Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection

Updated 5 years 8 months ago

I can imagine myself going around town and interviewing a few residents about my topics. I can speak enough Chinese to interview them. I could visit the town hall or the mayor's house if I wanted to continue on with Village Governance. I can ask him what he does and compare how he is different to other mayors. I can also go interview individual families. There is a governing system in homes too just like a regular city. Then from the information I collect, I can compare it to ancient China and even modern China. I can see if the governance system in Xizhou is up to date or still lagging behind by comparing how similar Xizhou is to now or back then. I like this topic because it is interesting to see how a village is run, who is in charge and who follows the leader. This topic is important to me because I am the oldest child in my family. Sometimes, when my dad is away, I need to take care of my younger brother and make sure he's behaving. I think I might find out that Xizhou is similar to modern China but the way the actions and laws get carried out is similar to Ancient China.

I decided to investigate village governance, which is an important thing to have in a village. In our school, there is also governance. I wonder what kind of people are in charge and how they do so. I think I might ask the local people about if there are any leaders or if they respect elders. I can imagine myself asking adults. I might observe what would happen if someone got hurt to see who they went to for help.

I am from Chicago. I have two other siblings. I was new to SAS and China. I have lived in Chicago all my life. I play piano, tennis and enjoy basketball. I also love traveling but I have never been away from my home alone for more than one month. Xizhou was a very beautiful rural town and I got to appreciate the weather, air and scenery during my stay there. I haven't been to a lot of places on the west side of China so the trip was valuable to me. I learned as much as possible here and took a lot back with me to Shanghai.