Zhiyin: A Ship of Mem­o­ries

知音号:一艘关于记忆的轮船

Special Focus - - CONTENTS - Liu Dongli 刘冬莉

When look­ing back on the his­tory of Wuhan, all of us will feel its grandeur and glory.

I could al­most hear Ye Diaoyuan, a poet in Qing Dy­nasty stand­ing on the bank of Yangtze River...

When look­ing back on the his­tory of Wuhan, all of us will feel its grandeur and glory. I could al­most hear Ye Diaoyuan, a poet in Qing Dy­nasty stand­ing on the bank of Yangtze River, chant­ing his rhyth­mic Zhuzhici Lyrics(folk lyrics)“Grasses on the ex­pan­sive land are eter­nally green; A gust of lake wind car­ries the tune play­ing.” His folk lyrics are acute ob­ser­va­tions of the lo­cal life of Hankou in Qing dy­nasty, a multi-per­spec­tive view of the color­ful Chu cul­tures, as well as an emo­tional episode of the ver­nac­u­lar fla­vor; the vin­tage and nos­tal­gic Cheongsam re­minds us of the life in the Con­ces­sions in Hankou, where slen­der fig­ures with el­e­gant ges­tures and ori­en­tal in­gre­di­ents greet our eyes; the ship “Zhiy­in­hao” sailed down the river into the vi­va­cious down­town ar­eas where are dot­ted with dancers and singers, while gramo­phones bab­bling about the se­crets of lo­cal life in the Repub­lic era…

Chi Li, a woman nov­el­ist in Wuhan, once wrote, “The city en­com­passes us in all as­pects with the pass­ing of the years. This is my city.” The tra­di­tional yet ex­quis­ite folk­lores have long been merged into the city life, bear­ing wit­ness to its pros­per­ity and cul­tural charm. As lo­cal res­i­dents in Wuhan, we in­evitably grow up with the ad­vance­ment of city. In an age when progress is over­stressed, we are com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing a city of cul­tural diver­sity, merg­ing the East with the West, and jux­ta­pos­ing the old with the new.

“Wuhan ex­ists not just in our mem­o­ries; it is planted in our soul and flesh.” Wuhan lo­cals are stere­typed as care­less and ca­sual type. It seems that they are likely to trash talk their home­town. Yet they also cher­ish it at the bot­tom of their heart. These un­speak­able emo­tions or what­ever they are calling are deeply in­grained in their minds, who will con­tinue telling the sto­ries of Wuhan, though in dif­fer­ent ways.

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