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Video: Tibetans in Beijing
11:04, March 26, 2010  

Hu Jinnima, a 25 years old Tibetan boy, is currently working as an editor of Timeout magazine in Beijing.

Host: Hello, Hu Jinnima.

Hu: Hello.

Host: This is the first time for you to visit People's Daily Online. Please say hello to our netizens.

Hu: Good morning, I'm Hu Jinnima. I'm very glad to be here.

Host: Could you please say "hello" in English?

Hu: Ok. Good morning everyone, I'm Hu Jinnima. I'm happy to see you!

Host: Thank you! First of all, I want to ask what your name stands for in Tibetan language. I guess many people want to know this the first time they meet you.

Hu: In fact, Hu has no exact meaning. It's just a family name. "Jinnima" means the rising sun.

Host: Why did you choose to work in Beijing in the beginning?

Hu: I want to do something related to the arts since I was very young. Beijing is a city full of opportunity and development space. At the same time, Beijing has entered the post-Olympic era and has showed to the world that it's an international city. All these things attracted me to have a try here.

Host: At the beginning when you first came to Beijing, have you found it hard to adapt tothe lifestyle or costume here?

Hu: Actually, Beijing is an inclusive city. You can find the lifestyle you want here. In my home town, it's hard for me to find some people who have the same habits and preferences, while I needn't to worry about this in Beijing. As long as I have my own thoughts, ideas and attitudes, it's always easy to find the "soil" which is suitable for me. In the aspect of life, Beijing is already perfect.

Host: Now you are working as an editor in Time Out magazine. Which part do you take responsibility for?

Hu: I mainly take responsibility for the interviews of the cover figures and the feature planning and executing, as well as some movie and film stars'introduction parts.

Host: Can you just introduce some of your works to us?

Hu: Ok. This is a special report of a movie star, Jiang Yiyan. I will plan this kind of character features every issue. Some of the characters are famous stars, while some others are ordinary people who have special characteristics. This one is a cover feature, called "city heroes." It is an election that we would hold one time per year. These winners are people who have made outstanding contributions to our city in different industries. This is a movie introduction which would introduce some new movies to the readers. This is also a signboard column of our magazine.

Host: You can always contact many famous stars during your work. Is there something quite impressive to you?

Hu: Em…, you mean some impressive things…?

Host: For example, some international stars

Hu: Well, if you mean international stars, yes. Last year I had an interview with Maggie Cheung. The famous stars in Hong Kong and Taiwan have always set good examples in the aspects of self-cultivation and occupational attitude, especially those who have been well-known for a long time. From the details of their addresses and appearances, you can find that they are improving themselves in the long term.

As we all know, Miss Cheung is a very kind person. When I was talking to her, I didn't feel she is a star that is so far from me. Our topics are quite normal and natural. For example, she told me that when she came to Beijing in the beginning, she really wanted to go shopping by bike. While you know it's impossible for her as every one knows her in China. But when she was living in Paris, she could enjoy this kind of freedom easily.

She told these stories to me naturally without any attempt to make herself appear to be a perfect woman. Maybe it's because she has achieved an actual level in her career, so she can face everything in a kind of calm attitude.

In the process of the interview, I can also learn a lot that is helpful in my life.

Host: Did your interviewees sometimes feel interested in you as a Tibetan?

Hu: Yes, but not too much. While some new friends and some foreigners seem more interested in my ethnic groups' background. They would like to know something related to Tibetan culture.

Host: What questions do they always ask?

Hu: I think most of the questions are boring ones such as "Why is a Tibetan living in
Beijing?" or, "Do you Tibetans eat some raw foods," or, "Do you have some religious affiliation?" I think these are the questions they feel interested in, but do not understand so much.

Host: Actually, I want to ask… Your religious affiliation is Tibetan Buddhism, right?

Hu: Yes, because all my family believes in Tibetan Buddhism. However, I'm more interested in and attracted by its philosophical part and its logic in explaining things in the universe. The traditional religious aspects are not as important to me.

Host: I heard that your father chose the traditional Chinese painting major for you.

Hu:Actually, I was interested in painting when I was very young and I didn't work so hard at that time. However, at the beginning, my choice was film. But I didn't prepare well enough for it and failed. So long as I'm skilled in painting, I chose the traditional Chinese painting major.

My father also said that this major can improve your painting technique and you can become a Tangka painter in future. Of course he was just kidding me, because Tangka painting is a very difficult work which needs really high technical skills. So it's hard to become a skillful Tangka painter. So I chose this major but I didn't do the related work after graduating from university. Instead, I work in the media-related industry.

Host: Did your father considered Tangka painting as a profitable career?

Hu: Well, maybe he just thought Tangka painting is related to my major and it's a hopeful career plan.

Host: Did you have access to Tangka when you were studying on campus?

Hu: My university was in Chengdu and we usually sketched in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. There are many temples there and sometimes we would meet the Tangka painters who were working. I was really interested in Tangka painting at that time.

Moreover, some painting techniques in Tangka are quite similar to those in traditional Chinese painting such as line drawing.

Host: Since this is your first time to visit People's Daily Online, how do you feel?

Hu: It's very large. And to be honest, I feel a little nervous.

Host: It doesn't matter. I can take you looking around our work area later after the program.

Hu: Thank you!

Host: Ok, this is the end of the program.

By People's Daily Online

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