You Get Stronger While Facing Difficulties

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Our society is consistently changing. Different generations of people may have different kinds of life. Since my mother and I grew in different environments, we may have different set of values. I have had interview with my mother who grew up in an environment which is different from mine, and I found that our personal history, sense of cultural and social history are very different. Although she grew up in a relatively poor environment, she still succeeds due to her hard work. My mother was born in Hong Kong. She has two brothers and two sisters. At the time when she was a child, Hong Kong was not a rich city. The majority of people were poor. In my mother’s family, since there are five children, they did not have sufficient income to maintain their lives. In this case, my mother needed to get a part-time job after school in order to reduce the family’s financial burden. According to my mother, she always worked till 11 pm every day. She added “這真的很辛苦。” [This was really very hard.] At that time, there were only a few ways to entertain. When my mother had spear time, she usually listened to the radio. She always said that “當時我很無聊,當我有時間的時候,我只能聽收音機。” [At that time I was bored. I could only listen to the radio when I had time.] When comparing to her, I grew up in an environment which had many kinds of entertainment. Watching television, playing computer games and surfing the Internet are major types of activities that we do after school. Since Hong Kong is richer when compared to the past, most of the kids do not need to get part-time jobs. These show that we grew up in different environment. Obviously, my mother faced more difficulties than me. Besides that, my mother thought that she was like living in a foreign country. In terms of race, more than 90% of Hong Kong people are Chinese. However, since Hong Kong was a British colony before 1997, our national identity was not clear. According to my mother, every time she traveled to another place, she had to say her...
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