Xiang Li was featured among the “20 Most Successful People in China” (1985)

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[Image on the right is the back of the cover page] Xiang Li is featured in the left most column on the top.

In 1985, Xiang Li was featured among the 20 Most Successful People in China. The book focused on stories related to their upbringing and soon it became required reading for elementary, middle and high schools.

Li’s story was listed under #9: She Walked Out a Colorful Path under the table of content. To provide some context, we are going to use this post to highlight brief intros of Li’s story along with the rest of the 19 people who were (and some still are) extraordinary in their fields. We’ll follow with a separate post to highlight the translation of Li’s story in a few days.

  • The wings of a baby bird
    • Storyline: The beginning of Ma Yanhong’s gymnastic career.
    • About: Ma Yanhong was the first Chinese gymnast, male or female, to win a gold medal at the World Gymnastics Championships and the Olympic Games. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Yanhong
  • The cooking expert and his teachers
    • Storyline: The elementary and middle school days of Wang Renxing
  • Basketball and gold metal
    • Storyline: The student life of Wang Guangluen
  • The footsteps to the art palace
    • Storyline: The upbringing of movie star Fang Shu
    • About: Fang Shu is a mainland Chinese film actress. For her performance in Sunrise, Fang won Hundred Flowers Award for Best Actress, which adapted from Cao Yu’s second play. Her most remembered role is “Xiao Luobotou” in Eternity in Flames (1964). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fang_Shu
  • The Divine Bird
    • Storyline: The road of the opera singer Ye Peiying
    • About: Ye Peiying, a renowned opera singer in China, is known for the song “I Love You, China.”  The song demands the voice of a masterful soprano. It has been sung by many singers, but the version as rendered by Ye Peiying is regarded as the most beautiful one.
  • First Step in Life
    • Storyline: The young adulthood of writer Shi Tiesheng
    • About: Shi Tiesheng was a Chinese novelist, known for his story which was the basis of the film Life on a String. The China Daily stated regarding his essay about the park near where he lived, “Many critics have considered I and the Temple of Earth as one of the best Chinese prose essays of the 20th century.”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Tiesheng
  • Excellence of the Puliu House
    • Storyline: The young adulthood of writer Liu Shaotang
    • About: Liu Shaotang began to publish works at age 13 and became famous by the age of 15. He was called the “child prodigy” writer at the time. Liu Shaotang’s works created during his boyhood and youth include: collections of short stories, Green Leaves, The Song of Hawthorn, The Mid-autumn Festival, The Shed beside the Melon Patch, inspection Trip incognito; and the novels The Sound of Paddle on the Canal, and Summer. His works from this period were simple and elegant, full of vivid description of the beautiful rural landscape after the land reform movement.
  • The footsteps of a successful person
    • Storyline: The student life of Liu Houming
    • About: Liu Houming was author of many children’s books, columnist for the Beijing Federation of Literary and Art Circles, screenwriter at the Beijing People’s Art, deputy editor for the Oriental Youth, Children’s Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Vice Chairman of the All-China Youth Federation, and deputy director of the China Writers Association for Children’s Literature Committee.
  • She walked out a colorful path
    • Storyline:  The upbringing of artist Li Xiang
  • The footsteps of a climber
    • Storyline: The adulthood of Song Shixiong
    • About: Song Shixiong is a sports broadcaster and an ASA International Hall of Fame Inductee in 1995. (ASA: American Sportscasters Association): http://www.americansportscastersonline.com/songshixiong.htmlSong’s efforts as a sports broadcaster and commentator on China Central Television (CCTV), as Vice Chairman of the China Research Institute for Broadcasting, as a guest professor at Beijing’s Institute of Broadcasting, and Captain of the Chinese Star Football Team have made him a well-known and respected name in and out of China.
  • The Sentimental Dream
    • Storyline: The path of Song Xiaobo
    • About: Song Xiaobo is a basketball player and basketball coach from Beijing, China. She is perhaps the most celebrated woman basketball player of the 1970s era in China; as a player she had outstanding all around ball skills, a very high level of athleticism, and a clear, bright, driving work ethic. Song was outstanding at every position from guard to center and she enjoys acclaim as ‘China’s greatest female basketball player of all time’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_Xiaobo
  • Story of yesterday
    • Storyline: The adulthood of Lang Ping
    • About: “Jenny” Lang is a former Chinese volleyball player and the former head coach of the United States women’s national volleyball team. Her nickname is the “Iron Hammer”. In 2002, she became an inductee of the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She coached the U.S. National team to a silver medal in at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in her home country. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lang_Ping
  • Person from green sea and mountain
    • Storyline: The upbringing of Wu Sugong
  • From naughty to comedian
    • Storyline: The upbringing of comedian Jiang Kun
    • About: Jiang Kun is a Chinese comedian, specializing in the xiangsheng trade. A native of Beijing, China, he was a disciple of another renowned comedian, Ma Ji. Jiang Kun currently acts as deputy chairman of the Association of Chinese Folk Art. In 1976, he was transferred to the Central Radio Broadcasting Backstage Rap Group, whilst studying under Ma Ji. In 1985, Jiang Kun was elected Vice-Chairman of the Chinese Ballad Singers Association. In the same year, he replaced his mentor Ma Ji, and took on the duties as the Head of the China Radio Broadcasting Rap Group, and was also elected a member of the Standing Committee of the China Youth Federation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiang_Kun_(comedian)
  • The rhythm of life
    • Storyline: The upbringing of musician Shi Guangnan
    • About: Shi Guangnan was a Chinese composer, best known for his patriotic and nationalistic songs from the Cultural Revolution era that combined traditional melodies with westernized accompaniment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Guangnan
  • The crib of hope
    • Storyline: The upbringing of Nie Weiping
    • About: Nie Weiping is a professional Go player. Nie began learning Go at the age of nine and won the inaugural World Amateur Go Championship in 1979. Nie was given 9 dan rank in 1982. He became famous in the Go world after leading China to victory in the China-Japan Super matches, beating several top Japanese players including his teacher, Fujisawa Hideyuki. He earned the nickname “Steel Goalkeeper” for his ability to string together wins as the last Chinese player left. Nie won the Tianyuan twice, in 1991 and 1992. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nie_Weiping
  • A burning  heart
    • Storyline: The student years of Tao Xiping
    • About: Former Beijing party secretary for Education Secretary, assistant to the mayor of Beijing, the deputy director of Beijing Municipal People’s Congress, representative of the 7th, 8th, 9th, 13th and 14th National People’s Congress. Current advisor at the National Governor’s science, vice president of the Chinese Society of Education, chairman of Asia-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Association.
  • The solid foundation
    • Storyline: The middle school years of model worker Sui Shizhong
  • Seeding in Spring
    • Storyline: The nationally recognized entrepreneur Chong Li
  • Rough cuts
    • Storyline: The upbringing of movie director Xie Fei
    • About: Xie Fei is a world-recognized Chinese film director. Xie was born in Yan’an, Shaanxi Province. A graduate of the Beijing Film Academy, Xie has also taught at his alma mater as a vice-president of that institution. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xie_Fei_(director)
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