A Sunday to catch up with China

This is probably the first Sunday for a long time that I spent the whole day inside, watching episode after episode of a Chinese talk show – A Meeting With Lu Yu (鲁豫有约), in which the show hostess interviews people from all lines of work. Many are public figures – movie stars, successful business people. There are also a fair amount of ordinary people. By listening to their stories, I suddenly felt how wide my 10-year knowledge gap is. Here are a few stories.

Two college graduates quit their office job and started a business – making and selling tofu.

A farmer adopted a abandoned baby who he picked up on the train. The boy was born to a Chinese mother and a foreign father, and was deaf. Over 17 years, the farmer and his family sacrificed almost everything – their own comfortable life, he and his wives’ health, and worst of all his three daughters’ education – to bring up this baby.

A young woman in her 20s opened a primary school to teach and take care of the “left-home kids”. In this nation-wide economic evolution, many parents left their youngsters back at home while they went to bigger cities looking for higher-paid jobs. From 30 students at the beginning, she now has over 300. Her mom cooks for the kids. Her grandma grows vegetables for the school. She was deeply in debt and once thought about closing down. In the morning she sent all the kids home. After lunch she came back to the school, all the students were sitting in the classroom waiting for their teachers.

An interview with Li Ao, a Taiwanese writer and thinker.

An editor turned into a collector, who opened and managed the first profitable private museum in China.

After listening their stories and many others, I thought:
a) The best usage of money is not judged by how happy it makes you feel, it is judged by how much people benefit from the spend of it.
b) The only way to success is to do what you feel passionate about. And no matter what that passion is, you will succeed in it and enjoy every minute doing it.

The world is full of wonderful stories and amazing people like these. Why should our main media be obsessed with a few stars, and especially their peculiar and sometimes bad behaviors?

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