about. 

Some of the sources I have researched in Phase 3 are valid but there is some information that I am not sure whether I can trust it or not. I know that most of my information is valid because the sites are mostly health related sites that are only talking about the facts and not any opinions of the publishers. Also, I have used the CRAP method I learned in school. It is a way to search and check the 'Currency', 'Reliability', 'Authority' and 'Purpose/Point of View' of the information I have found. For example, I checked the publisher, the date it was published or updated, or whether there were any opinions of the producer. 

In order to find who was responsible for the information, I researched more on the same topic online and also checked the site carefully, to see who was the publisher and when they produced/published the information. 

I wanted to get more feedback and more information related to my topic, stress, and coping. I was able to reach out to several experts who would be able to help with giving advice. One of the experts I have reached out is Associate Professor Marie Caltabiano. She has worked 20 years of teaching experience in clinical health psychology, and her principal areas of research are psychological aspects of health, stress and coping and more. She has published 7 books and almost 80 research papers and abstracts. She also wrote an Article on 'Main and Stress-Moderating Health Benefits of Leisure Effects'. I thought I would be able to get good feedbacks and understand more about stress and how people could deal with them. 

The next expert I reached out to was Professor Anna Whittaker is an internationally renowned researcher and the professor at the University of Birmingham. She is a health psychologist working on Psychoneuroimmunology and Psychophysiology. I chose her because she has done many studies one sports and stress. I thought she would be able to give me more feedback on the relationship between leisure activities and stress. 

Dear Professor Marie Caltabiano, Professor Anna Whittaker 
My name is Sejin and I am an 8th grade in Shanghai American School. I will be going to a place called Yunnan province in China with 15 other students on March 9 ~ April 5. More specifically, we are going to a village called Xizhou. During the 28 days in Xizhou, We are choosing a topic and exploring by interviewing the people in a village. The topic that I chose is Hobbies and Stress. I would like to learn about how the people of Xizhou relieve stress with their own hobbies and what kinds of leisure activities they do. I have done some background research, and I found your articles and would like to ask for your help to give me some feedback on some of my work. I would really appreciate it if you could look at my work and give me feedbacks or possible sources so that I could understand more about how to cope with stress with hobbies. Thank you so much. 

Here is the link for my work:

Here are my 10 big questions about my topic 
1. What is the relationship between hobbies and relieving stress and what is the definition of 'hobby' to the people of Xizhou?
2. What might be some of the reasons why adults and young children in Xizhou might get stress?
3. What are some hobbies you have and how does it help you deal with stress?
4. What are some of the hobbies that young teenagers do in spare time in order to relieve stress?
5. Is there somewhere that many people in the Xizhou go to when they play sports or do leisure activities?
6. What are some traditional hobbies of Xizhou?
7. Music helps young teenagers and adults in many ways, especially with stress. Are there any hobbies that are related to music or special instrument that the young generation like to play?
8. What are some activities or hobbies that young children or teenagers do when they meet together?
9. How much time for young teenagers and adults spend on sports and activities?
10. Do the hobbies relieve stress affect the student's school work, and if so, how to parents with the problem?


At this time there has been no reply from the professors I sent an email to. 


We have now arrived in XIzhou and have started the interviews for our 3-to-5s. The 3-to-5s is a process of asking and finding some helpful resources from the adults who help us. Everyone has a different topic, and we all have different people to interview for our topic. So, we have asked the teachers for their help for finding helpful resources for our projects. I have asked Mr. Tafel, Ms. Mai, Ms. Bravermen, Mr. Yang and Ms. Wang for my 3-to-5s. 


Mr. Tafel 

  • Bao Cheng fu where old women like to dance in the evening
  • The Bao an, guards of linden centre and Yang Zuo Ran
  • The staffs of linden centre
  • Mr. Yang who plays the guitar
  • temples, mosque for prayers (good place to go in the evening)
  • Mr. Huang the leader of the prayer
  • The Tongue of the Lake 
  • Anywhere where people like to go and rest

Ms. Mai 

  • Bao Cheng Fu - the parking lot next to the Linden Common and women who usually dance in the evenings in Bao Cheng Fu
  • temples where the elders meet
  • Some local students from middle school to high school.
  • store and restaurant owners who are local or who are from outside XIzhou 
  • Si Fang Jie 
  • Mr. Yang (he owns a coffee shop)
  • Ms. Zhao who took Sophie yesterday and  her sister 

Ms. Braverman

  • The Si Fang Jie
  • Younger kids around Si Fang Jie
  • Son of the ai who makes the Xizhou Baba
  • A Ling jie's son who's age is similar to us
  • A Rui jie's daughter who is about high school
  • Temples or communal spaces where I could find the elder people
  • Middle School or High School in Xizhou
  • Different store owners in the street
  • Hai Shi Gong Yuan where is a good place for leisure activities

Mr. Yang & Ms. Wang(The staffs who helped us)

  • Mr. Yang himself
  • Xia Guan which is far away from here 
  • The High School or Middle School
  • The staffs in Linden Centre

As I asked more and more people, I was able to get more and more information. Then, I started to get similar resources to have conversations with for my Inquiry Project. I knew that I had gotten enough of the resources for my 3-5o-5s, because I got about five or more resources for each of the teachers and staffs, and same resources were being mentioned. 

I think it would be very helpful if I was able to get some books about the leisure of Dali, or places where tourists usually go and visit. I think it would be better if I was able to get books about the religions and some traditional activities that helped and helps the people to calm down. 

Now that I have gotten some resources for my topic, I will be going on to my next step, which is phase 3, where I will be researching by meeting people in Xizhou, for my topic, 'Hobbies and Stress'.

I'm a 15 years old Korean Boy. I was in Xizhou during my first year in China as part of the W group, Wildifre. I really liked the blue sky as well as the strong sun. Lake Erhai and my 28 days with my 15 other friends is something I miss a lot. It was also an experience that changed my life. I hope the future Microcampus groups will also have a great time in Xizhou. Take a ot of pictures of your friends and the Xizhou community! Enjoy your journey and always help each other.