Our service learning partner was Mrs. Qin, who is currently 58 years old. She owns a small store by the highway and sells small antiques.
Throughout this experience, I learned that in her village, many people fell into the lake, but only five people were fished out. She was very scared, and everything was chaos back then. It was all one party fighting another, and the fighting would not stop for many years.
Xizhou then was very chaotic, and the parties would not stop fighting each other. People were beaten to death, and people had no choice but to listen to Chairman Mao. Many people starved to death, if not almost dead.
I learned that 20th Century China would worship Chairman Mao, and people would do anything he said to do, even if it is dangerous and only good for him. People were starving, but Chairman Mao did not seem to care or did anything to stop or help fix the problem.
I was really nervous to see what people's reactions are to our service learning video, but in the end, it was really successful. People seemed like they were enjoying it, and I actually enjoyed seeing people's reactions to our video. I thought that people would have black faces when watching, but then had really pleasant faces and happy faces.
When I saw my partner rocking her legs, it was as if she was back in her childhood again, even if it was not very pleasant. She kept talking with her cousin, who was also a service learning partner. She had a smile on her face the entire time, and she looked very happy. It made me feel proud that she enjoyed our video, and was our service learning video.
I recommend future Microcampus students who will be involved in a Service Learning project to make lots of connections, in case someone does not want to participate. Also, when approaching someone, be sure to be cautious and not pounce onto them straight away. Make some small talk, and be familiar with what they do.