In July, the Dundas Branch Library Chinese reading group discussed the National Year of Reading theme – Discover.
One member discovered ‘Love’ from reading ‘Walk by Love’, a story about Mother Teresa. How she helped a lot of people, especially those living in poverty and in pain. Through her love for all people, the reader discovered what a great heart and soul she was.
Another member discovered ‘Dignity’ by reading ‘The Ugly Chinese’ written by Bo Yang. She discovered injustice and the dark side of Chinese history. Her afterthought was that people should change their ugly behaviours to stay more dignified.
Another member discovered the close relationship between Chinese politics and personal fate by reading the stories of Zhang Hanzhi and Qiao Guanhua. Qiao was a highly ranked Foreign Minister, yet he could not escape the political tragedy in his personal life. The uncertainty and cruelty of Chinese politics should be changed.
Another member discovered history by reading some historical material. She thought reading made her more aware of historical views. Even for famous people like Mao Zedong and Jiang Jiashi, their lives and stories are more complicated than they seem.
Another member discovered that she wasn’t the only one who suffered from a personal identity crisis by reading ‘The results of coming toAmerica’. As a migrant, she felt she was no longer recognised as a Chinese by Chinese people inChina, yet here inAustraliashe is identified as a Chinese rather than Australian.Readingmade her more aware about identity.
The final member discovered the connection between religious faith and the market economy. Some people are willing to do whatever it takes to make money. Whether it be inflicting pain on others. The reader thought people with faith act more ethically in economic activities. That’s because they are more controlled and have better moral.
Overall, the opinion was that reading leads to discoveries which can help provoke thought. This in itself can result in more discoveries.