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My “Chinese Dream”

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I am a Chinese. I’ve always been making dreams from time to time. Those dreams made by each average Chinese like me are certainly Chinese dreams. Dreams vary from person to person, and also from time to time. But in a certain era, people share the similar dreams.  Here I’d like to share my Chinese dreams with you.


When I was a child in 1970s, poverty kept hovering over my family, just as it did with other average families in the countryside. The misfit second-hand clothes, rain-leaking roof of old adobe house became part of my memory. However, the worse impression is that I was feeling hungry all the time. Sometimes hunger bit me so severely that I regarded dried sweet potato slices as delicious snack, the sharp crack of chewing which are still echoing in my dream. At that time, my dream was getting enough to fill my cooing empty belly.


In the early years of 1980s, as the reform and opening-up policy was implemented, the children dream came true. And then, another dream became clearer and clearer in my mind. I must try my best to escape out of my impoverished and backward hometown. I worked harder at my study than most of my classmates, and, after luckily succeeding in the national college entrance examination, my dream became reality again: after graduation, I became a citizen working in a city. As the first college graduate out of a remote village, my success set an example for my folks. They came to realize that schooling is a good way to change one’s fate. In the following years, there were less drop-outs and more college graduates in my village, of which I am proud even today.


Afterwards, I got accustomed to the life of citizens and I began to dream the same things as other peers: a comfortable home, my own car and a spacious apartment. Based on my toil, more than ten years passed, all of these dreams have been fulfilled. Of course, new dreams will occur to me again and again as time rolls on. Whatever, I believe most of my dreams will come true sooner or later only if my motherland keep advancing with current pace.


My Chinese dreams are also ones of other Chinese people. If every individual’s dreams come true, the dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will sure to come true. "The Chinese dream, after all, is the dream of the people,” as the newly-elected Chairman Xi Jinping said.


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Reply Report FFG 2013-3-29 11:33
Wonderful story. However, one needs to consider that if every Chinese person's dream is like yours you'll all eventually choke to death on the exhaust of the 1 billion or so cars. As an American living in China I am, frankly, saddened by how materialistic and shallow Chinese are becoming. Chinese will learn, eventually, that "things" won't make them happy. Americans learned that the hard way.
Reply Report yaoll 2013-3-29 13:13
That's great!
Reply Report 小王3645 2013-3-30 11:12
Reply Report canadianpaul 2013-4-3 01:56
Congratulations on your achievements and thanks for sharing your experiences with us!!!
Reply Report liquidator 2013-6-12 17:20
good for you may you inspire others
Reply Report ceallin 2013-7-1 10:41
i must work hard to make my dream come true
Reply Report caochumichael 2013-7-23 11:05
congraduation to you ! however , today our chinese is not equal at all . 80% resource is captured by only 20% people . most younger can not achieve their dream throngh hard working . hope our government can solve the problem .
Reply Report KristaChen 2013-7-29 14:20
The Chinese dream, after all, i don't think it can be called a dream. It is just the reality people have to fight for
Reply Report sfphoto 2014-1-18 03:48
No need for a car. Only house big enough to take care of one's parents and raise one's kids. Also, no need to become rich. Only need to earn enough money to live a good life. Lastly, if you have more money than you need, please help your village by sharing what you have. That's the Chinese Dream.
Reply Report singozhang 2014-3-16 09:32
During the recent three years,i felt my life is baddest.don't have a good job.can't find a girl friend. i regret not to study hard when i was a student.i am losing
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2014-4-18 14:42
An inspiring story. The Chinese a dream is the sum of a collection of individual dreams like yours!
Reply Report tedbrent 2014-4-18 17:43
KristaChen: The Chinese dream, after all, i don't think it can be called a dream. It is just the reality people have to fight for
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Reply Report tedbrent 2014-4-18 22:56
the poor get  the raspberry, I mean.

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