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When showcasing our video, we were to sit in front of the audience instead of with them. This is for us to be able to observe the reactions of the crowd, and more importantly, the reactions of our service learning partner. The audience this time was huge: a lot of the Linden Commons guests, SAS visitors, Mr. and Mrs.

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago

Mr. Yang, our service learning partner is 67 years old. He currently lives alone and makes money by being a mechanic fixing things like watches, bikes, and other electronics. The video above is made by Dora, Becky, Pepijn, and Claire. 

Mr. Yang has a wife who lives at Si Fang Jie making Erkuai (饵块), and his son currently works at the Dali airport. He has a granddaughter who is nine years old, and he also has two older brothers, two older sisters, and a younger sister. Mr. Yang lives near Bao Cheng Fu, which is also the place where he works. 

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It was a long day after preparing final and last-minute preparations in the morning, from burning DVDs to visiting our service-learning partner, Ms. Qin. Furthermore, the venue had changed, further complicating the already busy day. We arrived at Bao Chen Fu (the third site of the Linden Centre) and we helped our service-learning partner sit down. We watched one groups' video before standing up and arising to the stage. I was quite nervous before the event, though when I was currently there, there seemed to be no reason to be nervous.

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The day was spent indoors so perfectly, as if created to serve this purpose. Perhaps the burden was meant to be carried inside, and all the screaming and frustration meant to be kept inside, to avoid inconvenience for any other. 

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Today, the 4 groups shared their Service Learning video in front of Linden Center staffs, Linden Center guests, and the 4 of our Service Learning partners at the Linden Commons, Bao Cheng Fu.

We went to escort our Service Learning partners. Our partner is Zhang nainai and she is not from XIzhou.

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The rain poured more often these days, with stronger velocity and strength, crushing the canola field under its ruthless crashing. Yet through the fields, below roofs, men and women still stood, dressed in a generic red and gold, taking wedding photos that perhaps they thought was more romantic under the rain, but from a stranger's eyes, it was just two fools and a cameraman on the side, stroking his stubbly beard that wavers on the edge of disappearance. 

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Today, our group completed our Service Learning video and we handed it into Mr. T for some Pearls of Wisdom. He generally seemed very happy with our group and seemed very pleased with our video as well. There were some little things that we had to change, but all in all, we did a good job and I am so proud of our group. We all worked very hard to make this project work and I am so excited for the showcase tomorrow because then other people will be able to see the work we've done and it will be a very good thank-you message for the community of Xizhou. 

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After Mr.T's Pearls of Wisdom, supporting teach check, then once again Mr.T's Pearls of Wisdom, comes to an end of service learning video making and editing. Tomorrow will be service learning sharing our findings with the community and saying a big thank for 'hosting' us for 28 days. As we are wrapping up for inquiry project and service learning, we appreciate all the members in this community not only the ones that helped us through the projects but also the ones that were behind the scenes, thank all our Yang Zhuo Ran participants, and our Xizhou community. 

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"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all love of what you are doing or learning to do." - Pele

Today was the last project work day. Although most of us probably did not want to keep working for the whole day, we did. We worked hard and used perseverance to stay on task. Throughout the 3 checks for our Service Learning videos, we learned and learned. We studied Chinese beforehand to be able to translate the video. We sacrificed free time to make our video the best we possibly could. 

Updated 4 months 2 weeks ago
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Hello! I will be spending 28 days in a village called Xizhou, Yunnan, a province in China. I am currently still in Shanghai, and just selected a topic I would want to investigate more about. I was only interested in these three topics: love and marriage, religious studies, and local spirits/stories/legends. I did not struggle in trying to narrow my selections to 3-5 choices, but instead, I struggled on narrowing these three topics to one.
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Today was day 25, and I had a bad mood. First of all, I couldn't go out for wellness. The work took more time than we thought nobody wanted to go out. Today was the last day of wellness, and I couldn't enjoy the perfect weather. Second, it was lonely. Since I had some conflicts with friends, I did not have anybody to talk with. It was really disappointing myself of how bad I was at maintaining a good relationship with my friends. The more the day passes, it seems like I get see the flaws and big problems of our group. I think negatively and cannot be enthusiastic about my work anymore.

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At 10:10 pm last night, I heard a sudden rush of water flowing in the water pipes in my room. I sat up straight almost immediately and turned the knob of the faucet in the bathroom. Out came a steady stream of water that was absent for the past two days. WATER IS BACK! Yesterday, our host Yang Zhuo Ran ran out of water due to the electricity outage. Because of our high elevation in terms of the area in Xizhou, we were the last ones to run out of the water but also the last ones to retrieve it when there was an outage. It was only until last night that I found that this is a big problem.

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Throughout the first 22 days of being in Xizhou, nothing has gone terribly wrong apart from some less meaningful days with less meaningful conversations, either because they did not have time or simply did not want to have a 13-year-old bother their somewhat perfect afternoon. But the past two days had been quite disastrous. On day 23 of Microcampus, we did not have any electricity, no lights, no charging, no wifi.

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Today was the first day that I am fourteen. Turning fourteen in Microcamous is a really nice experience. Walking out of my room in the morning and everyone in the morning said happy birthday for me. Walking to breakfast I got two amazing cards from my Microcampus family. The cards I got showed how close I have become with all the Microcampus students. Especially a few students that I barely knew before I now consider as really good friends.