Observations in Tibet

I planned to do my interviews in Sichuan Province, but due to the pressures from local governments officials and the flood in the Yi region, I had to choose a new research site. The new spot I picked up was Lhasa. The situation faced by the Tibetan people are really similar to that faced by the Yi people. Both are ethnic minority groups in China, and both had their own written language and religion. Furthermore, both groups are located in rural and less developed regions in China.

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Summer is over but my work isn’t

I can’t believe my summer filled with LGBT alums and microfilm readers has come to an end. I have six oral history interviews completed for Swem Special Collections but many more people are still interested in being interviewed and contributing to this collection. As part of my work as a researcher for the W&M Mattachine Project during the semester, I will continue to conduct these interviews for anyone that is willing. I began my TA position with Prof. Leisa Meyers’s “Intro to LGBTIQ History” course and will also teach this new batch of historians about oral histories and my findings. Be on the lookout for the Boswell Lecture over Homecoming Weekend! I will be presenting my summer research and work with the W&M Mattachine Project as part of the lecture series to open for main speaker E. Patrick Johnson. Also check out all of my interviews when they become available through Swem Special Collections later this semester!

Blog Post 5: 8/26/2016 – Coming to a Close: Marsh Deep and Turtle Happy – Hunting Island State Park

Hi everyone,

Though I still have another week of research, I’m on the tail end of my journey and I wanted to leave you with some concluding remarks. If daily crab trap numbers continue with a similar pattern, we’re looking at over 500 blue crabs … that’s a lot of crabs, majority of which are male. You could count the number of females on one hand. Without taking a close look at the data (not yet a complete set) my initial speculation and observation from hauling them out and measuring each day is that crab pots without a BRD (the control) catches the largest (in terms of width), and the most number wise in a single pot. Those fitted with the VA BRD and SC BRD seem comparable in terms of number of crabs caught, though the VA BRD takes the (crab)cake in terms of size. Because we don’t yet have a full data set, I can’t say for sure, but as we originally hypothesized that the Virginia BRD will keep out the most turtles while allowing the largest blue crabs and so as not to hurt the crabbing industry, I think this will follow through.

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