Ms. Zhou focuses on mental and psychological counseling for woman in rural areas. This update documents a fun contest she hosted in honor of this year's National Women's Day.
I had planned activities for this festival over a month ago. I sought out five contestants, and the theme was "What kind of woman is the most beautiful?" It was what my lecture would be about.
The first contestant, a village kindergarten teacher, was very talented. She gave her speech "The Most Beautiful, Happy Woman".
The second contestant was a woman's director of a village, and among the five contestants, she was the only one whose contest paper was left completely unaltered because I was afraid I might damage its simple beauty. In it, she wrote, "Women who are very sentimental are the most beautiful women; a fourth generation woman is the most beautiful woman; women working in the fields are the most beautiful women; and having the courage to stand on the stage, like me, also makes the most beautiful woman!"
The third contestant was a girl working in a factory. Her speech was entitled "Labors of Women are the Most Beautiful".
The fourth contestant was a determined, young mother who wished to own a home business. She titled her speech "I Want to be a Beautiful Angle".
The fifth contestant was a retired cadre, and I found him on the street. Because he was a man, a lot of people questioned his appearance on stage; however, I had my own plan and let him speak. Turns out, he had a lot of fun with this activity, and one of his topics was "The Sunset Woman is the Most Beautiful Woman". He also took two questions and answered them exquisitely. One question was "Between mental health and physical health, which one do you think is more important to have?" He answered, "Both are important! A weak mental health will lead to physical ailments, and families have to suffer to pay the medical bills." The other question was "Who was the most beautiful woman you have ever seen? It can be a woman in your life, TV, books, but you need to tell us why." He said, "Of all the women I have seen in my 60 years of existence, Ms. Zhou is the most beautiful woman of them all! Even though she is retired, she still comes to provide with counseling. She is knowledgeable, caring, enthusiastic, beautiful, and this is why I believe she is the most beautiful woman!" His answer brewed lots of laughter and applause from the audience.
After the event was over, I realized that as long as the participants experience love, happiness, and inspiration, it makes it all worth it in the end. Some of the guests attending said, "This activity has had a tremendous impact on the local women, and its effects cannot be estimated!" The organizers of the event said, "As long as it's Ms. Zhou's class, no matter how many people attend, they will all end up following her footsteps."
Original article written by Ms. Zhou, translated by ShiShi Ma, edited by US intern Kevin Mo.
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