‘The World Kisses My Soul With Its Pain. I Would Like To Return It In Songs.’
----The girl who is suffering from double audiovisual impairments, hopes to realize her college dream.
The beautiful girl, Cao Yihan
(Reporters Ren Ke and Li Shuangyan. Translator Yang Mengxia ).
She lives in a silent and grey world, but we can brace it in a colorful way. She has defective hearing and vision, but is still eager to obtain a beautiful life and to realize her future college dreams!
On August 30th, the reporters and our colleagues came to Zhengzhou (Henan) and met this beautiful girl with audiovisual impairments at Cao Yihan's home. Before the interview, I was full of curiosity on imagining on how Yihan’s appearance would be like. In a relatively "silent and vague world”, I wonder if she was in good shape, and then how would I "communicate” with her was another issue after being introduced. I doubt it whether Yi Han would be very sensitive or not and asked myself how would I adjust my reactions at any time according to her emotions or responses.
At eight o'clock on August 30th, the reporter came to Yihan's home. Yihan received the reporter with her mother and aunt. As soon as I saw the girl, all my previous concerns had vanished. She was a beautiful girl who was optimistic, cheerful and talked "eloquently". When the reporter saw Yihan, she was washing herself in the bathroom, putting things neatly in order, and putting up her hair tidily. It was almost impossible to know that the girl who loved wearing a white dress was "disabled" with double audio-visual obstacles. She provided a positive attitude and was full of hope. Her hardship had become the symbol of her life power: fighting hard and thriving to survive and overcoming her disability.
Yihan is 20 years old. About 5 years ago, her illness caused her eyesight to become almost blind, and her left eye only had light sense, whilst her right eye vision was less than 0.1. Hence her hearing was also seriously damaged. In general, people can hear sounds at 15 decibels, but her hearing was at 85 decibels. Now Yihan had to wear hearing aids and has slowly improved her condition compared to her previous state.
Now, Yihan lives together with her mother and younger sister Cao Yizhe. Her sister, aged 11, studies at a primary school; sixth grade. She usually takes care of her elder sister diligently. Her mother does not have a stable income. This is mainly due to the fact for several years has taken Yihan to visit specialized doctors all over the country.
Therefore, the family's financial situation has worsened. At present, she makes money by doing odd part-time jobs and shoulders all the burden of family’s financial problems alone. Yihan's mother is a wonderful person, hard-working and considerate with her own hard journey in life but having deeply engraved on her daughter's heart.
The documentary filmThe Phoenix Tree
It is often quoted. "When God closes the door for you, he will surely open a window ". It defines the power of God who will make up for our defects in other ways. The young girl in red, looking up to the sky in the above movie poster ‘The Phoenix Tree’is the beautiful girl Yihan, when she was 12 years old. It is due to her double audiovisual impairments that makes her world extremely quiet and monotonous. However, she can't hear or see the world around her and asks herself. ‘doesn’t the world exist?’ The silent world became her focal point, and whatever she did would be done with, extreme care and earnest. Not only did she learned braille and sign language, but also how to write, take pictures, draw software, and use WeChat, posting moments and so on.
Unyieldingly, she tried her upmost to capture all the information from the outside world in a faint visual and auditory sense. The warm-hearted girl, who often helps others take pictures and beautifies them, can find the most beautiful aspect of all the things. She has a remarkable memory, and still remembers what happened a few years ago.
A girl with a double audio-visual impairment, can often help others, and learn a lot of skills with a tenacious perseverance, even making more efforts than a abled person!
Yihan has a bright lamp in her heart and a world at her fingertips. Disability is not disability, but God made other arrangements for her to have another way to live. Her weak eyesight and hearing prevented her from seeing and hearing the world in front of her, but she had another form of communicating with the outside world, by her heart.
Helen Keller, a famous American female writer, is her idol. Helen Keller had completed 14 books and created miracles in the silent world. Yi Han is not a "docile" girl and didn't resign to fate although she is in the same situation. She is optimistic and cheerful who has her own dreams and needs to be self-reliant, wanting to go to college, opening her own clothing store and becoming her own boss...She does not only has dreams, but also works hard to achieve them. Using the borrowed braille books to learn, she speaks vaguely and stubbornly asking countless questions about the world every day, to her mother or volunteers to help search for answers. She also likes to post moments on WeChat, and the passage is logical, organized, and you cannot tell it's written by a disabled girl at all. As long as you work hard, there will be gains, as long as there are dreams, it is possible to become a reality. Yihan's university dream will surely be realized through the casting of time and space.
She took and retouched the pictures by herself
Yihan's mother, Ms. Zhang, sobbed several times during the interview with the reporter. She mentioned the previous experiences that she went through around the country to cure her illness. She even had the idea of giving her own eyes to her daughter. The maternal love made her willing to give everything to her daughter, and now she strongly supports her college dream. Although her eyes and ears are impaired, her IQ is not affected. She is a smart and studious girl, and in the face of a problem, she always persists to the bottom of the matter.
People with disabilities also have the right to pursue and enjoy a healthy lifestyle like ourselves. To overcome the obstacles in their lives, it is not enough to rely on their own efforts and family support. For many groups of disabled people, it is hoped that we can truly implement their whole stage in education, and not just to a certain level but beyond (many special education schools are now only for primary and secondary education).
A determined, loving mother wants to fulfill her daughter’s wishes and desires in order for her imperfect daughter to have a "skill" to survive in the future. Our society is based on love and beauty, and we sincerely hope that the capable, warm-hearted people and professional schools, institutions, etc. can provide this beautiful girl with financial support or help towards curing her illness , so that the winged angel has a chance to fly. Do not let this diligent, intelligent, strong, smiling girl be abandoned but to have a chance to fight for her dreams.
Her life will develop in a good natural way, as long as we give Cao Yihan an opportunity. There is truth, goodness and beauty in the world "The world's kiss is no longer a pain, and she will return to society with gratitude.".