Engineer grad aids poor areas

Updated: 2014-05-20 09:10

By Chen Nan (China Daily)

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Engineer grad aids poor areas

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What's your life's dream?

When I was in university, I wanted to build a photography cooperative like Magnum Photos because I am deeply influenced by great photographers. Now, I focus on the project by taking pictures of people in poor areas and writing their stories. I also want to publish books and let more people see their living conditions. The ultimate goal is to make some changes to their lives.

Engineer grad aids poor areas

Photographer captures Beijing's city gates

Engineer grad aids poor areas

I am from Xinjiang

What's your take on the Chinese Dream? How is it related to your dream?

The Chinese Dream may seem very big, but it is actually based on ordinary people's dreams. My dream is to be a part of the Chinese Dream. I believe that someday, when I fulfill my dream, it will somehow influence others.

How have you built trust and cooperation with locals to achieve a common goal?

I made friends with many local people and we keep in touch. I feel very happy that I also influenced some people. There's this 14-year-old boy, who planned to stop studying after high school and go to work in a big city but after our talk one night, he decided to continue his studies.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned working and living with locals?

Those people's stories made me feel real and I learned a lot from them, such as being optimistic, hard working and enduring hardships.

How have you changed since launching the project?

I am much more mature, independent and strong. I don't complain anymore.

Do you still have something that keeps you going?

I feel touched by the people I meet, which keeps me going with my project. The more places I visit, the more urgently I want to help the residents.

What will China look like in 20 years?

I believe our country will become better and better. In 20 years, we will have better living conditions and higher spiritual pursuits. I hope by then there will be fewer impoverished regions.