Wang Hailing: Don't Give Up on Dreams

  • March 24, 2014
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Wang Hailing: Don't Give Up on Dreams
Chinese famous female writer Wang Hailing shares her dreams on the website of womenofchina.cn. [Global Times]

Wang Hailing is a famous Chinese novelist and screenwriter of Chinese family life and marriage, especially when it comes to romantic problems from women's perspectives. The TV dramas adapted from her novels, including Qianshou (Holding Hands) and Divorce, Chinese-Style, became instant hits with viewers. She has shared her ideas on dreams with womenofchina.cn

"Despite getting older, I still have great passion towards life because the power of my dreams fills my ambitions and excites me to realize my different goals at different stages of life," said Wang Hailing.


I hope my 25-year-old son can find a satisfying job where he can make full use of what he learned in university. I am so relieved because he is working hard towards this objective. 

As for me, I have an unrealized dream - learning English. I really admire those who know English because I want to read English originals instead of translated versions, where something always gets lost. 

I studied English for a while after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) ended, but finally gave it up due to being too busy with work. I tried learning English by myself on and off in the following years and I even stuck to memorizing vocabulary words every day in 2004, but all my attempts failed. Now I think I will never be able to master English. I have a fantasy that a scientist will invent some chip which can be transplanted into human's brains and help people remember things, but I know it's just an idle fantasy. 

Establishing a rule of law country is my biggest aspiration for the 'Chinese Dream'. In my opinion, a sound legal system can solve various social problems such as corruption, air pollution and the widening income gap between the rich and the poor. Law is a basic guarantee for a country's lasting peace and stability. 

When it comes to whether a dream is essential, I hold that dreams are subjectively necessary, but are influenced by objective restrictions. Some people would rather die if they can't realize their dreams, but I don't go to extremes. I like to pay more attention to the process of making the dream come true.

Dreams can fuel people's passions. In a preface of my forthcoming book, I wrote: "Despite getting older, I still have great passion towards life because the power of my dreams fills my ambitions and excites me to realize my different goals at different stages of life." I feel so happy because my work is closely linked to my interests. I would rush to areas stricken by earthquakes or landslides to witness the disaster situation and rescue work because it's a must for my writing. 

I clearly remember how disappointed I was when my works were denied by editors again and again. "We have received your file. Thanks for your support. But we are sorry to tell you we won't be using your article. We hope to cooperate with you next time." After receiving countless rejection letters like this, I got a response from the PLA Art and Literature magazine saying one of my articles would be used. I deeply understood the meaning of the old saying "the first step is the hardest" at that time. 

To my surprise, two short stories of mine were accepted at the same magazine next year, which caused a sensation in the literary arena. Soon after, I attended a national writing conference in Beijing, which was a further breakthrough for my writing career. I became even more popular after one of my novels was adapted into a film made by the August First Film Studio. 

Now I have realized my previous dreams and I feel so lucky I am able to fit my interests and work together with my career in writing. My current life is what I dreamt of when I was young, and now I have no other extravagant dreams.

(Women of China)

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