Day 22: Education

Today my service learning group and I went to Mr. Yang, the Sifangjie antique dealer's house and interviewed his uncle. At first, the answeres were awkward and didn't give too much insight on what we were looking for. However, as the conversation progressed, he gradually opened up and gave us deeper, and deeper understandings of his role as a teacher, education in Xizhou, and how the way the villagers care so much about education really makes him love Xizhou. I think that we have found an amazing partner, and our group has already decided to focus in the topic of education in Xizhou.

For Inquiry projects, I held a long conversation with Mr. T today over lunch. I gave him my thoughts on how I should proceed with the project, and he gave his input. Now I have a better understanding of what to do, and how I can effectively create large impact on the viewers. I hope that I'll be able to finish this, but that means I need to get to work right away! For those of you wondering what it may be about, the title image is a small piece of what I've done.

Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.