Day 26: Service Learning Reflection
Our service learning partner is Mr. Yang who was an advocate for preservation of Bai culture. One thing I learned about Mr. Yang was that he was and still is very passionate about Bai culture. He had been on many T.V shows and news casts who were interested in his life and what he does. Something Mr. Yang told us about Chinese history was that life during the Cultural Revolution was very difficult. He did not elaborate much because the topic was not important to him. While talking with Mr. Yang, he did not really discuss about Xizhous history. Watching Mr. Yang watch our video, was a lot different then I had expected. In the beginning, when he was singing and playing his instrument, he seemed very proud and giddy. Later, when we were asking questions and he was listening to his voice, it seemed like he lost some of his giddiness. I saw that he was a little teary-eyed which really touched me. After the video, he said ours was the best and that he was very glad that we met each other. We took some photos together and overall I am just really happy that I could share this experience with Mr. Yang. We told him that we were leaving soon and he said that his house will always be open for us to come back and visit him. There are many recommendations I have for the future microcampus students. First, find a service learning as soon as possible. It took us the whole week to find someone who was willing to be our partner. We had gone through more than 5 people until we finally met Mr. Yang. Next, always have a back up plan. We were set on one nice lady named Yang nai nai. She then told us she was sick and she could not be our partner. We then met Mr. Zhang who was happy to be our partner but said he was too busy. It really helped when we had a plan A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.