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After the villagers began warming to him, their support made it much easier for Qin to get things done around town. His first major achievement, the construction of a water conservatory facility for villagers, came at the end of his first six months on the job.
The milestone project has since vastly improved conditions for the farming community during the dry season - when irrigation troubles cause some of the worst harvests and have typically made for some very tough economic times for villagers in the past two decades. Other notable figures have also expressed gratitude for his work. Among them is the town's village secretary, Hu Chuanjia.
"I've been a village official for decades, but I haven't been able to fix the irrigation system for our village," he said. "Qin did this and I admire all that he has done for us."
The result for Qin, who has since carried out a number of other projects to help the community, is that he no longer hurries past villagers giving him the cold shoulder. In fact, he can hardly make it through town without someone slipping him a handful of eggs, cooking oil or some other token of appreciation. And nowadays, Qin is commonly the go-to for villagers in need of help, whether it be a problem as small as a broken water-heater or a farmer looking for an extra set of hands.
"I never expected to have the chance to do so many things or learn from so many people," he said. "But I did."
"As long as you want to change society for the better, and you have the will to do it and not give up, you can do almost anything - empty talk leads nowhere," he said, adding that he encourages more educated youth to take a similar grassroots approach to help people across the country.
Yet despite all of his accomplishments in the village, Qin said that he is most proud of being appointed as a deputy to the People's Congress last year. In his electoral district, 85 percent of the 3,547 voters circled his name.
"The voters supported me and this shows how much they trust me," he said. "Knowing that made me feel happier than I did when I received my offer from Yale."
Honoring his responsibilities since his appointment to the post, Qin has been vocal on a number of issues, even proposing a bill during the Two Sessions to promote school bus safety in rural areas following the tragedy of an overloaded school bus in Jiangxi Province last year, in which 11 children died.
Though he has had to deal with skeptical people, accusing him of either wasting his time and talent on a petty job or of being from an influential family which has paved the way for his political climb, Qin has been able to set it all aside.
"I'm not here to argue," he said. "I'm here to get things done and people can see that - that's all the proof they need to know what I'm all about."