Newsletter: three generations of 30 years-- the "Chinese Diary" of the Brazilian Family
Beijing, 15 Nov (Xinhua) Newsletter: 30 years and three generations-- the "China Diary" of the Brazilian family
Xinhua News Agency reporter Chen Yao
In recent nights, Brazilian rural sociologist Lian Andrader has opened his cell phone album every night before going to bed, flipping through recent photos taken in China and planning to go back to China.
Andrader and her daughter Petra Costa, 36, are planning a documentary about China's development. To this end, Andrader specially flew from Brazil to China at the end of September, visited experts and scholars in Beijing, Shanghai, and other places for more than a month, collected a lot of data, and sorted out tens of thousands of words of diaries in China.
Thirty-three years ago, it was also 36-year-old Andrader and her mother, Vera Furtado, who first crossed the sea from Brazil to China and walked into the fields, documenting with cameras and diaries the bold reforms that were taking place in rural China at the time.
In the 1980s, Andrader, who works in agriculture for the Brazilian government, came up with the idea of going to China because of a book about China's rural development experience, which coincided with his mother, Furtado.
Furtado, then a Brazilian farmer, was curious about how China's rural areas would feed such a large population.
It was not easy to visit rural areas from Brazil to China in 1985. By coincidence in 1986, Andrader was invited by the Chinese side and finally came to China with his mother.
At that time, China was in the early stages of reform and opening up, because of the household contract responsibility system, the enthusiasm of local farmers was greatly mobilized. Their energetic scenes were included in documentaries and diaries by Andrader and his mother.
From Beijing to Shanghai, from Dazhai to Chengdu, Andrader and his mother visited nearly 10 cities and surrounding rural areas.
Especially in Dazhai, Andrader and his mother were deeply impressed. Andrader has read books in Brazil about rural development in China, with particular reference to Dazhai. This time in Dazhai, Andrader saw with his own eyes that farmers work in terraces and buy tractors and other tools to help them produce, and their living standards are richer than described in the book.
"completely different customs and customs, thriving rural life, let us revel in our work, forget the time, forget the fatigue." This is how Andrader describes the state of their daily work.
Andrader recalls that her mother helped her shoot and interview during the day and worked all night to write down the highlights of the day in her diary.
On a trip to China in 1986, Andrader and his mother refreshed their understanding of China's rural areas, and immediately returned home to produce and broadcast the documentary "the Chinese Eye" on TVT TV about China's urban and rural life. At the same time, a serial article "China Diary 1986" was published.
Since then, Andrader has become more interested in China, and since then has even devoted himself to the study of ancient Chinese books translated into Portuguese and a taste of China's extensive and profound history and culture.
With the deepening of economic and trade cooperation between China and Brazil, people-to-people exchanges between China and Brazil have become more diverse and in-depth. "go to China again with your mother, return to Dazhai, see for yourself the great changes in the countryside," has become a lingering idea in Andrader's mind.
Unfortunately, Andrader was deeply saddened by the fact that his mother, Fulta, had died more than in 2011. Her daughter Costa, aware of Andrader's mind, suggested going to China to make another documentary to help her mother fulfill her wish. Andrader was comforted that her daughter was about to become another partner in her Chinese documentary.
Costa is a good filmmaker. In 2019, she ran around for the Oscars for the new film and was temporarily unable to accompany her mother. Andrader came to China at the end of September for research and preparation before filming.
This time, Andrader only visited cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, contacted and visited several institutions studying rural development, interviewed experts and scholars, and Latin American friends engaged in film and television work in China, and accumulated a lot of material for documentary shooting.
"the great changes in China's development are amazing. Especially in Shanghai, I feel that this is a quiet, peaceful city, mobile payment can handle everything, people's faces permeated with the joy of fighting for happiness. I look forward to our crew taking these pictures next year and showing them to more people around the world. " At the end of his trip to China, Andrader wrote these words in his diary.
Thirty years, three generations, at a similar age, in a similar way, bound to China. Andrader always smiled when he thought of it. (participating reporters: Zhao Yan, Huang Shunda, Xi Yue)