Updated 3 years 8 months ago

When the list of possible Microcampus inquiry topics were posted, I felt a bit overwhelmed at the sheer amount of choices. I knew that I would have 28 days to conduct and present a research of my choice in Xizhou, Yunnan. In order to determine the single topic from the long list of them, I used questions to guide me.

Updated 3 years 8 months ago

Previously, in Phase 0, I narrowed down my topic to Government Graffiti and Propaganda. This is Phase 1, where I will begin to gather preliminary information as well as lay out a plan to begin researching.

Updated 3 years 7 months ago

In Phase 1, I developed questions to guide me in Xizhou as well as plan out what I know I need to research about. Phase 2 is where I will reach out to specialists and start finding sources in the village to compliment the inquiry project.

Updated 3 years 7 months ago

This is Phase three where I will keep all my information gathered about my topic. Section one, background information, was done before arriving in Xizhou. Now in Xizhou, 3-5s are short interviews (3-5 minutes) and are used to find other sources in the village. Once the 3-5 part is over, I began to do longer interviews-- ranging from 30 minutes to an hour. These interviews are were a majority of my information came from as well as when my opinion about propaganda changed.

Updated 3 years 7 months ago

Phase 4 is where my planning for the Final Project will take place. Using the information from all my previous phases and recalling the experiences I've had with government propaganda in Xizhou, I will be needing to create something that displays what I have learned. To begin, I looked a couple examples of final projects from previous Alumni, and paid careful attention to the format they made the presentation in. Gayatri B.

About This Learner

Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.