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 Grandma Yang is our Service Learning partner. She is 65 and has 2 sons. She makes little hand embroidery crafts. She say's that life has gotten easier as the generations have gone on. Although her generation had a hard life now her life is fairly easy now. 

Grandma Yang is an elder who has lived a tough life. After school hours she would go to work in the fields. She spent most of her time working. When she was a teen the Cultural Revolution was going on meaning, in school she would learn about Mao's beliefs. Also she would learn the importance of New China, she would study quotes of Mao. During this time the only things she could really learn about is Mao and how to create the "New China." Grandma Yang has 2 sons that do not live with her. She likes her life now and says that she lives a clam peaceful life. 

While talking to Grandma Yang I learned that life can get easier, but for life to get easier one must give life everything they got. Like Grandma Yang did, as a kid she put in the time and effort then when she grew old life became easier for her. I also learned that it is important to live life to the fullest. She said we are lucky; we are born in a good generation where we can grow up to be what we want to be. This made me sure that I wanted to do my dream job, special Ed teacher. 

While talking with Grandma Yang I learned a lot about what it was like to grow up in Xizhou. She talked about school, always learning about Mao. After showing Mr. T our video he said something very interesting that an I would never of thought of. He said that he knows people like her. They grew up during the Cultural Revolution and saw things; they now don't look people in the eyes as much. They also laugh at random things that are not funny and that is what she does. 

As I was talking to Grandma Yang I learned about Xizhou in the 20th century. It was interesting to find out about what Xizhou was like when she was a child and how it has changed as the generations have gone up. She told me about what is like to grow up during the Cultural Revolution. 

For other Microcampus students I would recommend they make connections early on in the trip. I would also recommend filming as early as possible. The last thing aI would recommend is becoming friends with as many locals as possible. This will help because if you are friends with them they ar more likely to let you video them. 

All eyes are focused on my video as I sit watching the audience watch my video. I see everyone’s eyes reading the subtitles. I can see my video in the reflection of people's glasses. I have never watched people watch my video; normally I am watching the video with them. It was interesting to see people smiling at my video as they listened to Grandma Yang. It was interesting to see the whole audience engaged in the project. In school most of the time when I see my project I notice students are not engaged. I like it better here knowing everyone is engaged and listening to the project my group and I made. 

I remember listening to audience laugh as Grandma Yang started to laugh. It was amazing to see everyone in the audience engage and interacting with Grandma Ynag through my video. It was cool to listen and not understand, but I still understood based on what the audience was saying and what the audience was doing. It was cool to see everyone enjoying my video as I enjoyed watching them watch my video. I would love to have the chance to do service learning again because it is a chance to get out in the village and make connections with elders. 

About This Learner

I moved to Shanghai from Michigan almost 2 years ago. Although I miss my friends in America, I love it here. In my free time I play sports. I especially enjoy soccer and rugby. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters. I'm totally the middle child!! One of the things I really enjoy about living in Shanghai is all the vacations and great places I have been. My favorite so far is Boracay, but am excited about New Zealand in December. If I could change one thing about myself I would want to be taller. I am now back in Shanghai. Xizhou It was amazing and was the best 28 days of my life.