A family of 36 people with four ethnic groups living in Horgos, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has won the Civilized Family award for the whole area.
Yu says the family hopes to share their good family traditions with more people across China.
Happiness Begins with Love
Mitika, Yu's father-in-law, has eight younger brothers and sisters, who have married partners from a diverse range of ethnic groups.
Mitika's family respects every custom from each group. They feel happy when all family members stay together.
As for marriage, Mitika and his wife keep an open mind because of their own experience. They strongly support their eldest son Yilifeng and Yu even though Yu's own family was opposed to the pairing.
Mitika's sincere visits finally facilitated the "match made in heaven".
Share Love with More People
Mitika and his wife often do as much as they can to help others. Even though their own second daughter has suffered from uremia for many years, they always lend money to relatives and neighbors when necessary.
As the deputy director of the villagers' committee, Mitika and his fellow workers helped to pave roads, which consequently made the village become prosperous.
Yu feels warm in her new family and gets recognition from the relatives and neighbors for her brisk working style.
Influenced by Mitika, Yu always leads local women to work outside when they do not have much farm work. With Yu's help, more women in the village have started to "hold up half of the sky", as the famous saying goes.
Yu regards her kind-hearted father-in-law and mother-in-law as sunflowers, because what they have done has motivated everyone.
"Good family traditions are the real treasure for descendants," says Yu.
(Source: Women Voice/ Translated and edited by Women of China)
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