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One of my friends had watched this movie three times cause he was so in love with it while some others had to leave during the middle of the screening as they simply didn't feel a thing.


The movie was on in China on Valentine's Day which to a certain extent subtly suggested that this would be a beautifully touching love story suitable for couples. With this in mind and the awards guaranteed quality, people held high expectations for this. While things didn't quite turn out the way they had planned, some were utterly disappointed.


This movie in my opinion is much less a love story than a tribute to art.


Personally, I know virtually nothing about art. From my kindergarten all the way to senior high school, art subjects were never emphasized or even touched upon by the education I received. We were told that we should focus 100 percent on academic study and that learning art wouldn't do us any good.


Even now, the majority of us are so preoccupied by consumerism and materialistic stuff that many of us never develop a taste for art and never learn or want to learn to appreciate art. While watching the movie, I wished I could have learnt more about art so as to have a better understanding about the beauty of art displayed in the movie.


The ideas explored in the movie are quite thought-provoking. In this world inundated with money and profit, many people don't dare to dream any more as sometimes it feels like the reality laughs at our dreams. Of course, there are still tons people who harbor their dreams. But their dreams are almost as fragile as the colorful soap bubbles which may burst at any moment and vanish into thin air like they have never even existed in this world.


Many Chinese students have had similar conversation with their parents like the following one.


"Mom, I'd really like to study painting, movie or animation in university."

"Honey, I don't think that is a right choice. You'd better study something like science or technology or finance, you know, something more pragmatic. Art is indeed beautiful. But trust me, it's not going to get you to anywhere. In the end, you will be stuck with an art degree and not able to get yourself a job. I don't want you to go through things like being jobless. You just have to trust me in this."

"But I really like art. I am just trying to follow my heart and to do things that I love. Isn't that supposed to be the meaning of life?"


"Yeah. But think about this, when you have no job and no money, how are you going to feed yourself or your family let alone doing all those fantastic things you love? End of discussion. You just need to follow my suggestion and I know you may hate me now. But I can stand it cause you are gonna thank me later."


This is an extremely controversial topic. To parents, they definitely hope their children can do things they truly love cause that is probably the best part of life. However, more often than not following a certain track like studying art doesn't turn out well. So parents take precautions for their children and lead them to a much safer track.


Life is even more difficult for those who are determined to be an artist but get rejected many times during the process. Not that many people are capable of pulling themselves together and work up enough courage for another trial. Too many times of failure renders us doubtful about our own abilities. We may wonder whether we are truly that piece of material. To continue or not, that's a question.


Another conspicuous idea in the movie is whether An artist should stick to his/her own standard or should he/she bend the rules to meet the taste of the general public. In the movie, the jazz player gave up his own music taste in order to make some money and get settled so as to leave a good impression on his girlfriend's family. But later he started hating himself for doing things that he couldn't wholeheartedly devoted to. At the end of the movie, he opened his own jazz bar and mesmerized many people by his own music.


It all boils down to the fact that the passion and enthusiasm you show for what you do is the best advertisement for your business.


It is just so hard to be a real artist in this present-day society. I respect and thank all those real artists who never stop producing great works.






(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)




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Reply Report mbursian 2017-2-19 18:43
I was teaching a college class once.  The students were making introductions and I asked them some questions to get feel for the language proficiency.  I asked one young man if he could sing.  He said yes, so I called him out on it and asked him to sing something for the class.  He didn't hesitate and began singing.  The entire class, including myself were in awe.  This young man sang so beautifully and with heartfelt emotion it brought tears to my eyes.  I was speechless.  The entire class stood up with roaring cheers and applause.  After class as I was standing at a bus stop, the young man approached me.  He had tears in his eyes and told me that he loves music, he loves playing the piano and singing... but his parents forbid him to pursue music.  They told him he must concentrate on math and science... they want him to be a successful doctor.  I was torn on what to say to console him... I know if he were my son I'd tell him that he has an enormous talent and should pursue his love of music.  If you can do what you enjoy doing, then you are successful, you are true to yourself.  He said he must do what his parents tell him, but he felt he would be miserable in life.
Reply Report mbursian 2017-2-19 18:51
I am a painter by training and at heart.  Art is a long love of mine.  A true artist would stick to their own beliefs, thoughts, theories and their own styles.  An artist who bends to the taste of the public just to sell their work is no more than a prostitute.
Reply Report voice_cd 2017-2-20 08:45
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Reply Report Min1989 2017-2-20 09:14
voice_cd: thanks for sharing your story here, we would like to highlight it on the homepage.
Thank you for that~~~
Reply Report Min1989 2017-2-20 09:25
mbursian: I was teaching a college class once.  The students were making introductions and I asked them some questions to get feel for the language proficiency. ...
Thank for sharing this story here.Yes, it must be really sad to see things like that happen. This is like a conundrum to which there is no easy solution. For many people who don't know how to appreciate art and who have never strived to chase after something in the art field, they probably will never understand why others show extreme passion to art let alone undertand the great fun and happiness that usually come with the pursue of art. I hope there is a better environment for art to flourish.
Reply Report jaseminsibo 2017-2-26 02:42
Hi dear, you are quite wise for your age. I admire your courage in writing this blog and sharing what most of your peers might be feeling too. It takes bravery and you should proud for it. I understand some of your frustrations as I too was an artist since young but due to external factors and lack of opportunity went on a 'safe' route of studying business and IT. For about 15 years I managed to work in reputable international companies which gave me the opportunity to live and travel in different cities. On the side and weekends, I would continue to draw, write, take up dance classes and perform at corporate events. I didn't give up on my artistic passion and I knew one day would come when opportunity would knock on my door.

True enough 39 years later I am a published author and endorsed artist in Asia and USA. Looking back, my years in the corporate world equipped me with marketing, administration, people management skills etc. which as an artist is critical.

You are still so young, do not give up on your dreams. Yet understand if it is meant to be it will happen at the right time. Keep building your corporate skills and continue your artistic passion on the side. That day will come when opportunity will knock at your door :)
Reply Report Min1989 2017-2-27 09:06
jaseminsibo: Hi dear, you are quite wise for your age. I admire your courage in writing this blog and sharing what most of your peers might be feeling too. It take ...
Thank you for your encouragement, and thank you for sharing your experience with us. I totally agree with you. I don't really have artistic pursuit. But I do like writing a lot. I have taught quite a few students majoring in art who have helped me understand art much better. There are many prejudices against art students in China. It is not easy for them. The other day, I was talking with them that even for an art student, learning some academic knowledge is necessary as this will get them a better platform and equip them more valuable skills like self-learning skill etc.. Of course, this may not be that important if someone is extremely talented in a field.

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