A: The idea was China is a much more diverse place than people really realize. There's 120 million people who are classified as minorities (non-Han Chinese). The things that are written about them are usually scholarly works about one group.
So we spent this time in China wanting to get more of an idea of what China was like, these people we knew nothing about. The idea was to get out there, to get to the villages and towns especially, and to get to meet these people. To see what their lives were like, to see how changes were affecting them, what their relationships were with the government, what their relationships were with other minorities. And we heard a lot of good stories along the way.
Q: How long was your trek?
A: The trek was about four months, and it was all on buses and trains and occasionally a taxi. We covered about 14,000 miles. But I've lived in China about three years, and Jacob's lived there a couple years too.