The man who was willing to share his story with us is called Wang Ye Ye. He is an 82-year-old man and is still working hard. Even though he is retired he helps his daughter in law at a Xizhou Baba shop in one of the alleyways of Si Fang Jie.
Something I learned from talking to Mr. Wang is that there is always something interesting to learn about other people, and even if they say they have a normal life, there is always something behind them that is interesting to share. At first, he was not open to talking and seemed shy, but after many visits to his shop he opened to us and shared an amazing story with us He gave us advice on how to follow school and then pick a job that we would want to work for and want to continue.
I learned a lot more about the Cultural Revolution. I learned about different views, and what people think about it. Our partner told us many things that happened during that time period of great difficulties. He told us about his job and how his boss would send him every time there was an order that needed to be sent or collected.
As I stated before, I learned a lot about the Cultural Revolution.
We shared our service learning video with our partner today. The other group's partner, other elderly's from the village, people who work in the Linden Center and many other people were invited to the sharing today. When it was our turn, my group and I went to the front of the room and introduced ourselves. We watched Wang Ye Ye and observed his facial expressions while he was watching the video. During the whole video, he paid attention to the video and listened closely to what he was saying. Around the middle, there is a part where he mentions the Cultural Revolution, and he mentions that every time there was an order that needed to be sent, his boss would send him. When we arrived at that part of the video, he smiled and looked proud. At the end of the video, Wang Ye Ye clapped and smiled and then when he looked at us he seemed to be happy. When we walked him back to his shop, we stopped at his house as he wanted to show us it. We then dropped him off and he said he was really happy and really liked the video.
I think that the most important lesson, is to find someone who is very interesting and someone who has a great story to share. Another thing is to make sure that you have many possibilities becuase you never know what people are going to say. Either someone has already been a service-learning partner, or doesn't want to be filmed or their families do not agree. You never know and it is better to have more than enough. The last thing is to make the most of it, and the end result is so much more than what you expected. All the hard work during the whole time you have to make the video pays off in the end.