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This project explores the political emotions of Chinese international students in the US, with mainly participatory action research, visual methods, and interviews. Chapter one unfolds the politics of drawing as a method of fieldwork. Drawing as a process instead of a product evokes memories and connections/contrast among memories that are otherwise inaccessible; it diffuses the constructed power dynamic between the researcher and the interlocutor and creates special social roles and relationships that help both to get a better understanding of each other; and drawing in the context of social activism is a safer way to do the documentation. Chapter two centers on loneliness as political emotion which is also an attempt of political participation in a safer and more disguised way. Chapter three explores the blurred line in activism and between activism and research. I discussed how the idea of activism and the way it appears in everyday lives are in fact in motion rather than fixed, and the experiences of being a researcher and activist at the same time.
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He, Ziyue, "DRAWING THE LIFE STORY: The political emotion of the Chinese international students in the US" (2023). Senior Projects Spring 2023. 61.
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