During the Cultural Revolution, universities were closed so that most peasant families saw little value in schooling. Although the family supported Hua in her studies, she failed to gain a place at university after they reopened in 1977. Hua did manage to gain a position as a “substitute teacher” in a local school. Soon she met a man and they wanted to marry. The family however were unable to finance the marriage at the time, but Hua went ahead and married anyway. Following this, tension continued to develop between Hua and the family that lead to disagreements and hurt. Only in desperation did Hua and her husband seek reconciliation through a formal ceremony.