作者 | 深圳鼎益丰王梦涛
作者 | 王夢濤
編輯 | 黎嘉雯 圖片 | 江美華
Smile That Melts Hearts – Ma Xiaoqiu
Author | Wang Mengtao
It was on one afternoon in 2014 that I met President Ma Xiaoqiu for the first time. At that time Zhichong Culture had been founded for more than two years. Although it was a cultural company, it didn’t have any mature and decent cultural product or service, so it was not into actual operation. The design, development and incubation of cultural products, especially traditional cultural products, was a long process. I was already out at the elbows at that time as I hadn’t got any steady income for a long time.
Upon the introduction by my friend, I came to Ding Yifeng. In fact, I didn’t have any hope for investment that day. Though Zhichong was in urgent need of fund, I was still blindly optimistic and retained the arrogance of cultural people. I didn’t think that anyone could understand what I called mission and the way that I was immersed in it.
At that time, the office of President Ma Xiaoqiu was not luxurious at all. It covered an area of a few square meters with only an office table. My friend and I sat on a meditation bed near the door and there was a small tea table on the bed. Exquisite ornaments were placed on both office table and tea table, making the slightly crowded office quite stylish. I watched the woman in front of my eyes carefully. She dressed herself properly and behaved gracefully, and her smile was very charming. Sometimes, I was a quite stereotyped person who was very sensitive to smile. Perhaps this was because of my experience of several study tours and pilgrims. Only smiles that overflew naturally from inner heart could really touch me. I was touched by her smile.
After a few words of greetings, President Ma Xiaoqiu asked about my company. I briefly described the status quo and tried my best to explain what I called mission in a way that she could understand. After I learned that she was very proficient in clothes, I decided to shift the focus of our conversation to clothes. After I described Chinese style dress to her, i.e. the Han Chinese clothing that we see nowadays in the exhibition hall of Zhichong, I gained her recognition and admiration immediately.
I cannot remember the following conversation clearly. I only remember that she took us to a teahouse ten minutes later or so and made and served tea to us on her own. I didn’t know that this was highly courteous reception at that time until I enquired people afterwards. She seldom did so, but she did so to me perhaps due to respect for me or perhaps because of the recognition of my adherence to traditional culture like her.
President Ma Xiaoqiu invited Chairman Sui Guangyi to join us. I briefly described my company’s planning and future prospects via computer. About over ten minutes later, Chairman Sui pondered for a while and said, “OK”. President Ma Xiaoqiu looked at me with smile and said, “Teacher Dameng, we invest one million yuan!” I forgot what happened later.
Grace, courage and spirit are my entire impression of President Ma Xiaoqiu when I met her for the first time. Of course, what is the most memorable to me nowadays is not the one million yuan but her baby-like smile that can melt my heart.
Editing | Li Jiawen Photo | Jiang Meihua