Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas
In Phase 3, I researched and collected information about my topic. I went out into the village and asked local contacts about my topic, and generally learned a lot. Now, in Phase 4, I will be thinking of ways to present my information in a unique and interesting way. I will also be making an outline for my final product so that I will have a guideline of sorts to base it on.
Before I start, I looked at some other projects to give me an idea about what different people did for their different topics. It is important to learn from other people, especially people who have gone through the same experience as you, so the alumini's projects have really given me lots of knowledge about what my final product should look like. The first project I looked at was a small business case study by Gayatri of the Dynamite group. Her project was about a potato stand business her in Xizhou. I liked how she actually found a way to present her numbers and data without boring everyone. Also, she gave a tutorial on how to make spicy potatoes which I think really helped the audience understand and experience her project a bit more. The second project I looked at was Xizhou Funeral Music by Abby of the Extreme Team group. Her project was on music that was present during a funeral. I really enjoyed how she walked people through the 3 days of the funeral and the music involved so the audience would not get bored. Also, she sung a part of the music that she lost, which I thought required a lot of bravery and willingness to step out of the comfort bubble, which was inspiring. The third project I looked at was Local Recreation for Children by Nike of the B-4 group. Her project started out as a basic video that I thought was going to involve her simply speaking into the microphone. However, later on into the video, she came up with the idea to turn YZR into a imaginary children center, detailing what each room would be. Also, she showed videos of children actually participating in the local recreational activities, which gives the audience a taste of Xizhou life. From those three projects, I have learned a lot about what my project should contain to keep the audience interested.
Since everyone has different tastes and preferences on what they consider a perfect holiday would be, I have decided to set a target audience for my tour guide. After lots of consideration, I have decided that my target audience would be a middle schooler like me coming to Xizhou to relax, have fun, and to learn a bit on the way. At first, I was considering a tour guide made for everyone. After realizing that this would be impossible due to different mindsets, I set out the discover the difference between what Chinese tourists looked for in an ideal vacation, and what a Western tourist looked for in an ideal vacation. I discovered that Chinese tourists did not particularly like to hike or bike. Unfortunately, a major part of my information was about hiking and biking, so I crossed that off my list. In the end, I decided on an international student like me. This was because I feel as though I would be able to relate the most to this kind of audience. Also, this specific target audience is the most similar to me, so I should be able to add a bit of my own preferences into the tour guide without the fear of accidently boring the reader.
The main reason I am making this tour guide is because I wish for everyone to be able to experience the wonderfulness of Xizhou as I have, since I have had an amazing time here. One of the best parts of going anywhere exciting is knowing that you can come back home and not only share with everyone what a good time you had, but that you could also have a chance to contribute to their happiness if they do go to the place you went. My thesis for writing a tour guide is: in order to write a 3 perfect days tour guide, one must know what a tourists is to do on the first day, the second day, and the third day.
Right now, I think that the most worthy candidate of media types for my tour guide is a website. Not only does it provide a neat, crisp way of organizing information, it also is easily accessible for most people. A website can have multiple pages, making it easier for tourists to navigate between the 3 days. Also, in our modern world filled with technology, I have found that the copy paste function available to use on the computer is especially helpful when trying to memorize addresses and other information like that.
Asides from sharing what tourists can do for 3 perfect days, I will also inform them of the differences between what Chinese tourists like to do and what Western tourists like to do. This is because I have actually found the differences very interesting, and they really pop out to you in daily life once you know what they are. Also, I will provide them with some tips on how to survive in Xizhou without knowing fluent Chinese, and some small little facts that tourists might be interested in once they come here.
Now, I will be writing out an outline for my tour guide. Keep in mind that this is very broad, and will probably not be identical to the schedule of my final product.
- Introduction to Microcampus (we stayed here for 28 days, we came to learn, etc.)
- Thesis statement ( in order to write a 3 perfect days tour guide, one must know what a tourists is to do on the first day, the second day, and the third day. )
- Introduction to 3 Perfect Days articles
- Explanation to why I chose my topic
- Small introduction to Xizhou and the surrounding area
II. First Day
- Wake up at Linden Center
- Check out the old houses/get to know the layout of Xizhou
- Eat lunch at SFJ (Old Town Snacks)
- Check out shops at SFJ
- Visit the rice noodle factory
- Visit the rushan factory
- Chill a little and walk along the fields
- Eat dinner at SFJ (Golden Flower)
- Stargaze at terrace at night
III. Second Day
- Wake up at Linden Center
- Take nice walk, appreciate nature
- Pack lunch to go to Lake Erhai
- Take horse cart to Erhai
- Relax in Erhai, watch cormorant fishing
- Walk up to the mosque to check out tombstones
- Eat dinner in SFJ (Wandoufen)
- Check out night dancing at square opposite the Linden Center (7:30)
IV. Third Day
- Wake up at Linden Center
- Go to morning market to buy/check out things
- Eat lunch at SFJ (Muslim noodle shop)
- Go to Zhoucheng and learn to tie dye
- Walk down Muslim street to buy dried papaya
- Eat dinner at spicy soup shop
- Relax/hang out on terrace again, or go read in the library
- Pack for departure tomorrow
- Sum up tour guide
Now click here to check out my final product that everything up until now has been leading to.