Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas

Updated 4 years 11 months ago

We are nearing the end of our journey. Phase 0 was dedicated to finding out what interests me the most out of all the possible topics. Phase 1 is where I started background research related to the project I chose as well as creating essential questions. Phase 2 was about gathering helpful resources to find more information. In Phase 3, I interpreted all the information I gathered before and after arriving in Xizhou. Phase 4 is all about developing a plan as to how to share all the information, experiences, and connections I have gathered these past few weeks. 

One final product I watched was Sarah C. from Dynamite. Her video not only incorporated all the information she learned, but also elaborated and described the connections she made during her month there. At the end, she even made a final product out of process, which was a creative way to show how much she has learned and grown as a person. Hannah H. from Cookie Monsters was another video I viewed. Her video was all made up of pictures of locals in Xizhou, representing their happiness through interactions and expressions. It was a different but creative way to show how much she learned in Xizhou through a simple yet effective method. Finally, Nike H. from B-4 was another final product that caught my attention. She learned a lot about her topic, which I could tell through how she interpreted the information and how she conveyed her amazing experiences in Xizhou. 

Before continuing on to my final product, who my audience will be is an important part to consider. My project will be for curious people, who not only have a deep interest in the history of China and what effects it has had on modern society here, but also for people who who want to understand how major change can greatly impact a whole country. My audience members will hopefully consist of all different kinds of people, each interested in change, both harmful and beneficial, and to delve into the history of China. People who want to have a sense of how much is actually behind the words of the propaganda messages is another kind of audience I will need to consider. This may include Microcampus students, alumni and future, other students, teachers, parents, and anyone else. 

In my final product, the main point I want to get across is what we need to know in order to fully appreciate and understand the propaganda messages here in Xizhou. This will be shown through the meaning of the words, the conditions in which it was written under, and the purpose it was used for. Through these three parts, one will be able to interpret and appreciate the propaganda message more.  

Media can make up for a huge part on how people will interpret the information you have given them. For me, the best way to deliver what I want to say is through visuals, such as images, short video clips, etc. This can be done more effectively through a film-making app, such as iMovie. iMovie will help me easily convey my information the way I picture it, including the visuals and also the information I have gathered.

For all sections of my video, I will first pick three propaganda messages from different periods of Chinese history. For example, one would be from the 1940s, when China went through Liberation. Then, the next one is from 1958, when the Great Leap Forward, one of the most disastrous events in Chinese history, occurred. Finally, one propaganda message would be from more modern times, such as the 1990s or 2000s. Using these messages, I could then compare how China has changed throughout these periods of time, and how it is continuing to change. These three propaganda can be passed through each section that I have, such as the meaning, condition, and purpose. With this, China's history and change will slowly become apparent as I subtly compare the messages.

I. Introduction:
     a. Microcampus Program
        i. Fourteen students spent 28 days at a rural village in Southwest China.
        ii. Jailbreak is the tenth group to venture out here to Xizhou. 
        iii. These past four weeks were dedicated to creating amazing experiences and connections with the wonderful locals.

     b. Introducing my Inquiry Project, propaganda messages
        i. The inquiry project is when each student picks a topic of their interest to further research and understand here in Xizhou.
        ii. Propaganda messages was the topic I was most interested in as history has always interested me, and I wanted to learn more about the country I live in, China. 
        iii.  China has changed drastically this past century, and I wanted to learn more about that through these old messages. 

     c. Thesis statement
        i. To better understand these messages, I split it into three aspects.
        ii. In order for one to understand the propaganda messages in Xizhou, one must consider the meaning of the words, the conditions in which it was written under, and the main purpose it was made for.

     d. Explaining the Content
        i. This movie will analyze three propaganda messages from different time periods of China.
       ii. Putting each message through the three filters of the meaning, condition, and purpose, one will be able to more easily see the change China has gone through. 
      iii. For two weeks, I went around to different locals around the village to help me gather information and their own personal experiences.
     iiii. The stories of these individuals and China are shown through these messages. 

