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  • 1.Faces of the worldA multi-cultural book Personal Project 2011Janey Zhao (10C)Supervisor: Ms. LaingWord Count: 4000AOI Focus: Community & ServiceAOI Question: How can I assist in educating localChinese children about other cultures?1

2. Personal StatementJaney Zhao (10C)Table of Contents:Page #Introduction & Statement of Goals3Project Layout:Step 1-23Step 3-54Step 5-9 4-5Description of the Process:Inspiration6Process 6-10Analysis of the Process10-11Conclusion 12Bibliography 13-14Appendix 15-252 3. Personal Statement Janey Zhao (10C)Introduction and Statement of Goals:Growing up, I was unlike most of the Chinese children. I lived in the multi-culturalcountry of Canada; I went to a multi-cultural school and now I attend an International school. Ithas made me more of an open-minded person. My experiences, knowledge and thoughts arevastly different from those of my cousins who only grew up in China. In their way of teachingthey rarely know anything about other countries; their main focus was on China. They dependon stereotypes and rumors they heard to know about other countrys cultures.My personal project is to make a bilingual photo book about different cultures aroundthe world. I wanted to make this book because I want to educate young Chinese children moreabout different cultures. I learn facts and views of people of other countries effortlessly in myeveryday school life by communicating with my classmates. Other people do not have theprivilege to have these experiences. I want to help the younger children to learn about thediversity of the world through an easy media like a photo book. This can increase theirknowledge about their world.I have chosen the Area of Interaction, Community and Service. This is a very obvioussince I want to help the community around me to learn more about other cultures. I want tomake a book because even though in our schools each student has a laptop, regular Chinesestudents do not. A book is sometimes an easier and quicker way of finding information.Project Layout:Step 1: ResearchFirstly I researched about Chinese elementary schools in my vicinity through people inmy fathers company who use to work in the education field. I chose a school that I think wouldbe most suitable for me for time management. I also asked my father if I could use hispublishing company to get my book bound and published.Step 2: PlanI drafted a questionnaire (Appendix F) that I would ask the principal if they would like tocollaborate with me. I bought some of the school textbook to get an idea of what they arelearning. Ill also hear and observe how they teach their classes so I will get an insight of howChinese education is. This guides me in making my book by helping me know how to format thetext in my book for them to best understand. I also prepared equipment to record my visit to3 4. Personal Statement Janey Zhao (10C)that school.Thinking that it would go smoothly I planned out my predicted timeline for events.(Appendix C)Step 3: Contacting/Interacting with school When I contacted a school, I first talked with the principal of the school on what myproject is and how it can benefit the students in that school. The principal agrees with my ideaand allowed me to listen to some classes. I visited the school every two weeks to observe andreport back the progress. I recorded these events and took notes on the method of teachingdigitally.Step 4: BrainstormI brainstormed a list of important countries that I think Chinese children would beinterested in. I came up with a list of 50 countries. Then I looked at my list to cross out whichcountries I thought was surfeit. I want a compact book of diverse cultures, so some countrieseven though I have good sources for them; theyre too similar to another country making oneof them redundant. I crossed many of them out because too many countries might be timeconsuming to search. In the end, I ended up with a list of 20 countries. I also drafted a layout ofhow the pictures and information will go together. (Appendix J)Step 5: Gathering informationI now start to research for information. I started with interviews first, I try to get asmuch people I can for the interview (Appendix A). I interviewed people in my school duringbreaks and lunches. I also interviewed many of my friends in other countries through means ofSkype and MSN.I know some people will not answer some of the questions because they might notknow the statistics. Some of the opinions for questions like values might differ from differentpeople so I cannot be sure of them.To gather more information, I had three websites to guide me. (Appendix B). I usedthree sources because I wanted to check see if the information given on one site is true.Therefore I read the information on the other site to see if the statistics given or theinformation is viable and correct.There are also some book sources that I used for some specific countries the world likethe World Book Encyclopedia Britannica, Lonely Planet travel guides and others. (Seebibliography)After gathering information, I rewrote the information given into little paragraphs. I had 4 5. Personal StatementJaney Zhao (10C)to make the sentences simple since they are for young students whos English are not fluent. Ialso wrote some Mandarin translation of those, but since my Chinese is not proficient enough Iasked people in my fathers company to help me proofread and translate what I wrote fromEnglish to Mandarin.Step 6: Gathering photographsOnce I have collected all the information, I started to look for the photographs. I askedthe interviewees whether they have photographs or not and if they dont, Ill use pictures that Ihave taken or pictures I find online.Step 7: Compiling informationI created the product on the program Pages. This is an easy word processing program,which also includes templates so I do not have to design every page. I put all my informationinto two pages for each country; one for photos, another for the English and Mandarininformation.Step 8: Editing & ProofreadingAfter creating the pages, I have to make the title page, cover, index and table ofcontents. The index will include my works cited for all the photos and interviews andinformation. I will also proofread the whole book and also let people in my fathers company toproofread as well.Step 9: PublishingI will send the book in digital form to the publishing house and in a few days they willhave a hardcopy of my book ready to hand out to the children of the Chinese school. I willpresent each student in the selected grade and class one book. If this goes well, I will expandand also give other classes students one book per room.5 6. Personal StatementJaney Zhao (10C)Description of the process:InspirationWhat inspired me to do this project was the contrast in education between me and mycousins and peers. I am the only child in my whole extended family that went to a western styleteaching school. I can see the difference in education through talking to them. They just assumeall the western countries are the same. Theyve become very ignorant about other cultures andtheir differences.Ive also seen this problem through my tutor who has to teach Chinese children before.Outside of school Ive been tutored for history and Chinese using the standard Chinesetextbooks, which Ive read, tells next to nothing about any other country. I believe that in orderto be a better more open-minded person, one must know an array of knowledge, of views andopinions of other people not just of what youre taught or your countrys.To start to educate people, I think that if your methods are effective enough to educatepeople from a young age the information will be remembered more clearly. I thought to getstraight into the learning environment is the best way to educate the kids therefore I choseelementary school children. Also from my work, it can enhance their English abilities becausemy book is bilingual.Because of the importance of the English language in our society, I believe that it is vitalto get the students engaged in this language at a younger age, not just force them to memorizewords. In this method of learning, students can develop a liking towards the language and it willhelp them tremendously in learning the language. Also, I believe that the idea of othercountries cultures should be put forth into the students mind at a younger age. When they getolder, they will have a better understanding of the differences of people from other countriesso they dont need to rely on stereotypes. This is what motivated me to make my book, which iseducational in both English and about the wider societies.Step 1: ResearchThis step was quite easy and went very smoothly. There were one school around myschool but I chose one that was around my fathers company in the Hai Dian District. Since oneof my fathers employees use to work in the school, it was easy to get in contact with them. Itried to meet them in December but because it was so close to the holiday; students weretaking tests and did not want me to disturb them. This put me behind in the timeline.When they heard that I was not from the official school board they did not care aboutme but still allowed me to visit, thinking that it would be only once. This frustrated me becausealways in China, if you are not from the government people do not take you seriously and6 7. Personal StatementJaney Zhao (10C)sometimes will ignore you before even the explanation. Nevertheless I chose this schoolbecause I was running out of time and did not want to waste more time visiting other schools.This can be seen reflected in the Stage 2 and 3 Reflection Journal (Appendix I).Step 2: PlanMy drafted questionnaire was not used as said in step 1; they did not actually take meseriously. I was about to ask the principal questions that I prepared but due to time constraintas she said she was busy, I could not and could only listen to the classes. The school waspreparing for ano