Who you admire most in the history?
One of the historical figures that I admire the most would be Thomas Alva Edison. He was an American Inventors who lived at the end of the eighteenth century. It is said that Edison was one of the greatest inventors in the world, as he had found more than 1000 inventions during his time.
Do you like (to learn about) history?
Yes, I am a big fan of reading historical stories. When I was a little boy, I always took some historical books from my father’s bookshelf and read the historical events. I feel that history not only can cultivate my mental development, but also give me a better picture of human society.
What historical event do you find most interesting?
Personally I am fond of the Battle of Red Cliffs happened in the early period of Three Kingdoms, which was a decisive battle at the end of the Han Dynasty. It was also the typical battle in Chinese history renowned for the fewer and weaker defeating the more and stronger.
Do you think history is important?
Yes, the main factor is that like our native language, history forms a cultural identity and keeps a unique record of country, and also we can learn the experiences from history to correct our current actions.
Do you like to watch programmes on TV about history?
Yes, I enjoy watching some documentaries about history on TV because I can see a lot of video materials that cannot be seen in the textbooks. I always watch them at home during my time off with my son to learn something about history.
Do you think you can really learn history from films and TV programmes?
I don’t feel that watching the current TV series can make you be aware of the history, you know, TV programmes are more engaging than books, however the true historical events in most of the TV series have been distorted by the producers to cater for the audience. It’s really shame as the young people will misunderstand the history by these irresponsible productions.
Do you think the internet is a good place to learn about history?
Yes. History is full of debates so you can find both of the two sides of opinion online which will help you be aware of the true facts and think critically. I always google some engaging historical materials about the Song Dynasty, for example, to know about the truth.
Have you learned something from historical movies?
Of course, quite a lot. The study of history is essential as it provides us with real life case studies that can be learned from. I can learn from their mistakes, made by previous generations so that I can avoid those mistakes for myself.