Day 26: Service Learning Showing

As we brought Mr. Yang into Yangzhuoran, he was excited to see the other Mr. Yang (a Service Learning partner from the other group) being welcomed in. He told us that he recognized him, and his family used to be landlords. As we brought him into Classroom 1 for the showing, he sat by the door since he is uncomfortable with large crowds and tight humid areas. He sat by Mr. Yang and they discussed architecture, tea, and life around Xizhou. When the showing came, Jason and I were nervous since we were scared that he would be dissatisfied with our poor interpretations.
 
As our video began to play, we both paid close attention to Mr. Yang's expression. It was quite difficult to read his expression since he tends to be a reserved with his ideas in public. At some points of the film, we noticed that he was mouthing something, it was difficult to tell what. His eyes seemed to light up when he first heard his voice. Aside from those, his face seems to remain the same throughout the video. After the video, we asked for his opinions, and he just said that he was glad for us to share his story and that he would like anything we made. As we walked him back to his house, he told us more stories of his childhood and of the Cultural Revolution privately. This was because he does not like sharing strong political opinions to the public. 
 
I am Audrey T, an 8th grader from Shanghai American School. I have returned from a 28 day trip to Xizhou, and it was a wonderful experience! I will never forget the friendly locals and the stunning view. Special thanks to Mr. T and Ms. Mai for making this wonderful trip happen!