Reflection: The Great Listen
1. Rocky Zhang and his father, Weihong Zhang, talk about Weihong’s life experiences and jobs.
2. The interview was conducted in February 2017 in Sharon, Massachusetts. During the interview, they speak about Weihong’s childhood in China, explaining how he was raised a rural village in China and ended up being the third person in his family to go to college. Also, they discuss Weihong’s immediate family, which includes his mother, father, two brothers, and 4 sisters. Rocky learns that, due to cultural implications, most of his father’s village shared the same last name, Zhang. Lastly, they touch on Weihong’s immigration to the US.
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An interview is different from a text in terms of being a historical reference because an interview documents the emotions of each word more clearly and accurately. While historians often debate the tone or sincerity of texts, interview are much genuine and straightforward. Specifically, laughs, sighs, and crying are apparent in interviews, but motives and feeling are slightly more obscured in texts.
8. Historians would not be able to learn much about 2016 by listening to the interview because we discussed the past much more than the present. However, at one point, I did ask my dad to compare the computers of his time with modern computers. As a result, historians could have a feel for the complexity or primitivity of modern computing. It is also possible, that historians could use the part of the conversation about 9/11 to gauge the effect of the event.
9. If I were to conduct another interview, I would ask more my partner to elaborate on each part more, rather than rushing to the next question.
10. I would interview my mom because I am sure her story is just as interesting as my dad’s. Furthermore, it would offer another perspective on China because she grew up closer to the city and had a totally different schooling
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One of the greatest obstacle that controls the experience of China for Mark Salzman is his race. Mark Salzman has been fascinated with the Chinese culture since he was young. It was his dream to visit China and practice wushu. However, he did not know that being a foreigner has such an impact on the way he lived in China. He was always in the center of attention.
Four Chinese mothers have migrated to America. Each hope for their daughter’s success and pray that they will not experience the hardships faced in China. One mother, Suyuan, imparts her knowledge on her daughter through stories. The American culture influences her daughter, Jing Mei, to such a degree that it is hard for Jing Mei to understand her mother's culture and life lessons. Yet it is not until Jing Mei realizes that the key to understanding who her
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When preparing for an interview, a great deal of thought and consideration needs to be completed before the interview even begins. The person conducting the interview needs to think about where the interview is going to take place, the time of which it will occur at, and what kind of technology will be used. They need to review the file and consider who is being interviewed, what the person has experienced, and how they may be affected. Interviewing someone is a crucial part of policing, and ultimately helps police solve crimes. When it is done properly, it can be very successful, but if it is not done properly, it could ultimately end an investigation. Therefore, an interview can either be successful or not, and here are some points displaying the success and improvements that can be done in interviews.
I agree with the statement “the history of a family begins when a person leaves home” . when Chang left rural tradition behind to make a new life for themselves in the city. The old rules no longer apply, traditional education and family values have little or relevance, and new arrivals in the city have to learn fast and adapt quickly in order to survive and prosper in this strange and often hostile new environment. I saw so many changes for people migration to city .
‘The Soundscape’ is a interdisciplinary concept with spanning across multiple fields of inquiry from acoustic ecology,1 to urban and landscape design,2 ethnography, as well as the realm of music and sound arts.