I guess this visit by Zhang Lijia was pretty interesting. She answered questions that students asked and was pretty truthful about things. I liked some of the quality of things that she said. She seemed more international and open when talking which was nice. I enjoyed how she was quite positive, that always puts people in a good mood. Apart from that, several ideas she said about the world was interesting. Her aspect on things didn’t seem so biased, from my point of view anyway. I like this type of talk more because you don’t need to worry that much about what you say, and it’s easy to think about the world as a whole.
I’ll be honest, I was not looking forward to Zhang Li Jia coming into school. I’ve had group discussions with authors before, and always been left thoroughly bored and they’ve not had much impact on me. However, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Zhang Li Jia’s answers and her telling of parts of her life. I liked the fact she was a strong independent woman, who had worked hard to get where she was and appreciated it. She didn’t seem to take what she’d achieved as anything out of the ordinary, she just seemed happy that people wanted to read her story and talk to her. She didn’t get in the slightest bit offended when i asked her if she’d lied in her memoirs, and she replied with a nice insight into her beliefs. I enjoyed that she didnt believe there was a point to lying and that, when asked if she had any advice, she said to read and to keep going.
Over all I loved Zhang Li Jia’s visit to Dulwich Suzhou 🙂
Before she came to our school to give the speech, I did some research on her and watched her speech online at the TEDx Talk she gave in Beijing. She is really interesting and has a world of experience that most people only hear about and never even dream of living. I find it really amazing that she has the motivation to go through all that and still have such a bubbly personality. I had a lot that I would have liked to ask her if I had the time. I read some of her articles, and realized that she writes a lot on morality and economical development of a country and the effects to the morality of the people in the country.
In one of her articles for the Guardian, she talked about the two year old getting run over by the two vans and nobody came to rescue her. I find it quite hard to believe that nobody felt like saving her. But at the same time, I understand the consequences of helping her and the people there know from past experience that sometimes the hero gets blamed for doing the bad thing but they were only trying to help. I think that the title of the article is ambiguous because it was only 18 passerbys and they shouldn’t be generalized to the whole population of China because I have met many Chinese people that are very nice.