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Thu Pham'12 (media & performance, economics & management)

"Classical Theater in China"

Location: Beijing, China

[Thu Chinese Opera Image]Thu traveled to Beijing to originally focus on politics and the media, but found too many barriers to completing this research.  She quickly shifted her focus to the Chinese opera performances (right) which were widely available to her and which provided her with a window for studying the interaction between performer and audience in China.   Thu attended three performances a week, interviewed local people near her hostel, and practiced her Chinese language skills, gathering information that would become the focus of her senior thesis.  Upon her return, Thu assisted in the visit of the Qi Shu Fang Opera company on the Beloit College campus (pictured below), furthering her engagement with the art form.  She plans on presenting her senior thesis at the 2011 International Symposium.[Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company]