Day 18: Footage

Yesterday was a fabulous day, where we were able to make a lot of progress with our service learning partner. Despite the complications and hardships, I managed to coordinate all four members and three of us successfully left Yangzhuoran at 12:35, meeting with the fourth member, who ate out, at Sifangjie at 12:42. By 12:50, we arrived at Yang NaiNai's place and set up our camera shooting. At the time, only Yang NaiNai's daughter was at the stall, sewing the tie-dye. At 1:00 exactly, Yang NaiNai came and was super excited about our first shooting. In fact, she put on one of her most formal dressings and, according to her daughter, took a lot of time choosing her clothes!

The filming was fairly successful. At first, there were loud pedestrains near the intersection and vrooming motorcycles swooshing past us. It created a lot of background noise that would hamper our progress. I decided to watch out on the road while Ethan Z., another fluent Chinese speaker in our group, handled the conversation slash Q&A. In the end, we had 30 minutes of footage and we are currently cutting it down to the useful parts!

Today, the first sense of pressure is surrounding us in every corner. Silent but abrupt footsteps. The thunderous and rainy weather. Cacophony in the courtyard. Dry toning of the chirping birds. Today, Phase 3 is due and we have our last field research! Although I am prepared (or seemingly prepared), I am still very nervous about my Phase 3 as a whole. I definitely learned a lot about antiques and the Tea Horse Road, as well as aspects of mass tourism, commercialization and globalization. I never expected to receive so many things on this trip! In the meantime, I feel like time at Microcampus is actually flying by. We are almost at the end of March, and we leave at April 6th! Sigh.

At least I have Mr. T's All star wizbank super duper trivia night. Hope us good luck!

Hey I am Clark! Microcampus has been a spectacular experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. This experience transformed me and taught me many life lessons. Now that I am in Shanghai, I miss the clear skies, the amazing food, and all the loving memories the Voyagers crew had together. To future Microcampus students: cherish your time in Xizhou and always listen to Mr. T and Ms. Mai, as they are trying to stop a problem before it becomes one.