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The World of Chinese - - DRAGON'S DIGEST -

celebrity's ex­pe­ri­ence in a sen­tence—their home­town is a place they can never re­turn. Of course, this is not in a phys­i­cal sense. There are three mean­ings here: First, with rapid ur­ban­iza­tion, when you have been away for years, your home­town never stays the same as in your mem­ory. When re­turn­ing, you are un­able to lo­cate the old traces. Sec­ond, peo­ple who have been tough­ened by liv­ing in the city are transformed into new in­di­vid­u­als with­out even re­al­iz­ing it. Their habits, val­ues, and out­look are no longer com­pat­i­ble with small-town think­ing. No mat­ter if it's in life­style or cul­ture, there will ex­ist a large gap be­tween them and their friends from the old times. There's now es­sen­tially noth­ing in com­mon be­tween the two groups. Thirdly, it refers to a spir­i­tual re­turn. Home­town is merely a sym­bol of child­hood. Times are al­ways chang­ing and ev­ery­one has to adapt. In this sense, no one can sim­ply re­treat back to a peace­ful child­hood.

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