The Night Before Christmas

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Well, I kind of feels that way. Tomorrow I’m driving up to Northern Va; I take an 8 am flight out of Dulles Tuesday morning. I’m ready! I say this even despite the fact I just had a mild anxiety attack after rearranging my luggage for perhaps the 12th time… Anyway, once I actually […]

Project Proposal: Perspectives of Tai Chi

Tai Chi in Beijing

I am very excited to begin researching Tai Chi in China.  However, “Tai Chi” is a broad subject.  The martial art itself has multiple schools, multiple forms, and multiple legacies.  So then, what will I be researching? I am not necessarily researching Tai Chi per say.  What I am researching is individuals’ perspectives of Tai […]

Controversy in Museums

For my research project, I intend to research the portrayal of controversial topics in Beijing’s museums. Museums serve as a locus of academia and the public, and are one of if the primary means of dispersing information to the masses. As such, museums, especially those run by the state in a statist country such as […]

Project Proposal: Economic Relations

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For my research, I’m examining the economic growth and relations of companies in Virginia versus that of Beijing.  As of now, I have picked the following three companies/organizations on which I would like to conduct my research. All are located within Beijing as well as in locations closely accessible to where I live in Virginia. […]

Research Project Proposal

My research project will be focused on exploring the place competitive sports has in the culture of Chinese Universities, and role these sports play in the lives of students. My plan is to do so by examining the Tsinghua University fencing team. One of the biggest problems I’ve had with perusing the idea of studying […]

Philosophy and Ballroom Dancing

Ethical Philosophy My biggest question for those that I may come across while in Beijing is about their take on traditional Confucian values. First of all, what exactly are these Confucian values? Who abides by them? And how exactly are those beliefs applied in life? I want to investigate how these ideas compare with western […]

Project Proposal

For my ethnographic field project, I want to study the demographics behind the people who subscribe to the various food superstitions in Chinese culture or the archaic practice of eating dog.  One of the main instances that sparked my interest in the topic were the Internet protests that halted the celebration of a dog festival.  […]

Western Consumer Culture (Starbucks) Research Proposal

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While studying at Tsinghua University, my field study consists focuses specifically on the appeal Western consumer culture within China.  To begin my research proposal, I’ll be describing the community and the site that I will be studying in! As it says in the title, my main site of focus is none other than Starbucks. There […]

Project Proposal: Adoption in China


I chose to do my fieldwork project on adoption in China because I think it represents an interesting perspective on U.S.-China relations.  I find it very interesting that recently American’s have adopted more Chinese children than any other nationality.  In May of 2007, the Chinese government implemented stricter requirements to adopt in China.  The government […]

Project Proposal


I plan on studying the Chinese college-age perspective of soccer.  While originally my topic was extremely broad and covered all of Chinese soccer culture, I pared it down to younger people and then further to collegiate views.  I think this community will be the most useful and allows for a more in depth study than […]