Some thoughts on the Olympics and other issues
About hopes and aspirations of readers of China Monthly Magazine:
Recently Women of China magazine has covered the following themes: the Olympics, especially about how Olympics have changed ordinary people's lives; the earthquake that ravaged Sichuan Province on May 12, about the moving stories during and after the earthquake, how the earthquake has changed people's attitudes towards life. Having worked for the magazine for nearly 10 years (starting from being an editor and reporter), I have found that the key hopes and admirations of our readers is to live a happy life. I believe every one in the world wishes to live a happy and harmonious life. But at the same time, we are faced with challenges like the pressure from work, you know, competition has been high over the years, and how to balance family and work, especially for career women. To go out for work, women have become much more independent and confident. It can help to promote gender equality in the society.
On the Olympics:
Because of the Olympics, Chinese government has put much efforts in improving the environment to implement the three themes, that is "Green Olympics, High-tech Olympics, People's Olympics." Great achievements have been witnessed. Life has been more convenient for all Beijingers. As Chinese, I am very proud that the Olympics will be held in China. Hospitable Chinese people are now ready to welcome athletes, spectators and visitors from various nations to attend this grand event. Because of the Olympics, people from different countries are coming to China, and China is more connected to the world. I hope it will help people throughout the world know more about and better understand China., so that there will be fewer clashed arising from misunderstandings.
On web and digital media:
The emergence of the web and digital media has made our work and life much easier. At the same time, it has a negative influence on the paper media like newspapers, magazines and periodicals, which need to have more clear orientation. From my experiences, frankly speaking, I don't think there is much censorship in our reporting, the only important thing is that we are telling the truth, to be objective, to publish articles which give hope to readers and let readers feel the beauty of life.
Women's voices and needs have been always heard in the media, but personally I think they can be louder. There is a column in China Women's News, a national women's newspaper, also administrated by the All-China Women's Federation. The column is called Media Watch. In this column, reports, movies, television programs and ads which promote gender equality will be praised and encouraged, while those with gender discrimination content will be criticized.