Xu Hu


| 1994

| Graphic designer

| Born and raised in Wuhan


Interview on 9 Feb 2020



Q | How are you now? And How often do you go out?

Since the lockdown of Wuhan on January 23, I haven't been out for a week except once to receive express downstairs.

Our food supply is sufficient. It's just sometimes that the vegetables are sold out quickly. Now I mainly eat plants, carrots, and some bacon and beef that are previously stored. Every day, I tend to cook meat with different vegetables. I occasionally eat hot pot, but my breakfast is mainly noodles.



Q | After reading news about the coronavirus on social media, how do you feel?

Our company started the holiday on January 18, and in the next following days, I heard that the epidemic was getting worse. At the same time, I began to see the statements attacking Wuhan people on the Internet, such as "you, Wuhan people carry the virus and still run around".

Until the morning of January 23, while my father was going to work in the morning, he learned that Wuhan had been locked down. At the time, we, including other Wuhan people, were shocked, even though it was reasonable given the circumstances.

I felt that I was locked up in a siege, and people outside the wall were continually blaming Wuhan people for eating wild animals, running around with virus, and so on. My mood is very complicated. The feeling can only be understood by those who are in the very centre of the epidemic. On one hand, it's the panic caused by the spread of the Coronavirus, and on the other hand, it's the pressure of the public opinions on us. The ordinary people in which we live can do nothing but suffer in this way. In these blames, the most accused one is about the escape of Wuhan people. Many people said, "You, Wuhan people got Coronavirus and then escaped. Isn't this so bad?" But the fact is, many people went out just before knowing the outbreak of the epidemic.

My home is only 1.5 kilometres away from the South China Seafood Market. Just before the outbreak, I used to go to the optical shop next to the market for my new glasses. I didn't know anything at the time. Now I feel a little scared. The first time I heard about the virus was on December 30, and it was soon rumoured by the government, saying it was preventable and controllable. So I didn't take it seriously. However, young people seemed to be more sensitive and cautious. On New Year's Eve, I went to Jianghan Road with friends, and I remember that 80% of them were already wearing masks without exaggerating.



Q |What do you think of the people who left Wuhan during the eight hours before the lockdown of the city?

As for those who fled Wuhan eight hours before the lockdown of the city, although I feel that I have an obligation to stay and defend my city, and I must not give the virus a chance to infect others, I could not ask everyone to do so. Because in front of life, people are inevitably selfish. And many people who currently stay in Wuhan have been suffering from psychological breakdowns and traumas, which is very painful. Therefore, I can't comment on this as it's too complicated.


Q | Do you still feel positive about the situation?

Up to now, my mentality is generally ok. In 2020, I hope I can live a good life and cherish the present. The people around me are getting more positive and silently contributing to the fight against the epidemic. But on the other hand, every day I see an increase in the number of confirmed and severe cases in Wuhan. I know that the entire city of Wuhan is doing its best to fight. I hope that the epidemic will end as soon as possible.

I see that medical personnel across the country, including the PLA, are supporting Wuhan. I'm very touched. Thank you, people, across the country, and we are sorry to be the "trouble maker."



Q | What is the most significant character of the Wuhanese? Where can we see that through some stories?

I think the most prominent personality traits of Wuhan people are open-minded and upright. When the epidemic first appeared, the people in Wuhan showed "mò āi lǎo zǐ (莫挨老子)", meaning "stay away from me". We are sharp on the surface, but panicky inside.

A noticeable change brought by the epidemic is that the city has become extremely quiet. The sound of cars and people suddenly has disappeared, and instead, I hear more birdsongs every day, which makes me think a lot. I feel that human beings made an impact on nature, sometimes even destructions. We vigorously develop cities for the sake of being prosperous, but we are blindly pursuing rapid development and forgetting the root.


Q | What local food do you love most?

I used to go to the company at the last minute every morning. I usually buy a bowl of hot noodles with sesame paste on the road and eat while running. I miss it now. I also want to eat Doupi (a pan-fried delicacy of glutinous rice and minced meat) and Siu Mai next to the Nineteenth Middle School. Also, soy milk, fritters and the salty doughnut, I feel very energetic even just thinking about them.


Q| Do you have any plan after the epidemic? And what is you biggest dream for Wuhan?

When the epidemic is over, I want to take a trip to see the surrounding countries, people there, and different lifestyles. I also want to see how they see me, the people from Wuhan. I want to feel it for myself.

Now our whole company is working online - we check-in in the WeChat group or by DingDing, and report for work in the afternoon.

My biggestwish for Wuhan is to hope it gets better soon. I want to see Wuhan with traffic, sincerely. As for how to help Hubei, except for medical resources, psychological comfort is also vital to people in the affected areas - you know, even a slogan can warm people's hearts. | TripCell