Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources
In Phase 1, I developed questions about my topic. This is Phase 2 where I will be reaching out to experts and sources in the village.
While researching for Phase 3, I used many keywords to find the information I needed to expand my knowledge on my topic. I order to gain a better understanding of what led up to Liberation, I used keywords like "Chinese Civil War" to learn more about the conflict between the two political parties, the CCP and the KMT. In order to learn more about these parties, I used words like "Chinese Communist Party" and "Kuomintang/Chinese Nationalists", along with researching people like Mao Zedong, Sun Yat-Sen, and Chiang Kai-shek. I found that Liberation was also called "Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949" so I used that term to do further research on the actual event. I also researched the new laws made at the time using key words like "Land Reform Law", "Marriage Reform/New Marriage Law". I also used general terms like "Chinese Reforms 1950s" and "Chinese Campaigns." After finding specific laws and campaigns I was able to learn more about the changes the country was going through at the time.
I think most of the sources I have used to learn more about my topic were quite reliable. I used sources, like Crash Course, that my humanities teacher has used in class. I cross referenced information from different sources to try to find more accurate information. I tried to pick sites that seemed more reliable and did my best to find publishing information along with cited sources, which was shown at the bottom of the articles. I used Wikipedia as a way to gain a basic understanding of different events, but always checked other sources and researched further.
For my expert, I chose to email Martin K. Whyte, a professor at Harvard whom I found on Google Scholar.
Dear Mr. Whyte,
- elderly guard at Yangzhouran (already have his phone number, name written down in Chinese)
- Mr. Duan, former government official and soldier
- Mr. Linden, owner of the Linden Centre
- Mr. Yang, former lawyer
- visit Mr. Yang's barber shop and listen to what the elderly men say when they talk about that time
- talk to elderly women to learn whether Liberation dramatically changed their lives or if their lives just stayed the same
- What was Liberation? What were the people liberated from?
- maybe focus on how daily life changed, not so much politics
- Mr. Yang, the barber
- meet people, ask about parents and grandparents
- person must be at least 80 to remember that time period clearly
- there is a place where elders congregate uphill
- spend some time in mosque maybe, there might be older people there
- Was the experience of Liberation different for the muslim community in Xizhou compared to the Bai people?
- a video that Mr. T has that is about China's history