Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources
As my Phase 1 is now completed and approved I am able to move on to Phase 2. The purpose of Phase 2 is to sort through the resources I have found already and to make sure that they are useful and checked so that the information would be real. When I researched my background information I chose to use keywords that related to ethical minority music in general. At first I used keywords such as Bai Minority Music but surprisingly by efforts were close to fruitless so I reworded it into. Chinese Ethnic Music and I got many more results than before.
I know the information I have recorded so far in my Phase 3 is valid because I have found the same information in multiple sources and also besides that some of my information came straight from creditable databases such as Britannica or Culture Grams. Most of the time there would be a logo or something of that sort along the top or the bottom or there would be an email address listed somewhere. Other reasons the sources would be valid would have been through the use of suffixes such as: .gov or .edu. For example.edu would indicate that the source would have come from a notable origin such as a university.
I found many good resourcs at a website titled: http://en.cnki.com.cn however though the sources there were reliable and good it cost money to be able to download the full PDF report. Therefore the articles I found such as: "Analyses of the Long Folk Poem of the Bai Minority" by Wang Jianhua or "Folk Songs of Bai People in Dali and Traditional Music Education of the Ethnic Minority" by Wang Jing proved un-useful as in order to view the full papers, I had to make an account.
Some Contactees I have found are:
1. Dr. Rees from UCLA: email@example.com
2. Dr. Mackerras from Griffith: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Dr. Chi from UCLA: email@example.com
4. Dr. Catlin from UCLA: firstname.lastname@example.org
For my example letter I will be using the letter I sent to Dr. Rees from UCLA.
Dear Dr. Rees,
I am an 8th grade student currently attending Shanghai American School, Pudong. As of right now I am involved in a program called Microcampus, in which I chose my project to be Bai Minority Music. Currently I am in Yunnan, Xizhou interviewing the Bai people to find out as many new things as possible, they are kind and very open to sharing their knowledge. I went on your profile and it shows that you have done extensive research in the field of Bai Minority Music and i would very much appreciate any information you can share with me. I welcome you to take a look at my website and provide some quick feedback.
I chose these people as my experts because they are all known experts in the field of minority music. They have all done extensive fieldwork within China, such as Dr. Rees who has done expansive fieldwork in Yunnan. I really think that all their feedback will help me to strengthen my project and make it as good as it could be. She also told me that Suona bands tend to play nowadays for weddings or funeral precessions, also to look at what types of music men and women listen to now. Are they different? Are they the same? Do they play instruments? Is there a gender divide?. As well as that she told me to look a little and whether there were dongjing pop songs and what the elderly and younger people in Xizhou were listening to nowadays.
Dr. Rees first replied January 21st, 2014 one day after I sent the email and she gave me a lot of helpful information. She told me to pay the most attention to the percussion, stringed and wind instruments as they use these types the most in their performances.
I believe that the most helpful contacts would probably have to be ones who live in the village. I will most likely ask around for experts who currently live in this village, or live near enough to take a trip there one day. I believe the most helpful will be the elderly as they will remember significant times such as the cultural revolution or they'll know song names or instruments. People who play the instruments and know the differences between the instrument and more modern ones will also be a great help.
3-5s: A 3-5 is a short 3-5 minute interview with 3-5 different people/sources, who are currently at the Linden Center in order to find connections to villagers that might be helpful in finding other sources.
In total I had 10 interviews around the Linden Center, with 1 at Yangzhouran. In order my sources are:
Mr. T: My very first 3-5 was with Mr.T himself, as he is one of the chaperones leading the trip. As he’s come to the village many times before he is definitely able to provide a lot of sources and information.
Mr. Linden: My second 3-5 was with Mr. Linden, who is one of the creators of the Linden Center.
Mr. Craig: My third 3-5 was with Mr. Craig, who is the general manager of the Linden Center.
Ms. Mai: My fourth 3-5 was with Ms. Mai, as she is another one of the chaperones leading the trip. She's come to the village multiple times before with Mr. T and she was able to provide a lot of information about the Bai music.
Andrew: My fifth 3-5 was with Andrew, who is part of the TC team at the Linden Center.
Frank: My sixth 3-5 was with Frank, who is the executive general manager.
Su Mei: My seventh 3-5 was with Su Mei Ayi, who is one of the ayi's who works at the Linden Center.
Seb: My eigth 3-5 was with Seb, who is one of the people who work at the front desk.
Xiao Tang: My ninth 3-5 was with Xiao Tang, who is the general manager working at Yangzuoran.
Isabelle: My tenth 3-5 was with Isabelle, who is the HR associate.
Annaliese: My eleventh and final 3-5 was with Annaliese, who is part of the TC team at the Linden Center.
In general most of them shared similar information, they all refered to the Dongjing music players in the village. So far I have gotten many different sources such as Mr.Zhao who is one of the players, or Mr.Dong who is also very knowledgable about the music. The rest of the information I will share in my phase 3, which you can find a link to down below.
Books from the Linden Center library:
I want books that speak specifically about the Bai music and doesn't just mention it once or twice. In total I probably found 2 books that speak specifically about the music. On a broader scale in total I found about 6 books, but those didn't mention much new information those books just refered to the music occasionally.
I borrowed the book "Echoes of History" bye doctor Helen Rees, who was also one of my contact people. Her book mainly talked about Naxi music and Dongjing music, which is the main mix of the music in Xizhou.
During phase 2, I have been gathering a list of contacts and resources that will help me with my research. In Phase 3 I will be recording all the information that I have gathered.