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Hold On To The Goodness

Hold On To The Goodness

On April 25, 2021, Chloé Zhao became the first woman of colour, the first Chinese woman and only the second woman ever to win the Academy Award for best director with her film Nomadland.

The film, which Zhao wrote, edited and produced, in addition to directing, also won Best Picture. 

During her acceptance speech, Zhao said: “I’ve been thinking a lot lately of how I keep going when things get hard. I think it goes back to something I learned when I was a kid.

“When I was growing up in China, my Dad and I used to play this game. We would memorise classic Chinese poems and texts, and we would recite them together and try to finish each other’s sentences.

“There’s one that I remember so dearly, it’s called the Three Character Classics. The first phrase goes… ‘People at birth are inherently good.’ Those six letters had such a great impact on me when I was a kid, and I still truly believe them today.

“Even though sometimes it might seem like the opposite is true, I have always found goodness in the people I met, everywhere I went in the world.

So this is for anyone who had the faith, and the courage to hold on to the goodness in themselves, and to hold on to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult is to do that.

“And this is for you. You inspire me to keep going.”

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Harvey Yan


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