After creating the project proposal last week I went and met with Dr. Fernsebner because I still had some issues deciding if my topics had enough translated information on them.
One of the ideas I originally had was to explore the ways that the rural population of China experienced the Cultural Revolution. I had a feeling that actual accounts on this topic may be difficult to find in translation. When discussing with Dr. Fernsebner she suggested that if I wanted to try to pursue this topic I should look into the visual culture of the time period for other sources that would have been in the village. Also that I should consider what did the Cultural Revolution look like from the ground up?
So far then in my research I mostly have been looking into finding primary and secondary sources about either Cultural Revolution or post Cultural Revolution village reforms. This has included looking into posters on village life during the Cultural Revolution era. Other sources I have considered using are memoirs from those sent down to the villages during this period. Even though most of these memoirs are from individuals who started life in urban spheres there experiences in rural areas could have some potentially important details.
The more research I have done the more I am trying to get a better sense of where my analysis should start and end. Originally I was going to cover just the official dates of the Cultural Revolution. Now though I want to include the years after to hopefully get a better and clearer image of how the Cultural Revolution had a long term impact on village life and community.
Before turning in the final proposal then I still need to make firm decisions on the years I will be analyzing, the type of sources I will include, and specifics on how and when urban perspective can be useful.