P78 Hometown Feelings
Some people still live in their hometown. However, others may only see itonce or twice a year. Nowadays, millions of Chinese leave the countryside to searchfor work in the cities. Among these is Zhong Wei, a 46-year-old husband and father.He has lived in Wenzhou for the last 13 years. With a hard job in a crayon factory,he doesn't find much time to visit his hometown. “I used to return home at leastonce a year, but I haven't been back for almost three years now. It's a shame, butI just don't have the time,” he says.
Many people like Zhong Wei regard with great interest how their hometownshave changed. Perhaps large hospitals and new roads have appeared. In many places,the government has also built new schools and sent teachers from the cities to help.
“I noticedthat's true of my hometown,” adds Zhong Wei. “Children have learned to readand count at my old primary school since the mid-20th century. But nowthe buildings are really old. I hear they're going to build a new school there.”Zhong Wei thinks such developments are good, and he also knows that his hometown cannot always stay the same.
According to Zhong Wei, however, some things will never change. “In myhometown, there was a big old tree opposite the school. It is still there and hasbecome quite a symbol of the place. Most of the children in my time liked to playtogether under that big tree, especially during the summer holidays. It was sucha happy childhood. Our hometown has left many soft and sweet memories in our hearts.”