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Sample Photovoice Project Photographs & Captions by Xihe Middle School Students (2005)

Read about this Photovoice project here.

Student 1: Mi Tian 田蜜

Family

The interior of a brick building, a chinese woman is feeding piglets.
喂猪。因为在农村很难有工作的机会,人们就喂一些猪来增加家庭收入。
Feeding the pigs. Since there are few job opportunities in the countryside, people try to earn some income by raising pigs.

Two brick buildings a woman is outside at a washing tub.
洗衣服。在盆子里面洗衣服。因为,虽然社会经济不断发展,但是,农村仍然有一定困难,人们便在井里取水洗衣服。
Hand washing clothes. This woman is hand washing clothes in a large tub. Although the economy has improved, living conditions are still not too good in the countryside. People retrieve water from wells and hand wash their clothes.

Elderly man carrying a small child outside next to agriculture fields.
带孩子的老人。在我们那里,有劳动能力的在秋忙时节就下地劳动,而老了年纪的就在家照看孩子或者看门,他们也发挥自己的作用。
An old man taking care of a child. In our county during the fall, those capable of working engage in hard labor in the fields, while the elderly take care of the children at home. Each plays their part.

School

Two middle school girls sitting outside next to a brick path reading
晨读。同学们都喜欢在这里读书,因为这里环境优美,空气清新,很清静,是读书的好地方,一般大家都在早上上早读可之前在这里读书。我也是。
Reading in the morning. My classmates enjoy reading here because the air is fresh, and it’s peaceful and beautiful. They usually read here prior to the group reading in the classroom, and so do I.

Three girls gathered around a desk doing schoolwork
不耻下问。这两个同学在请教这个同学。这个同学学习非常好,人也很热心,所以同学们有问题的时候都请教她。
One should not feel ashamed to ask questions. These two girls are asking another girl questions. That girl has a high GPA and is very kind. We all consult her when we have academic questions.

The courtyard of a Chinese Middle School, with a garden in the center.
校园鸟瞰图。这是花园里中国地图的形状。
A bird’s-eye view of our campus. The shape in the garden is a map of China.

Community

A Shangluo street after the rain.
菜农归来。这是卖菜的人骑自行车回家,菜好像没有卖完。这是因为下雨了,没有人来买菜,所以他们准备回家。我拍这张照片,因为这些照片都是他们自己种的,然后拿到集市上买,养家糊口。
Vegetable vendors are going home with their little carts. It looks like they haven’t sold all of their vegetables. Perhaps this is because it rained; no one came out to grocery shop, so these vendors are returning home. I took this picture because the vendors grow the vegetables by themselves and then sell them in the market. They are living off of the vegetables.

Street in Shangluo with government buildings on the left.
我国古代的一条官道。这条官道经过人们的改造已经焕然一新,不再有古代的影子。
This was a road for government officials in ancient China. After renovation, it has a brand-new look and doesn’t have any of its old feel.

Construction site with a large stack of bricks on the left and a gravel pile on the right
建房屋的材料。因为以前人们用的建材都是木头和沙子,现在人们已经改变了原先的材料,用的都是砖、水泥和沙子还有混凝土,这样建造的房子不仅美观而且坚固。
Construction material. In the past, people used wood and sand. Now, people are using different materials, namely, bricks, cement, and concrete. Houses made of these materials are beautiful and strong.
 
Student 2: Qian Chen 陈倩

Family

Participants mother in a blue shirt
这是我的妈妈,在我们那里,农村里很少有照相的机会,我想借这次机会给妈妈照相,也表现我对妈妈的感激之情.
This is my mom. In our village there are seldom opportunities to take pictures. I want to take advantage of this opportunity and take a picture of my mom. This is also to show my appreciation to my mom.

Student hanging cloths on a line outside of her home.
这是星期天的时候我自己洗衣服。我在家里经常帮父母干活。妈妈比较忙,我想帮妈妈减轻一点负担,所以自己洗衣服。
This is when I’m washing clothes on a Sunday. I often help my parents with housework back at home. Mom is very busy. I want to help relieve some of my mom’s burden. So I wash clothes myself.

A young girl is outside sitting in a small chair using a larger chair as a desk.  Her father is kneeling next to her.
这张拍的是周末的时候,我的爸爸在给妹妹辅导功课。爸爸也经常给我辅导功课。这张照片能体现出爸爸对工作的认真和对学生的关心。
This picture was taken over the weekend. My dad is helping my little sister with her homework. My dad helps me with my studies as well. This picture shows how seriously my dad works and how much attention he pays to his students. (Note: her dad is a teacher.)

School

Four girls sitting around a yellow table
在物理课上,同学们正在做实验。关于虚像的实验。同学们手里拿的是玻璃片。同学们非常喜欢上物理课。我最喜欢上物理课。因为物理课非常有趣,我们可以通过实验来获取相关的知识。
In physics class, students are working on experiments with virtual images. They are holding some glass plates in their hands. I like physics the most because it’s so interesting, and we can learn by doing experiments.

Two girls filling a thermos with hot water from an outdoor spigot.
大清早的时候,同学们在打水。这是锅炉房,是美国90学社为我们提供的。
Early in the morning, students are getting hot water from the stokehold. This stokehold was sponsored by the 1990 Institute (Note: The 1990 Institute is a U.S.-based NGO that sponsors the education of 1,000 impoverished girls in Shaanxi province through the Spring Bud Program, launched and implemented by the China Children and Teenagers’ Fund).

