My Service Learning partner was Mr. Yang. I hope you enjoy his story.
Research notes from March/April 2012:
- What should I call you?
- How old are you?
- How many children do you have?
3 in Xiaguan (past dali old town)
- As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
there were a lot, but there weren't a lot of opportunities to study. Playing instrument. Ming zu instruments.. When he was my age, he'd never be able to eat as much as he wanted, and winters were extremely hard. There were a lot of natural disasters, and 2 thirds of my life was spent starving.
- What was the time of your life that you most enjoyed?
Playing instruments in hospitals, like talking to myself about my feelings. Plays the flute, the Er hu, plays the Ukelele, (taught himself).
- How did you meet your significant other (or best friend) in your life?
Not safe to have best friend.
- What would you like to change about your life?
- What has changed in Xizhou/China/the World since you were my age?
huge change, no child will starve, and everyone is equal.
What is your job at the Linden Centre?
Greets people, shows them around.
How long have you been working here?
Loves the job here
Local, lives here, known the people here for 6 years
Started out as a guard here when the linden center was being renovated.
A big brother, little sister
Met a lot of people who were extremely nice, well mannered people
what other jobs have you had?
So many that he can barely think of any. "I've had so many memories that this old mind can barely remember them all.
wife passed away early
the most important part of his life was work, and when he goes home, he still has to work at the bean farm.
farming started at 16
(wen hua da ge ming)
Do you remember the cultural revolution?
He was a student, and barely remembers it.
Do you remember what life was like as a child?