Updated 5 years 10 months ago

As I began this process, I was thinking about how to get the most out of this trip that I possibly can. I think that in order to have an authentic connection with the locals, I will have to interact with them in a personal way. No matter what I choose, I will try to add a personal aspect. Such as interacting with them in their work space rather than JUST asking questions. Teaching them something about me or my life that they may not know, and letting them tell/ teach me about them and their lives.

Updated 5 years 9 months ago

I already know that the XiZhou village is not extremely wealthy, so I am sure that they work very hard for their money. Although money may be important to them, it is probably not their most valued possession. I do not know much about the possessions that the XiZhou locals value most, so I cannot wait to learn more! I am sure that the locals value the importance of their ancestors, and things passed down from generation to generation. I have heard that they are generally very good at what they do. They have jobs that require a large amount of skill, practice, and passion.

Updated 5 years 10 months ago

There were many different searches that I made while doing background research for my inquiry project. I used some of the following phrases: XiZhou, China, materialistic, values, possessions, people, over time, gradually, valued, world, thoughts, objects, technology, ancestors, generation, etc. 

Updated 5 years 8 months ago

In the process of investigating the most valued possessions of the XiZhou residents, one could look at the residental stories of Mr. Yang, Mr. Duan, and many others. I plan to share not only the most meaningful objects, but the stories behind them. I think that sharing the stories is the most important part of the information I have gathered. Uncovering the stories is part of the reason I chose this topic in the first place. 

About This Learner

My name is Kate, and I am 13 years old. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia. I have lived in Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. Microcampus was the best experience of my life. This trip has given me the opportunity to learn about the village and the people who live here. I have learned so much about the culture, and the history throughout my time here. I am going to miss watching the birds fly in the cloudless blue sky, and breathing the fresh air. This was such an amazing experience and I will cherish it forever.