Six female teachers at a large green desk grading large stacks of assignments
这是老师的办公室。有的老师正在批改作业,还有的老师正在备课,还有的老师正在探讨教学的质量。拍这张照片是因为这能体现出老师坚守岗位,对工作认真负责。
This is the teacher’s office. Some teachers are grading students’ assignments. Some are preparing for their classes. Some teachers are sharing teaching methods and discussing teaching quality. I took this picture because I want to show how responsible teachers are for their positions.

Community

Man on a ladder haning bunches of corn
这是在挂玉米。因为玉米比较多,人们把它去掉壳,编成串,挂在屋檐下晾晒,防止霉变。
This is a picture of hanging corn. There is a lot of corn, so people shell corn, assemble them into bunches, and hang them under the roof to dry. This method prevents corn from going moldy.
Three elderly people rolling a large stone press over red yams.
这是人们在碾山芋,(老师:山芋还挺多的,山芋可以入药,把山芋碾出来,然后把这个皮,可以晾干入药,是不是?)是。
In this picture, people are grinding yams. (Teacher: There’re quite a lot of yams. Yams can be for medical use after dried and ground, right?) Right.

Chinese doctors office
这是在我家乡的一个小诊所里。大夫正在给小女孩。我们那里,以前没有小药铺,要看病都要去县城,现在就方便了,开了这个小诊所。
This is in a small clinic in my home village. The doctor is seeing this little girl. In my home village, we used to have neither clinics nor pharmacy stores. We had to go to towns to see a doctor. Now life is much easier with the opening of this little clinic.
 
Student 3: Tian Sun 孙甜

Home

Two small boys sitting at a small table in a courtyard.
这是弟弟在写作业,这个是邻居的小妹妹。虽然在农村条件不好,学习环境很差,但是孩子们都懂得学习,他们很刻苦。
My younger brother is doing homework. This is someone’s little sister from our neighbor. Although the conditions in villages are not good and the studying environment is actually quite bad, rural children all understand how important it is to study, and they work very hard.

A young girl is washing her hair in a pan of water outside.
洗头。虽然秋收季节大家都很忙,但大家都能抽出时间来搞好个人卫生,说明大家都具有爱美意识。
Washing hair. Although everybody is very busy during harvest season, all of them still find time to take care of personal hygiene. This shows how everybody loves to be hygienic and beautiful.

A woman holding a piglet administering a vaccine to its neck.
打预防针。给猪打预防针。由于经济的发展和科技的发展,人们都可以给动物打针。科学养猪。
This is a picture of a woman giving a vaccine to a pig. With the development of the economy and scientific technology, people can now even give shots to animals. This is what is said about “raising pigs in a scientific way.”

School

School girls in a courtyard around a flag pole as the Chinese flag is raised.
升国旗。一般都在周一升国旗,师生们都在国旗下列队肃立,他们凝望着冉冉上升的国旗,学校通过这个活动,教育我们要热爱祖国,珍惜这些美好幸福的生活,要努力学
习,报效祖国。我也升过国旗。[注:学生被选中去升国旗是一种光荣。一般选择优秀的学生轮流升国旗]
This is the ceremony of raising the national flag. We usually hold this ceremony on Mondays. Teachers and students stand in line under the national flag, watching it slowly rise. Through this event, the school sends the message of patriotism: that we should love our homeland and cherish our happy life. We should study hard and give back to our homeland in the future. I was once selected to raise the national flag. (Note: In Chinese schools, being selected to raise the national flag one of these Monday events is viewed as an honor. Usually top students from the classes are selected in turn to serve in these ceremonies.)

Group of students around a teacher.
辅导。物理老师在给同学辅导。下课后,同学们把课堂上有疑惑的问题拿来问老师,
老师就给他们认真的耐心的讲解,表现了同学们一丝不苟的学习精神。
The physics teacher is helping students with some questions. Students usually bring the puzzles and questions they have during the class to their teachers after class. The teacher is explaining these questions to his students with great patience. This shows how hard students have been working when they seek the truth of the questions.

A man is washing a dish at a large concreat outdoor sink with four basins and spigots.
洗餐具。我拍这照片,因为当同学们走到这里时,会看到节约用水,讲究卫生,这些标语,他们都能够自觉地维护公共卫生,不浪费一滴水。
This picture is about dish washing. I took this picture because every time students walk here, they will see the sign, “Please conserve water” or “Please keep the public sanitation.” They will follow the signs, not waste even a drop of water, and also maintain public sanitation.

Community
A lage plot of land with different piles of recycleable material.
这是垃圾回收站,现在随着人们的环保意识增强,人们把城市和乡村的垃圾都运到这
里,做无公害处理。
This is a garbage recycling place. With increased environmental awareness, all garbage is transported here for “green” disposal.

A recently consturcted multifloor building.
新楼。随着经济的发展,我们丹凤县盖起了许多的高楼大厦,改善了人们的居住条件,现在城镇的一些居民集资起来,合理建筑一些高楼大厦,说明我们丹凤县的规划是很有条理的。
New buildings. With economic development, many tall buildings have been constructed in Danfeng County, and people’s living condition has been improved. Nowadays, residents are raising funds to build more buildings. The planning of our county is quite organized.

Vegetable greenhouse with bamboo supports
大棚。蔬菜大棚。人们为了能在蔬菜贫乏的季节得到新鲜的蔬菜,于是就建起了大棚,里面种起了许许多多的蔬菜,使人们的生活得到调解。
A vegetable greenhouse. Farmers built this greenhouse and planted a variety of vegetables so that people get fresh vegetables during the off season.