Day 26: Service Learning Video Sharing
My experience with Mr. Li Zhi Yuan, thanks to him, has been a very smooth and easy one. We were introduced by the very kind owner of the Golden Flower restaurant, Mr. Yang, on the first day of Service Learning research and he has been a steadfast and vastly interesting partner. We sat with him for the first time a couple of weeks ago and he was helpful and enthusiastic, seemingly very comfortable with being videoed, recorded, and gently interrogated. He has been very good with repeatedly answering the same questions multiple times on tape and always looks happy to see Erica, Orion, and I.
Mr. Li, I learned, is a talented writer with a passion for Mandarin and is intelligent despite his limited education due to his father's passing when he was fifteen. As the eldest of eight children, he had to take on responsibilities as the man of the house, having to search for employment as an adolescent. He has three children and grandchildren older than the three of us in university. Altogether, my experience with Li Zhi Yuan has been an exceedingly pleasant one and I anxiously await his viewing of our groups video.
The feeling of showing Mr. Li his video was relieving, despite the huge amount of anxiety and tension I built within myself. I felt content and weightless, my work was finished and done well. There were minor problems with the video, however already, it was not bad at all. I felt like I had truly done something done in documenting his life and allowing him to open up, especially since he lives alone and probably does not do very much talking in his regular, average day. I will miss Mr. Li tremendously, and I he continues living his life in his educated, bibliophilic manner.