Female Reps Share Stories to Mark 40th Anniv. of Reform, Opening-up

September 3, 2018  Editor: Xie Wen
Female Reps Share Stories to Mark 40th Anniv. of Reform, Opening-up
Tang Junqiao [Fnews.cc]


Several women representatives shared stories about their personal growth at a reading forum in Shanghai on August 21 to bring attention to the benefits brought about by China's reform and opening-up policy.

The speakers at the 2018 Shanghai Book Fair held at Shanghai Jiao Tong University included: Wang Rugang, an artist of Shanghai People's Burlesque Troupe; Mao Shanyu, dean of Shanghai Opera Theater, and flute performer Tang Junqiao.

Other guests included chief flight attendant and National May 1st Labor Medal winner Wu Eryu and other famous figures who shared insights from their lives.

Tang talked about her experiences first. In 1992, when she was about to graduate from high school, she faced the alternative of studying in Beijing or Shanghai. At her teacher's recommendation, she was eventually admitted to the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Four years later, 20-year-old Tang became the head of the orchestra's voice department, and in 2000 she was recommended as a flute and Bawu soloist for the world-famous film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

This endowed Tang with more opportunities to cooperate with world-renowned symphony orchestras. To fulfill her dream, Tang chose to return to her alma mater to teach and pass on her own flute-playing skills.

Wu Eryu was an ace performer among the 18 flight attendants recruited by Shanghai Airlines from the Shanghai Textile System in 1993. She has been carrying out tasks for over 20 years.

She said the cabin was her library. Every time she serves a passenger it is like reading a book, where she can feel the great changes brought by reform and opening up. As long as she was fit enough to do so, she expected to continue her career.

Zeng Mei, a medical doctor and an expert specializing in infectious diseases in children, has been safeguarding the healthy growth of youngsters with over 20 years of ample clinical experience and knowledge.

Born in the 1970s, Zeng was admitted to Shanghai Medical College of Fudan University and left the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, northwest China, and realized her dream of being a doctor. After 20 years of practicing, Zeng deeply felt the happiness brought to Chinese children by the reform and opening up.

Zeng called on the whole society to trust the government and doctors so that doctors and patients can foster a good relationship. At the same time, she urged the public to pay more attention to children from disadvantaged families and help them to live happily in the good times.

Luo Shaoying, a native from Chongqing, southwest China, the vice-president of Chongqing Dima Industry Co., has been living in Shanghai in recent years, after being attracted to the city's urban culture, development orientation and business environment.

As a senior female executive, Luo is good at providing services to meet customers' needs from women's perspective. She has been dedicated to promoting the upgrading of traditional industries and actively participating in social welfare activities.

Relying on the community platform, she also aims to provide more care and help to vulnerable groups in the community, including the elderly and babysitters.

Xu Feng, president of the Shanghai Women's Federation, said at the forum that, the March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetters Award winners and outstanding women in the new era have all fully presented their female power. Born in such a good era, women should strive to realize their dreams and lead a wonderful life.

Organizers of the forum also released the book The Role Models' Charm — 40 March 8th Red-Banner Pacesetters in 40 Years of Reform and Opening-up, which records the stories of outstanding representatives of women in Shanghai in the past 40 years.

(Source: Fnews.cc/ Translated and edited by Women of China)

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