Day 26: Final Video
When the day finally arrived, I was nervous for multiple reasons. We were not sure if Mr. Yang would be able to come, because according to his family members he was not feeling too great. We later learned that he was battling a very serious disease and has low blood pressure. In the morning, my service learning group and I went to Mr. Yang's house to give him a gift, a box of tea. However, he was not there and we tried to give it to his wife, but she also refused. We ended up heading back to Yangzhuoran and prepping for the showing. In the afternoon, we went back to his house with some fruits and the tea (again), but he refused and even said that he would not come if we gave him the fruits. We ended up carrying the fruits back to Yangzhuoran and successfully brought Mr. Yang there.
We had a lot of fun showing Mr. Yang around our home and meeting Audrey and Jason's partner. At first, I was really nervous that Mr. Yang might not like our video, but as I watched his facial expressions and body language, I wasn't as nervous. He seemed to really enjoy the part where we were talking about his family and grandchildren, which I was very happy about. I was really nervous about the Cultural Revolution segment because he mentioned to us that he did not like saying things about the government while being recorded. However, but he was smiling in the end. It was interesting to compare how I thought Mr. Yang would react to a certain scene and how Mr. Yang actually reacted. I am very happy that Mr. Yang enjoyed it and I think we met the goal of telling a person's story.