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Meera Kolluri's picture

April 3rd: So Sore. So tired. So worth it. Today we climbed up a mountain to start our 2 night and 3 day camping trip.  We started out on a cement road, which then turned into dirt, which then turned to rocks. My eyes were facing down most of the time, staring at the ground slowly passing under me. Once we got about ten minutes into it, I noticed my ankle swelling. With my ankle condition, the pressure that not only my body was putting on it at that angle, but the massive weight of my backpack caused lots of pain for me. My thoughts were pretty basic...

Sabrina Choi's picture

A normal work day. Even though it is Saturday, we still arrived at the Linden Center early in the morning and spent the day working on our Inquiry Projects, Service Learning and school work. Despite feeling slightly upset that Saturday has to be spent hard at work, I did feel good after finishing so much work!

Meera Kolluri's picture

April 4th: In the morning, we were able to have another try at a tough hike! We first started out but going to the waterfall, where we had "quiet time" and only then started the strenuous hike up. My ankle was still swollen from the previous day, so I had my own fears to overcome while pushing myself up the mountain. The hike itself was pretty rough. There was no pathway, just dirt and slippery dried pine needles. I slipped multiple times, but surprisingly that made me feel a little better knowing that I could still get up with all that pain. My thoughts...

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Mirabel Foy's picture

I already know that the word "textiles" is not limited to a certain product.  It could be tie dyed cloth, batik, embroidery or even something else such as pottery.  In my inquiry project I plan on focusing on tie dye and Batik.  I have learned that while Batik is often considered tie dye, this is a mistake.  Tie dye and Batik are in actuality very different, from the process to the materials used.  Batik is made by using wax to make the finished product look tie dyed.

Updated 5 years 6 months ago
Audrey Chen's picture

First Person Resourses:

  • Ms. Bai LiPing (about embroidery in the XiZhou area)
  • Ms. Li (about embroidery)
  • Mr. Michael Huang (about economics)
  • Mr. Yu (about silk)
  • Hmong/Miao Embriodery Seller (about Miao embroidery)

Online Search Keywords:

  • Chinese Embroidery
  • Embroidery through the Cultural Revolution
  • Happy Embroidery
  • Chinese Embroidery for Hmong/Miao

Topics for Books:

Maddie Oppelt's picture

March 30th, 2012

Today was pretty exciting. Most of our families arrived and we got to see them after two weeks of being in Microcampus. My mom, dad, and brother came to visit me. They came in a van with two or three other families. We got a little time off to help them settle in and to show them around a bit. My mom brought me a bunch of snacks to last the next two weeks. I got pretzels, chocolate for S'mores, cookies, honey roasted peanuts, mints, etc. 

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April 6th, 2012

Today I woke up with a stomach ache. It really wasn't all that bad, but we were scheduled to go on a bike ride after breakfast, so I stayed behind. It was pretty boring. I just slept, played on my computer, iTouch, and Kindle, and that was it. It was funny when I joined everyone for lunch, though, because everyone obviously thought I was really sick and had thrown up or something, which wasn't true at all. 

The afternoon was pretty normal as well. We did some work and had our daily meeting. There honestly isn't much to say about Day 20. 

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April 5th, 2012

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIRABEL!

Okay, today we packed up everything again, ate breakfast, and hiked back down the mountain. The way down was a lot easier and faster than the way up. We also had more of a motivation. We all thought about Sweet Tooth waiting for us at the bottom of the mountain. 

Maddie Oppelt's picture

April 1st, 2012 (Happy April Fool's Day!)

On the last day with our families visiting, my family and Mirabel's family decided to eat lunch in Dali Old Town. We ate at a restaurant called the Iceland Cafe. I ordered an amazing baked potato dish with cheese and sour cream and split some breaded chicken with my mom. We all had fun playing with the stirrers that came with our drinks until we realized that they were probably reused. Then we left them next to our plates... Anyways, the food was delicious and filled us up.

Maddie Oppelt's picture

March 28th, 2012

Today we spent the day in the Linden Center and at Yang's doing our usual school and inquiry project work. It wasn't a very interesting day, so I am going to elaborate on our daily schedule. 

We wake up at about 6:45

We have breakfast at 7:30

We have terrace time from about 8:00 to 8:15 - terrace time is when we sit on the terrace and think without talking or moving.

We manage our own time until about 10:00 when we have our daily meeting

Then at 10:30 we end the meeting and work until 12:00

Audrey Chen's picture

We were recovering from our tiredness during the camping trip. I thought now was a great time to catch up on my work, and I discovered an amaxing book about the Miao/Hmong embroidery on clothing in the Yunnan area. It was useful, and I want to scan some of the pictures. The patterns are so cool! I liked the geometric ones. I also reviewed my interview with a Miao lady selling embroidery, and I've posted pictures here (though it might be blurry due to camera settings). Please check out my inquiry project pages!

KT's picture

Nothing special happened today, but the day itself was special. Day 16 of the Microcampus was the day before our hike, the day before the deprivation from showers and Si Fang Jie begun, our last day to lavish in the luxuries of such things.

Madeleine Vella's picture

My Inquiry project topic has been changed from Education in Xizhou to Bai Minority clothing. The most noticeable aspect of the Bai clothing is the headpiece worn by women, which is supposed to symbolize the snow, wind, moon, and flower. Because in my Phase 3, I am only supposed to have brief descriptions of my findings, I decided to write my 18th journal about how the Bai minority values the moon, and why it is a symbol in Bai clothing, art, and culture. 

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Madeleine Vella's picture

For my inquiry project, I've decided to research the traditional costumes and clothing of Bai Minority in the Xizhou area. Ever since we arrived in Xizhou, I've been enamored with the bright colors and intricate patterns. This topic is important to me because I'm very interested in design, color, art, and culture.

Madeleine Vella's picture

My Inquiry project topic has been changed from Education in Xizhou to Bai Minority clothing. The most noticeable aspect of the Bai clothing is the headpiece worn by women, which is supposed to symbolize the snow, wind, moon, and flower. Because in my Phase 3, I am only supposed to have brief descriptions of my findings, I decided to write my 18th journal about how the Bai minority values wind, and why it is a symbol in Bai clothing, art, and culture. 

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