I am currently keeping in touch with AIGA XCD. I had a phone interview with the president, Zelda Harrsion, however, she preferred me to send her the questionnaire and help me to find someone who may speak well to my topic. ( I sent my questionnaire and I am actually waiting for her response) She also said she will refer me to other colleagues that are based in NYC and China. FYI, I have planned to go to Beijing, Shanghai or may be XI'an this Christmas. Zelda has recommended me some galleries and organizations in Beijing, which is a good chance for me to gather as much information as possible.
This week: I need to find more research for me topic at New School research library. Also, I am still trying to reach another NFP, i am having a hard time to schedule a meeting with her (because of her busy schedule). Hopefully, I will able to contact her this week.
NFPs's missions: The AIGA Center for Cross-Cultural Design (AIGA XCD) to foster greater communication between designers across cultures, as well as a better understanding of the interwoven experience of design and culture in our lives.
China Institute in America advances a deeper understanding of China through programs in education, culture, business and art in the belief that cross-cultural understanding strengthens our global community.
My Questionnaire for NFPs
Do you feel that Chinese people are opting for Western design and neglecting their own?
Do you feel product, architecture and interior designs are becoming important in establishing personal identity in China?
Is there any statistical data that shows which provinces in China have the highest rate of Chinese people moving to the urban areas in the past few years?
Where do people usually purchase their home goods, such as furniture.
What kind of style do they usually have or looking for in a typical home.
Are there any elements that China designers think is missing in terms of home design?
What is the style of furniture that China's middle class typically purchase / use in the urban cities?
How do Chinese people feel about locally made products for the Chinese market? Why?
What kinds of products are currently sold that have a strong traditional Chinese aesthetic embedded in them?
How does the Chinese middle class feel about traditional furniture compared to cheaply made mass produced furniture?
Do Chinese people traditional furniture as being antique as opposed to a luxury product?
The Chinese have a strong cultural identity, how do they present it in products that are made for the local market?
Please feel free to comment my questionnaire. I am still trying to dig deeper in order to think of more questions that are related to my topic.