Microcampus is a journey; a journey where students leave the bubble that is Shanghai life to learn and experience the culture of a different part of China, a journey to grow as a person, a journey to, perhaps, even learn something about themselves. I am one of the lucky chosen few to embark on this journey. We will be spending 28 days in a village of Xizhou, and to start us off, we were given a long list of topics we could study there. From these, I narrowed my choices down to three: Local spirits/ legends/ stories, Wall propaganda messages, and Local recreations/ Hobbies.
In Phase 0, I went through the process of picking a topic; Local Legends and Stories, and in this phase, I will reflect on what I know and try to come up with questions that will help me research this topic when I get to Xizhou.
So far in Phase 1, I have explained what I know about my topic, where I have learned them, and what I plan to find out about it. In Phase 2, we evaluated our sources, contacted an expert or two in our field, and collected first person contacts for our field work in Xizhou.