Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas
This is Phase 4, where I will be creating a plan for how I will be sharing my information that I have collected as well as my journey here at Microcampus. Here I will create a base outline for what information I want to share.
To get a sense of how other people have shared their information in their final products, I looked at Sujin H's project on water movement through Erhai, Cassandra M's project on the Bai Minority spirituality, and Aneka H's project on the relationships among kid and teens in Xizhou. They each took a different approach to sharing their information. Sujin did a voiceover of slides with information, while Cass put a voiceover with pictures and talked very much about her own experience and journey while learning about spirituality. Aneka compared a local teenage girl's daily schedule to her own. These examples helped me open my mind to different ways of sharing what we have in a final product.
When sharing a final project like what we are doing, it is important to think about who our audience is. My audience is opened to any and all, but I do want to narrow it down to some of the Flying Tigers alumni groups. Mr T mentioned this during my talk with him, and once I am done with my final product, I may be able to send a link to my work to a few groups. They will be able to see what I have learned and done with a piece of history from seventy three years ago. My audience also includes any future Microcampus students who want to learn something about Xizhou's history as well as a bit about the relationship between the Chinese and Americans during WWII.
My thesis for this topic is as follows: To understand the impact of the Flying Tigers in Xizhou, one must take into consideration the locals' opinions and thoughts of them, the interactions and relationship between the villagers and radarmen, and experiences amongst the locals and the men of the Flying Tigers.
As for sharing my information with media, I think the best tool for my project is a Powerpoint presentation eventually turned into a video with voiceover. This will best show what I have learned, I think because of the simplicity of creating a presentation. It is a more straightforward approach but I will be able to share my information clearly.
Some important information from my hanger and hooks that need to be shared definitely include my journey throughout learning and researching my topic, as well as what Mrs Zhao has shared with me and her stories of the radarmen in her village.
- 28 days in Xizhou
- Exploring a topic of our choice
- Flying Tigers
- Why I chose it
- Thesis statement: To understand the relationship between the villagers and, one must take into consideration the locals' opinions and thoughts of them, and the experiences amongst the locals and the men of the Flying Tigers.
II. Opinions and thoughts on the Flying Tigers
- Mrs Zhao and what the villagers thought of them
- The men staying at the Zhao ancestral home (everyone being okay with that)
- International reputation
- Heroism and bravery
- When they first arrived (being afraid) vs. throughout their time in Yunnan
- Politeness, manners, and discipline of the radar men
III. Experiences and memories of the Flying Tigers
- The Jeep truck
- Giving food and candy
- The needle and string story
- Translator and identification book (from Linden Centre)
- Refusing invites to the homes of the locals
IV. Relationships at Microcampus
- Mrs Zhao remembering the Flying Tigers so clearly after 73 years
- My wanting to remember Microcampus in 73 years
- What Microcampus has done for Hailstorm and me as an individual
- Reflecting my journey
- Experience interviewing locals
- Learning from Mrs Zhao
- My takeaway from Microcampus
- Revisit thesis statement
- To understand the relationship between the villagers and, one must take into consideration the locals' opinions and thoughts of them, and the experiences amongst the locals and the men of the Flying Tigers.
- With the help of Microcampus, I have been able to understand the relationship better
- Do I think I have understood how the Flying Tigers affected Jishanyi?
The ultimate phase of my inquiry project is the Final Product: Reporting and Reflecting. My final product will be posted and I will complete a reflection that looks back on the whole process leading up to the last phase.