Phase 4: Preparing to Share: Emerging Ideas
In order to have a thorough understanding of the family planning policy in China, one must investigate the facts, as well as the impact it has had on society. As they say, there is two sides to every story, and I am in Xizhou to share the side that most people who are not directly impacted, may not understand, the personal side. As I am coming to the final stages of my inquiry project, my main point is that behind each person the family planning policy has affected, there lies a story. I would like to share the story of maybe four or five woman, and how they formed their families with the impact of the family planning policy. I am going to be looking at all viewpoints, from woman who are different ages and grew up with different mindsets, and to women who are different minorities.
Although anyone could see my work, since it is on a public website, when making my final product, I have to keep in mind who my audience is. This could include future microcampus students, peers, teachers, family, people who want to come to China and Xizhou, or anyone in general who is interested in China's family planning policy.
Other information besides the stories of the woman and their families, is my story and my journey throughout the process. Even though the family planning policy is just a rule set in place, it can become very personal, and a hard subject to talk about. In addition, there is no freedom of speech in China, so people have to watch what they say about the government. I want to share, the relationships I formed with people during my research, and outside of my research. There were many highs and lows through the process of working on the project, that I would like to put in my final product as well.
There are so many media options in which I could present my final product. I have a lot of information and stories to share, and I think the most effective way to do so would be through pictures. Therefore, I am thinking about making a photo journal, containing the picture of each woman and her family, with their story attached.