The “My Family in the Past 40 Years” provincial story-telling contest was held in Nanjing on Sept 29, with the aim of narrating the social changes from the perspective of ordinary Chinese families. Suzhou girls Liu Mengxi and Zhou Guanyu won praise from audiences with their touching stories “A Century-old Burin” and “Two Generations of Village Officials”.
It is of vital importance to promote positive family values in nurturing healthy social conduct. The solicitation of good stories themed on family values was launched in June, 2018. Since then, the grassroots women’s federations and other relevant units have collected many moving stories highlighting the significance of family values in the process of practicing socialism’s core values. Liu Mengxi and Zhou Guanyu, who stood out from many competitors in the city-level story-telling contest, are excellent representatives of the post-80s and are witnesses to the great changes brought by China’s reform and opening-up.
Liu Mengxi comes from a family of craftsmen living nearby the Yangcheng Lake. Her family relationship with carving began with her great-grandfather and has continued down through the generations for more than 100 years. The family has made remarkable achievements in the fields of wood carving, stone carving and brick carving. Zhou Guanyu is a college-graduate village official of Huaxin village in Changshu. She has been brought up in a family upholding such values as honesty and uprightness. Zhou’s father was a village official, too. She is determined to work hard and contribute to rural revitalization, following in her father’s footsteps.