!!!XiN Magazine spring 2014 coming soon!!! Editor’s letter 主编寄语 ———HAPPY EASTER!

Editor’s letter 主编寄语

Speaking of emancipation…

 

Yawn?

 

Emancipation is a fantasy that has found its way to exposure. To attract attention, one can dance, one can sing, and sure one can yawn because the law of an illuminated spotlight is often a mystery –

Recently, I have been getting quite a bit of media exposure with the visit of the Chinese president and his wife to the Netherlands. I must admit – having more exposure is kind of a bittersweet thing for me, honestly, because in my heart of hearts I much prefer good, quiet work in the shadows. Exposure makes you famous, not just good work. It is a fact whether you and I like it or not. Fame means you can say and do more to make an idea fly and go viral.

In this long-awaited edition, XiN magazine has dedicated a significant part of it to the exciting phenomenon called China’s First Lady. Peng the style icon is able to turn every state visit into her red carpet moment – and it is not only her personal jubilation. As a fan puts it: “The First Lady gives our people a face”. It is China celebrating the fact that it has become a modern, perhaps more open country. Maybe my homeland is maturing in the skin of a maturing woman who has continued to grow. And what a breathtaking view to behold!

Traditional beauty and international charm, these are the keywords to appreciate and decode the “soft power” diplomacy aiming to unite people all over the world. “Julie, it all starts with the desire to communicate and listen,” a Facebook friend wrote me the other day. I trust and sincerely hope that this is a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our global communities. To understand and accept an idea that is not ours. I applaud that.

For me, this is true emancipation of a nation! China needs it. The Chinese people deserve it even more. We all wish to live in a more balanced world with equal rights and equal potential impact!

Talking of equality, I suddenly realized something and wondered why nobody is writing about Barack’s or Xi’s sleeve length or shoe size if such things are so important in today’s world? I borrow Shakespeare’s words to bring an end to my musing: To this blessed plot, this earth!

Happy Spring!

Oh and please note that in order to encourage its correct pronunciation,

I have slightly re-spelt my name. It is now:

Julie Oyang

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我想和大家谈谈个性解放,但又担心这会不会是个老古董的话题。

其实个性解放开始时只是一个默默的想法,但是由于人们发现了它的无穷魅力,被曝光了并为大家所接受了,一个沉默的想 法就成为了现实。作为媒体人,我很关心用什么方式能最有效地吸引大千世界里成千上万人们的眼球,一个人可以疯狂舞蹈,或者放声高歌,甚或打个不同凡响的哈欠,因为聚光灯的法则往往是一个谜。

最近因为中国国家主席和他的妻子对荷兰进行首次国访,我在媒体露面也较为频繁一些。对我来说这却是件苦乐参半的事,说实话我更愿意呆在暗处把自己的工作做得很优秀。媒体会让你出名,仅仅靠工作优秀是远远不够的,这是个事实。成名意味着能为大家做更多好事,能使梦想成真。

您现在手中捧着的这本最新的《新》用了重量级篇幅来观察“中国第一夫人”这个新现象。彭丽媛女士从就职以来在不断地吸引着国际媒体的关注。她不仅是时尚偶像, 而且她能把每次国事访问变成第一夫人的“红毯”时刻,但这不仅仅是她个人的荣耀。一个粉丝这样说: “第一夫人给了咱们中国人一张脸”。确实,也许中国正在成为一个更开放的现代国家。也许我的祖国正在走向成熟,而这种成熟则是通过一个成熟的女人在自己新的角色中继续成长来表达出来。这是令世界兴奋的时刻!

传统美结合国际魅力,这是所谓“软力”外交中的关键词。“一切都从沟通和倾听的愿望开始的, ” Facebook的一位朋友给我发来这样一句很聪明的话。我相信并衷心希望通过这种“软”途径,在保持不同社区间的友好之前提下,发展多样性,并能够公开讨论相互之间的不同与分歧,理解并接受与自己不同的想法。我举双手赞成。

对我来说,这才意味着一个民族的真正意义上的解放!中国需要它,中国人民更需要它。我们都希望自己生活的世界更加平衡、更加平等,而且各民族都能够平等地影响全球社区!

说起平等,我突然想起来,为什么就没有人提及奥巴马总统或者习主席的衣柜呢?如果国家元首们的袖长和鞋码确实在我们当今的世界如此举足轻重,那么大家是否也应该关注一下呢?

我借用莎士比亚的话来结尾:我为您祝福,为这里所发生的一切,这块大地!

祝愿各位读者春意盎然!

Julie O’Yang | Editor-in-Chief

XiN Media
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The Netherlands
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Easter

XiN magazine editorial team wishing our readers 

HAPPY EASTER(N)!

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