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audrey02pd2021's picture

For Service Learning, Jason and I visited Mr. Yang again, and he told us some interesting stories. We found him by his usual spot in Chengdong, and he invited us into his house. He was really open about his life and told us a lot about his family, especially his grandson. Although we have met and chatted with him couple times already, we were still very surprised by his hospitality and how welcoming he was to us.

marco01pd2021's picture

As the sky finally cleared today, my group decided to find Service Learning partners for the first time since Sunday. Though the partners that we found on Sunday were not there, we found two other, very friendly women. The first, Yang Nainai, was very open to us and asked us multiple questions as well. When we played a previous Service Learning video to her, many of her friends also came by to see what we were up to.

jason01pd2021's picture

A multitude of things happened today. Firstly, we are starting our final phase of the Inquiry Project: Final Product: Reporting and Reflecting. This is definitely something that I am incredibly eager to do. I am not saying that the Inquiry Project was not fun, we are just ending it; and because we are ending it, we must finish strong. Another thing that happened today was that it stopped raining. After five straight days of cold and constant rain, we were blessed by sunshine and warmth.

audrey02pd2021's picture

The day started off full of promises. The reason I am saying this is because of today, it finally stopped raining. Or so we thought. When we completed our Phase 4 work today, we were all really excited because we finally get to go outside to do wellness again. But when we left the classroom, it began to drizzle. Disappointed, we spent the rest of WIPPIS time in Yangzhouran.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today, we started and finished our Phase 4 work! We are officially done with field work and we now have to focus on our service learning videos and our final product. This week is also our final week of SAS Essentials, and we're all done with most of the work assigned to us. The only one left is science, which is pretty straightforward to do.

marco01pd2021's picture

Today was a pretty productive day, even though it broke the usual WIPPIS schedule in that all of us did Inquiry work at the same time. After being given instructions and explanations by Mr. T, I worked at a breakneck speed, I finished Phase 4 of my Inquiry Project today. This involved a synthesis of my Phase 3 information into a coherent outline for my final product. I look forward to seeing a completed Inquiry Project. 

jason01pd2021's picture

Our Inquiry Projects are rapidly nearing the end. Today was the day that we started and completed Phase 4 of our Inquiry Project, and after that is the Final Product. The Final Product is something that I am eagerly waiting to do and I have several ideas in mind for what I am going to do. I have written my guide for what I am going to do in my Phase 4. Also, today is the very first day for Inquiry Project work where we did not have to sign up for teacher support.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today's weather was still pretty rainy and cold. It was really hard to crawl out of my warm covers and into the frigid air. During lunch, we went to a small restaurant (in the direction of the Linden Center). I tried a new dish, called rou jia mo. It was basically minced up meat in a Xizhou Baba like bread. It was really hot and it was extremely delicious. After lunch, we got some lemon popcicles and rose buns which were both extremely delicious. I was so stuffed by the end of it, but it was an amazing experience. In the afternoon, I organized my Phase 3 and headed out to Mr.

audrey02pd2021's picture

Ever since we came to Xizhou, we have been working on research for our Inquiry Project, which is evident in Phase 3. However, the research has come to an end. Just today we finished adding some final touches to our Phase 3 work. As my final teacher support opportunity, I visited Mr. Zhu's antique store again. There, he showed me photographs of portraits from the Qing dynasty, which were really interesting.

mia01pd2021's picture

Throughout the past two-and-a-half weeks, I have been working on my Inquiry Project work for Phase 3. Specifically speaking, I was studying the topic of Body Language, and how it plays into the differences between locals and tourists. I met some incredible people throughout this journey, as well as some that were not as welcoming. However, the good side of my research definetely outweighs the bad.

jason01pd2021's picture

Today was a rollercoaster of emotions, again. Firstly, we are on our third week of Microcampus. Who knew that time could fly by so quickly. Not only are we on our third week of Microcampus, but we are finished with Phase 3 as well! After Phase 3, we can begin to go on to Phase 4 of our Inquiry Project, and from there, our final product. Another thing that happened to me today was the daily video shoutout (be sure to check it out here).

marco01pd2021's picture

Today, I completed Phase 3 of my Inquiry Project. After multiple conversations with different, friendly people around town, I noted down all of their observations and personal experiences of government propaganda, whether contemporary or from the Maoist days. I was completely surprised both by how much I learned from them and how much I already knew about this topic.

audrey02pd2021's picture

During teacher support, I visited Zhao Nainai, an elder who embroiders for local stands to sell. We visited her in her courtyard, which, with many others, are shared with other families. She was really kind and showed me some of her work in progress: a 绣花球 and children's shoes. The embroidered ball were extremely detailed, with 牡丹,桃花,and 菊花. I was surprised, since I saw smaller embroidered balls being selled by Sifangjie.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today began the first day of our third week. We started off our day early, waking up at 6:30 to do our laundry. I am not exactly a morning person, so it took me a pretty long time wake up. Today was a rainy day (similar to the weather in Shanghai) and it was freezing. I could not wear my sweatpants because they were in the wash, and I did not want to put on jeans, so I decided to go out in my fashionable P.E shorts.

jason01pd2021's picture

Today, there was rain, and although not heavy rain, it was constant. It kept drizzling, and it was only enhanced by the low temperatures (low tens). Today was definitely something that I am not going to forget, and that is because from day one of Microcampus to now, day 17, it has been incredibly warm, sunny, and dry out. Today was something completely unexpected, and it has stayed like this for six hours already. Then, Mr.

mia01pd2021's picture

One of the best parts of Microcampus is being given the trust and opportunity to eat out with our friends. It is incredible because it is not something we get to do in Shanghai, or during China Alive. Besides the obvious delcious food we get to eat, it serves as a chance for us to make connections with different restaurant owners or snack vendors. For example, the vendor who sells rose buns, has gotten to know Debbie and I well, as we go there everyday. She told us to call her Ms.

marco01pd2021's picture

Over the past two weeks, the weather has been comfortingly warm the entire time. Even when it was raining - even in yesterday's thunderstorm, the temperature did not dip below 17°C. Why would it? There is little wind here to drive the warmth away and insulation from the nearby mountains. Yet today, we stepped back to temperatures of February, perhaps even January, after continuous rain all of last night, and we learned to appreciate our jackets and warm socks.

debbie01pd2021's picture

Today was a pretty chill day. I slept in until 8:30 (which felt amazing, by the way) and ate a hearty breakfast. We did our wellness reflection, a quick check in, and went off to lunch. In the afternoon, Marco, Mia and I went over to Chengdong, the village right next to ours to look for potential Service Learning partners. We ended meeting a man that Mia had seen before, called Mr. Yang.

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