Beijing, Mr. Chen’s Workplace



Name: Mr. Chen

Age: 52

Chinese zodiac sign: Dragon

Education: Senior High School


Profession: I used to work in a glass factory but lost my job due to a reorganization. I could start at another factory for the same kind of work, but I was worried about my physical condition and decided not to do this work anymore. Now I am a janitor at a depot for public buses. I work a 24 hour shift and then have two days of rest each time.


When you are at home, what is your favorite activity? What do you enjoy the most?
My hobby is keeping birds.


Name three of your daily routine activities:
Taking my bird outside for a walk, going to work and shopping for groceries with my wife.


What is your favorite food?
I don´t pay too much attention to food and drinks. If I have to choose my favorite food, then it would be meat.


How much money does your family spend on food per day?
I´m not sure. Several hundred Yuan I guess.


Where is your hometown? (if not Beijing: do you miss your hometown? if so, what do you miss most?)
My hometown is Beijing. I live in the Chaoyang District and I do not want to live in another city.
Beijing and Shanghai have a lot of differences. In general Beijing people are more kind, generous and enthusiastic than Shanghai people. Lots of Shanghai people take money too seriously and are always busy making money.


What is your most precious childhood memory?
My childhood was in a turbulent period. When I was a child I always looked forward to the Chinese New Year. I also have good memories of the many children that all played together.


What are the three most important things in life for you?
I have a 26 years old son who got married in 2009. The relationship between my daughter-in-law and my wife is very well these days. My daughter-in-law is very thoughtful and I played a role in reconciling them.
Considering the options when looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend, both should be good-looking and kindhearted. When they are good-looking, it will make the next generation good-looking too and the kind heart makes the family happy.
For now, my son is the most important. I am teaching him just to be himself and to do things that are worthy and at ease with his conscience. I do not care whether they will have children. If they have, my wife and I have to take care of the grandchildren and that will be very tiring. We have been very busy in our lives, we experienced a lot and now we should retire.


What are, according to you, the values that one needs to live up to in life?
Just act in good conscience.


Would you say you are a) happy b) somewhat happy c) somewhat unhappy d) unhappy
I am happy for now and China is still the best country for me. A person can live well anywhere with lots of money, but can only live happily without money in his hometown.


What do you expect will the future bring for you?
I hope that China can develop further and become more powerful in the future. The military has to be tough. Maybe more nuclear weapons can deter some countries which do not want China to develop so quickly. China will be truly independent and have a louder voice in the international arena. Chinese people won’t start a war, but are not afraid of war. Once war happens, Chinese people will be more united. They are smart, brave and skilled, and they will defend the homeland’s territory and honor. I don’t think a war will start anytime soon, if it happens then probably after my dead. Sometimes it gives me worries about the next generations.


What is your religion?
No religion.







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