The focus of the service learning project is to connect with an elder 60 years of age or older and preserve his or her life story. Our group's shared workspace can be found here.
We read some articles from the That's Shanghai magazine to get a better sense of how to partner with elders, specifically about Chen Tingtao, Qian Yaqing, Wu Peikun, Li Yaofeng, and Ge Yuqun. Our group found that the interviewer must have asked these questions:
- How do you feel about the changes that have taken place during your lifetime?
- Did your family go through hardship during the Cultural Revolution and Japanese Occupation?
- What are some big changes that have influenced your surroundings and lives?
- Where and what do you buy with the money that you earn?
After more than a week in Xizhou, we have discovered more about how to interact with elders. Friendly, outgoing, respectful, informative, and helpful are only some of the good characteristics for elderly that would be a great person to communicate and learn with. We decided on these because we thought that they would be great describers for a positive elder that could be very helpful in terms of our service learning project. Other favorable aspects could be that they understand and speak the Mandarin dialect. That way we can ask questions, as well as receive supportive feedback and information that can help us get our project going.
Our Service Learning projects were canceled due to a power outage on Monday. Apologies for any inconveniences caused, but future Microcampus students can find contact details for our (almost) Service Learning in Nicole's workspace.