“A monument is a statue, a building, or a structure erected to commemorate a notable person or an event.”
We advocate recognition of Women as a monument of our inspirations and more. We often overlook the great realizations women made to Arts & Culture. This project is our call to stand up with great women and to share their resilience to face adversity and to emerge as a monument.
This is a series of portraits of ordinary women doing extraordinary things in a world where we desperately need more empowerment for our heroes.
我們主張將對女性的認可作為我們靈感和更多靈感的豐碑。 我們經常忽視女性對藝術與文化的偉大認識。 這個項目是我們呼籲與偉大的女性站在一起，並分享她們面對逆境並成為紀念碑的韌性的時刻。這是平凡的女人們在世界上做著非凡事情一系列的肖像，在這裡我們需要給予我們的英雄們更多的力量。
1/ Can you introduce yourself briefly? Where you are from and what you do in Shanghai? How did you become an Entrepreneur?
I was born and grew up in Wuhan, a city located in central China. I have been living in Shanghai for the past 10 years. I run a brand consulting firm, helping companies to create and develop their branding. I did not plan to become an entrepreneur, this is what I love doing and I realized that there were opportunities where I could do a better business.
2/ How was it to grow up in China and how is it to grow up as a woman?
I think I had a rather happy childhood compare to how my parents grew up at their time, and compare to how my older brother grew up in the family.
I had a lot of freedom to choose what I wanted to do; I had time and space to develop myself. Probably because I was a girl in the family, there were not so much expectations for me and I didn’t grow up with a lot of attention; but it was a different story for my older brother.
On the other hand, most of the kids born in the 80’s in China are the only children in the family, I was fortunate enough to have a brother who made my childhood experience very unique and made me proud. Though I had no idea what my parents had to bear for having 2 kids.
Growing up as a woman in China, I was constantly juggling between traditional values and modern values. After living many years by myself, I was able to find a good balance that worked for me.
3/ You are working in a very competitive environment. What does it take to survive?
I think most importantly, you have to enjoy what you do, and then you will need to have a healthy mental strength to deal with most of the problems or situations. On the other hand, to having a clear vision for your future will also help a lot. It brings focus and solutions to every obstacle on the way.
4/ Do you think you have to face more adversity because you are a woman?
Not really. I feel the opposite. Society seems to have much higher expectations for men than for women; As a woman, I have been able to get away with many things, not to feel that I have to perform or achieve certain things to be accepted.
5/ Can it be an advantage to be a woman in your work environment?
I think it can be an advantage in my service business. I enjoy listening to others, I can be patient and flexible when there are conflict situations; I feel it is not too difficult for me to build trust with others. It is likely that women are naturally more understanding and receptive, these are nice advantages to have.
6/ Shanghai is a very populated city. What is it like for a Chinese woman to live in this particular place? Is it much different from other cities in China?
Definitely it is very different from any other city in China. It is so fun, diverse and vibrant; it is full of opportunities for friendship and business. I think it is a very safe and livable place for women.
Till today, I still feel like a tourist living in the city. I can always discover or explore something new. I am addicted to the comfort that I have found in Shanghai.
7/ Can you define a typical “Shanghainese woman”?
A typical Shanghainese woman is refined, beautiful and confident. She knows what she wants in her life. She knows how to live an elegant life. I don’t know if she always needs to work so hard, she sees life as having many options and her choices are always smart.
8/ In your opinion what are the challenges for Chinese women now and tomorrow? How will it evolve?
Today, the key challenge is probably to keep a balance between family and personal ambition; or managing the expectations from others and oneself. As women are becoming more emotionally and financially independent, the challenge of tomorrow will be how to lead a life for yourself and how to lead others. It will be an exciting time, and I believe future changes will be revolutionary. 🙂
我認為這對我的服務業務來說是一個優勢。 我喜歡聽別人說話，有衝突情況時我會耐心和靈活得去解決; 而且我覺得與他人建立信任並不太難。 女人很可能更容易理解和接受，這些都是很好的優勢。
6/ 上海是一個人口稠密的城市。 一個中國女人住在這個特別的城市是什麼感覺？ 它與中國其他城市有很大不同嗎？
它絕對是與中國其他城市截然不同的。 它是如此有趣，多樣和充滿活力; 它充滿了友誼和商業的機會。 我認為這對女性來說是一個非常安全和宜居的地方。
直到今天，我仍然覺得自己像一個生活在這個城市的遊客。 我總能發現或探索新事物。 我沉迷於我在上海找到的安慰。
典型的上海女人精緻，美麗，自信。 她知道自己生活中想要什麼。 她知道如何過上優雅的生活。 我不知道她是否總是需要努力工作，她認為生活有很多選擇，而她的選擇總是聰明的。
8/ 在你的角度看來，中國女性面臨的挑戰是什麼？明天的挑戰是什麼？ 它是如何演變的？
今天，關鍵的挑戰可能是在家庭和自己的野心之間保持著一個平衡點; 或處理他人和自己的期望。 隨著女性在情感上越來越獨立，在經濟上也越來越獨立，明天的挑戰將是如何為自己過上自己的生活並且領導他人。 這將是一個激動人心的時刻，我相信未來的變化可能是革命性的。:)