II. Meanings of Each Propaganda
     a. 1949 propaganda
         i. It was written during the Liberation, when the People's Republic of China formed.
         ii. The translation is 'Never Forget Chairman Mao As Long As You Live'
         iii. It was created during a memorable age of New China, something many people will have fond memories of.
         iiii. Many still respect Mao Zedong because he is considered as the founder of New China, such as Mr. Yang, the antique dealer at Sifangjie.

     b. 1958 propaganda
         i. This one was drawn during the Great Leap Forward, a disastrous event where millions of people died.
         ii. It depicts a young lady carrying large amounts of food, harvesting the crops from that year and it is called The Harvest Lady.
         iii. The Great Leap Forward was a difficult time in China history as the whole country began to slowly starve because of the policies and changes that came. 

     c. 2000s propaganda
         i. The modern propaganda message has been created recently these years.
         ii. It loosely translates to the birth policy here in China, where you can only have one child.
        iii. Since the Reform and Opening, China has become more open to foreign countries, but that has also come with new policies and change.

III. Conditions of Each Propaganda
        a. 1949 propaganda 
             i. The Liberation was when New China was formed.
             ii. During that time, China became full of hope for Mao Zedong to help them out of their century of chaos. 
            iii. However, the next decades were again full of chaos, with Cultural Revolution, the Great Leap Forward, etc.
            iiii. Propaganda portrays the hope for Mao Zedong that was spread around China at that time. 

        b. 1958 propaganda 
             i. The Great Leap Forward was one of the most devastating movements in Chinese history, where millions of people starved. 
            ii. Elders in the village still remember the struggle during that time, and how Xizhou backpedaled in advancements for China. 
            iii. Whole villages only had a tiny portion to eat everyday, according to Mr. Duan, a former government official. 
            iiii. The propaganda was definitely ironic because it depicted a young lady harvesting their crops and smiling because of its abundance. 

        c. 2000s propaganda
             i. Different policies have come into play after the Reform and Opening. 
            ii. Some people believe the birth policy is good, such as Mr. Zhang, security guard at Linden Centre. 
           iii. The propaganda encourages people to stick to the policy as that will help the country's future. 
           iii. China has changed drastically from the 1940s. 

IV. Purpose of Each Propaganda
       a. 1949 propaganda
            i. The purpose was to endow hope in each citizen of Xizhou.
           ii. People will trust and respect Chairman Mao even more because of this message.

       b. 1958 propaganda
            i. With this one, it was an idealized version of what the Great Leap Forward was supposed to be.
           ii. Citizens will study this, and be reminded what the future will be like during the Great Leap Forward.

       c. 2000s propaganda
            i. The propaganda message is for citizens to stick to the birth policy that has been in place.
           ii. Most of the target audience will probably be young married couples.

V. Conclusion
       a. What I Learned
            i. I learned a lot about China's history and how it has changed throughout the decades.
           ii. The interesting stories of Xizhou's locals and their personal experiences from these events.

       b. Reflection
            i. From this journey, I learned how to communicate more openly with strangers.
           ii. That everywhere I go, there will be amazing connections and learning experiences to gain.

       c. Acknowledgments and Thank Yous
            i. All my sources (Mr. Yang, Mr. Duan, Mr. Ma, Mr. Zhao, etc.) for their knowledge and being willing to share their experiences.
           ii. Mr. T for supporting me through this process.
          iii. Ms. Mai for being a great chaperone and to always make sure students are on track with both their health and projects
          iiii. Last of all, thank you for our amazing host village, Xizhou, for giving all fourteen of us a wonderful four weeks!

 The next journey will be the Final Phase, where I present my final project using this general outline. 

Hi! My name is Kristen and I'm currently 13 years old. I'm in the 8th grade at SAS Pudong. I was born in Palo Alto, California, but moved to Shanghai the summer before 4th grade. I've been living in Shanghai for more than four years already. Since elementary school, I've been learning Chinese, although I don't consider myself fluent. Also, I have an older sister who is in 12th grade. My interests include reading novels, such as the Harry Potter series, writing short stories, and traveling to new places. Xizhou was such an amazing experience, and I'm so thankful that I had the opportunity to embrace all that it had to offer.