Our Service Learning group includes Katie, Jillian, Ying Yang and myself. We decided to have Mr. Hua Zhao as our Service Learning partner. He is 73 years old and is a musician and a singer in the Dongjing band. He did not come to be a musician until his older ages. Mr. Zhao is in a family of five sons, he is the second oldest in the family. Mr. Zhao has gone outside of Xizhou since he was 16. He had to fight for a living in the outside world. He worked as a laborer, construction worker a bronze miner and now a musician.
The 20th Century in China has become clearer to me. I now understand the difficulties there were back then. When stating how much Xihzou has improved since back then we come to realize the great changes that had happened. Back then Xizhou had no electricity. All people wanted to be educated better and become more knowledgeable of the world. Mr. Zhao mentioned of the worst cold and the hunger he had back then. I feel gifted to live in China today and not back. I imagine how hard it must have been to live in the 20th Century.
For future Microcampus students, I would recommend is to keep many possible partners and options open until the end. Certainly one of the more difficult aspects with our group was that we had a partner until we had to change because we lost contact with him. Students should also realize that a special time should be made for Chinese speaker to translate everything for your essay and your movie at the same time. Student have to remember to have lots of contact information for your partner in this process. One of the more difficult things for our group was that we didn't have our partner's contact information and we lost our opportunity.