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Go to China -- Young Americans chase dreams in a fast growing economy

2019-02-17 00:00:00 作者:admin 栏目:未知

HavingspottedhislatestvideoplayingonahugeLEDscreenintheTimesSquaredownbelow,JustinScholarboltedfromhischairandrushedouthisiPhonetryingtorecorditthroughthegiantwindowofXinhuaNorthAmerica'sofficeatthetopfloorofahigh-riseinMidtownManhattan,NewYorkCity.

Theinterestingepisodetookplacewhenthe25-year-oldyoungmanfromU.S.stateofNewJerseywaswrappingupaninterviewwithXinhualastmonth.

"It'ssortoftheAmericandreamtoseeyournameupinlights,right?"saidtheexcitedvideoproducerandmusician.

"YOURDREAMISTHERE"

ThevideothathelpedScholarfulfillhis"Americandream"wasshotandproducedinChina,whereScholarislivingandworkingasamediacompanyowner.

AftertakinghisfirstMandarinclassbackinhighschoolsevenyearsago,ScholarlistedChinaasafuturedestinationandmadehisfirsttriptoShanghaiin2015throughastudy-abroadprogramwhenhewasastudentinNewYorkUniversity.

"Shanghaiisanincrediblyefficient,moderncity,"saidScholar."Tohavethisimpeccablyaccurateandfastmetroandtohaveverycleanstreetsandbrightlightsatnight,andpeoplepouringinbythethousands...that'sjustasuccessstoryofamillennium."

Theyoungmanfellinlovewiththecity,whereheatealotofauthentic"xiaolongbao"orlittlesteamedmeatbuns,andfeltsafewalkingonthestreetat3a.m.Hespentmostofthetimelearninginkandwashpainting,calligraphyandChineseinstrumentGuzheng,whichenrichedhissetofartisticskillswithatouchofeasternaesthetics.

ScholarfeltShanghai'scallforgreaterbusinessprosperitywithforeignparticipationasthelocalgovernment"opensitsdoors,offeringnewbusinessvisasandnewincentivesforbusinessestocome."

HechosetogobacktoShanghaionhis24thbirthdaywithanaspirationtolaunchhisowncompanywhenhiscareerathomewasalreadythrivingaftermakingcommercialsforbignamessuchasCocaColaandJaguar.

"Ireallyfeltinspiredtogoback.AndfinallyItellthem,thisiswhat'sinmyheart;thisiswhatIwanttodo.Itfeelslikeeveryounceofmybodyissaying,gobacktoChina.Yourdreamisthere.Yourlifeisthere,"Scholarsaid.

Sofar,thecompanyScholarstartedwithhisChinesebusinesspartnerhasproducedsome15videosforpopicons,fashionistas,andartmuseums.ThevideothatplaysatTimesSquare--atourismpromotionalfilmforsouthwestChina'sChongqingcity,wastheirfirstprojectcontractedbyalocalgovernmentinChina.

CarrieFeyerabend(2ndR)prepareswithotherperformersbeforeaperformanceattheStateUniversityofNewYorkatBuffalo(UB)inBuffalo,NewYorkState,theUnitedStates,onNov.16,2018.(Xinhua/WangYing)

"WHERETHEFUTUREISHAPPENING"

AftergraduatingfromColumbiaUniversityin2012,ZakDychtwaldembarkedonajourneyofexplorationtoChina,where"everyonewassayingthefuturewashappening."

"TheChinathatwasbeingdescribedtomebackhomewasworldsapartthantheChinathatIwasactuallyexperiencing,"the28-year-oldfromtheU.S.stateofCaliforniatoldXinhua.

DychtwaldhasrecentlyrelocatedtoNewYorkCitywherehehasfoundedathinktankandconsultancyfocusedon"YoungChina"--providingauniquelensforAmericanbusinessesandorganizationstobetterunderstandandgrabChinaopportunities.

Thereareover300millionEnglishlearnersinChina--mostlymillennials,comparedwith1millionChineselearnersintheUnitedStatesandthedrasticcomparisoncontributedtoasignificantimbalanceofmutualunderstandingbetweenthetwocountriesas"languagehasbeenagreatproxyforunderstanding,"Dychtwaldsaid.

TheAmericanyoungmanwhospeaksfluentMandarinwasimpressedbyhisChinesepeers'unparalleledlifeexperiencesduringhiscourseofresearchinvariouspartsofthecountry.

"There'sthisyounggenerationwhofeelsthatthey,asapeople,asacultureareontherise,thatthey'reproudtobeChinese,thattheydon'tnecessarilywantwesternstuffjustbecauseit'swestern...There'srecognitionthatwhatChina'screatingtodayisspecialandworthbeingproudof,"saidDychtwald.

ManyoftheChinesemillennialsgrewupwatchingwesternmovies,TVseries,followingwesternfashion,andhavedevelopeda"nuanced"and"intimate"understandingofwesternculture,hesaid.

Apartfromlanguagebarrier,DychtwaldsaidmanyAmericansarestillharboringaperceptionofChina"that'sstillstuckinthe1990sand2000s,"andhisAmericanpeerswerebroughtupbyagenerationwhoweresomewhatinfluencedbyaColdWarmentality.

"Myhopeisthatthereismoreeffortfrombothsidestocreaterealunderstanding,notjust(of)slogans,notjust(of)politicalspeeches,butofpeople,"hesaid,addingthathehopestohelpbuildthebridgebetweentheworld'stwobiggesteconomies.

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