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Mr. Yang is one of nine kids. He is one of the children that is still living today. By the time he was 7 or 8 years old, only him and two older brothers were still living. Mr. Yang is an advocate for preservation of Bai culture. One thing that stood out to me was that he is very passionate about investigating and learning about Bai Culture. Various TV. stations have asked him to go and talk about his work. He showed us a bunch of video clips that have been broadcasted on the news. He taught me that life during the revolution was very bad. He did not elaborate that much on that topic so we did not want to push more out of him. When I watched him view the video we made, I was very happy. He looked very shy at the start when he was playing erhu but then he was very happy. Afterwards, we met downstairs to take him back home. He said that our video was the best out of all the videos. I was very glad that he was able to come to see the video. He seemed very happy with our efforts to share his story. Once again I would like  to thank Mr. Yang for being very kind and good to our group. I really appreciate him helping us and being our service learning partner. Scroll up to the top of the page or click here to view our Service Learning video.

Recommendations

One piece of advice our group has for future Microcampus students is to start getting contacts earlier. This will help you be able to have a plan A, B, C, D, E and F. Also, it is helpful to start filming as soon as possible, unlike our group did. We had gotten turned down many times and we had to film all in one day. A final tip is to be nice to everyone so you have many options to go back to. A little smile and wave goes a long way. 

About This Learner

I am a Moroccan-American. I have an older brother in 12th grade and a younger one in 6th, I also have a cute little toy poodle dog. This is my 5th year in Shanghai American School. I moved from Illinois to here in fourth grade and now I am in 8th grade. I was in Xizhou for Microcampus and am very happy that I got the chance to work with my group for a month. I came in the Nutty Narwhals group on November and we made our departure on December 11, 2015. I will miss XiZhou and the nice people in it. This is an unforgettable month.