Updated 3 weeks 6 days ago

Hi! This is the first phase of my inquiry project, which is an opportunity for all Microcampus students to discover more about Xizhou from different aspects within the 28 days of our travel. We had a wide variety of topic choices to choose from: from business case studies to silversmithing, and even designing our own tourist guide. I eventually focused on some specific topics using the method mentioned below:

Updated 3 weeks 22 hours ago

Before the winter break, I had finished Phase 0, where I chose my topic of the local antique trade and its interconnection with the Tea Horse Trail. Now, I will activate my prior knowledge of the subject and ask myself a few insightful questions that I am wondering about.

What do I already know (or think I know) about the subject?

Updated 3 weeks 1 day ago

I am currently in Phase 2, where I will be finding some useful resources to propel my research onwards. Before the winter break, I finished Phase 0, where I chose my topic, Local Antique Trade: Tea Horse Trail, and referred to some alumni advice. Recently, in Phase 1, I finished my background research and came up with a few big questions for my project in Xizhou.

Updated 3 weeks 6 days ago

This is Phase 3, where I will be collecting, interpreting, organizing data and facts from prior to and during the Microcampus trip. Previously, in Phase 0, I had selected my topic and looked at alumni advice. Then, in Phase 1, I referred to background knowledge and started putting forward some big questions.

About This Learner

I am Clark W. and I am super excited about my adventure in Xizhou, Yunnan. I was born in Lancaster, Pennslyvania, but spent most of my life in Shanghai. My inquiry project will be focused on Local Antique Trade/Tea Horse Trail because I am passionate and curious about the history and stories behind antiques and the trade's effects on Xizhou. I hope that I could explore China outside the "bubble" and learn to be more independent throughout this amazing experience.