Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas

Updated 2 months 6 days ago

In Phase 3, I gathered the information from first-hand interaction with the locals, and now, in Phase 4, I will be synthesizing my gathered knowledge laying out the blueprint for my final product. 

In order to gather experience for how to shape my final product, I have viewed the final products of three former Microcampus students: Sabrina C. (Alumni-A), Jie Ling T. (Alumni-N), and Kristen F. (Alumni-J). A thread that I had observed through all final products had been that they had used diverse methods of presentation to produce their product. Jie Ling approached her project of Legends and Stories by making a storybook that told one of the legends, to which I thought was exceptionally thoughtful and original; Sabrina, in the meantime, dove into the personal lives of many individuals and learned their opinions on tea. All of the three projects conveyed their information in a concise yet thorough manner, and I think this is one of the most important aspects of making the final products—to be succinct and also to make sure that what one wants to express is being expressed. I will keep these ideas in mind as I progress further. 

Thesis and Overview

The thesis for my final product is: in order to understand the village of Xizhou's opinions on tea, one must consider the perspectives of the locals, the perspectives of the tourists, and my personal perspective. The approach that I will be taking towards my project is perspective, in which I acknowledge and expand on the various viewpoints that the village has in regards to tea. Over the course of the previous few weeks, I have acquired a multitude different opinions from people coming from contrasting backgrounds. Using these sections of opinionated information, I can provide examples to support and portray the general manner in which the locals view it versus the tourists. Throughout the duration of these inquiry sessions spent in the village, I have had a peek of the many judgments directed towards the way things are; I am glad that I had been presented with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of where these beliefs originate. 

Audience and Purpose

The audience my project is subjected to is relatively broad; essentially, anybody that is inquisitive and open to accepting new opinions and beliefs that might not necessarily conform to their own. That also ties in with the purpose of my inquiry project—to aid people into comprehending that the cultures of every region in the world is so much more complex than one would assume, and if one took the time out of one's day to learn about it, one would be presented with fruitful rewards. My intentions for this inquiry project is not to merely inform another individual about the habits of drinking in a particular southwestern Chinese village—it is to instill curiosity into the viewers. I want people to walk away from viewing my project and feel motivated to have a taste of new experiences, to step out of their comfort zone, and to learn. 

Media and Presentation

Since the last few weeks of conversing and researching, I have compiled a load of footage and media to use for my final product, which is a short movie following my journey in Xizhou. It will be a fusion of both my personal journey and what I found out along the way. Through the manner in which I present my final product, I hope to convey my intended meaning to my audience and for my project to serve all its aforementioned purposes. 

Outline

I. Introduction | 45 sec.
   a. The Microcampus program + our purpose here in Xizhou, Yunnan Province, Southwest China
   b. The inquiry project + my own topic: the village’s opinions on tea culture
   c. The thesis statement: In order to understand the village of Xizhou's views of tea, one must consider the perspectives of the villagers, the perspectives of the tourists, and my personal perspective.

II. Perspectives of the Villagers | 60-90 sec.
   a. Quotations from conversations with locals—Mr. Dang, Mr. Yang, Ms. Dong, Ms. Zhang, Ms. Zhou, Mr. Wang
   b. Preferences on taste, type, packaging, and cultural traditions
   c. Footage collected from sessions of interactions

III. Perspectives of the Tourists | 60-90 sec.
   a. Quotations from conversations with and about tourists and relative newcomers—Ms. Wang, Ms. Dong, Mr. Yang, Mr. Du, Mr. Huang, Mr. Zhao
   b. Preferences on taste, type, packaging, and cultural traditions
   c. Footage collected from sessions of interactions

IV. My Personal Perspective | 60-90 sec.
   a. Personal preferences on taste, type, packaging, and cultural traditions prior to arrival in Xizhou
   b. Personal preferences on taste, type, packaging, and cultural traditions post time in Xizhou
   c. Footage collected from sessions of interactions

Conclusion | 45 sec.
   a. Bringing all to a close + restarting the thesis in connection to the bigger picture

Here, I have established an outline that I will follow to make my final product. Carry on to the final phase of my inquiry project to see me bring my blueprint to life. 

Hi! My name is Angela and I am a student from Shanghai American School. I was a part of the Superior Microcampus group, and staying at Xizhou for the all of March in 2017 was something I will never forget. It was one of the most difficult, frustrating, uncomfortable, and unforgettable opportunities I will ever have the honor of experiencing. I had learned so much values and knowledge over the course of those 28 days, and these lessons are what I will be carrying with me for the years to come.