This article was first published in the “Student Student Student” public account (ID: GH_115C8BC5E5C1), and “Intellectual” was reproduced.
On April 22, 2021, the American Academy of Humanities and Sciences announced the latest list of academicians, including 9 Chinese, including Li Feifei, a computer scientist at Stanford University. This is the third academician title of the Academician of the National Academy of Engineering and the academician of the National Medical College.
Unlike other “ABC” children, Li Feifei arrived at the United States at the age of 16. In her own words, it was like “a tree that is growing up, and the leaves were originally made on its homeland and flowers were bloomed. Suddenly pulled up, and then moved to another piece of land. “
From the Seventh Middle School of Chengdu, China, to Princeton University and California Institute of Technology; the little girl who never adapted to American language and culture to the Chinese elite in the high -tech field of Silicon Valley, how did Li Feifei become the top Chinese scientists step by step? In July 2001, the author interviewed Li Feifei in the home of Feifei, New Jersey, USA, and recorded her growth and transformation.
Written article | Chen Yi’s view
Li Feifei is the first Professor of Sequoia at the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University. He is also the co -director of the Danien Family of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, the Human Center of Stanford University. He has served as the vice president of Google and chief scientist of Google Cloud AI/ML.
In February 2020, Li Feifei was elected as an academician of the National Academy of Engineering. Of the seven Chinese members elected, she was the only female scientist; in May of the same year, she served as a new independent director of the board of directors of Twitter. Essence
As a Chinese elite in the high -tech field of Silicon Valley, in addition to the factors and factors of the time and place, her success comes from her own vitality. On July 31, 2001, the author interviewed Li Feifei, who was busy in the home of Li Feifei, New Jersey, the east coast of the United States.
We can see traces from the life trajectory full of ideals and dreams 20 years ago:
From 1988 to 1992, Li Feifei studied in Chengdu Seventh Middle School, China. In September 1992, he entered a middle school in the east coast of the United States. Li Feifei entered the US high school in the 11th grade. In the case of language culture, the 800 scores of SAT English parts were only about 600 points, but she was admitted by the University of Princeton, the United States. Chinese students with excellent academic academics abound. However, it is not easy for the students who have obtained two highest scholarships at the same time as Princeton University at the same time. However, at the time of graduation, they resolutely gave up high -paying and higher vocational schools, and chose to go to Tibet to experience adventure. Girls with bitter bitterness are even more rare.
Interview with the capture before parting-July 31, 2001
Why can Li Feifei become the top world -class Chinese scientists? Let us walk into her world together.
01 Dialogue Li Feifei
Chen Yi Vision: When we came to the United States at the age of 16, what was the biggest shock in your life?
I seem to be a tree that is growing up. Originally formed a leaf on its homeland, blooming flowers, but it was pulled up all at once, and then it was moved to another land. It was my shock when I first arrived in the United States.
Chen Yi: In the United States, you have lived for more than ten years. So, do you think you are an American or Chinese?
Of course I am Chinese, do you know? Don’t laugh, don’t laugh. When I was very young, I vowed: If one day I go to the Nobel Prize, I must receive the prize as a Chinese. Even a dream? Dreams can always make people do it. I respect the choice of others for whether they are Chinese or foreigners, but I am a Chinese.
02 Dilemma in the U.S. -High -sen era
Chen Yi View: When you arrived in the United States, it was just the age of the second grade of high school.
The differences in Chinese and Western culture in any child who came to study in the United States is the biggest impact. When I first came, my father did a very hard work. My English is not enough, so I started ESL English tuition class. In the US high school, reading content is very different from domestic, and it feels very different.
Before coming, I was selected in the Seventh Middle School of Chengdu Province. Domestic education is very standardized. There are more than 60 students in a class. Everyone stays together for a few years. I have the same school and the same courses. Everyone enjoys the same dream. Same. As a student, we become one of the symbols in digital statistics. Each key middle school has a few percent of the ratio, and you are part of the ratio. However, these are different in the United States.
In fact, the United States I face at once, as I saw in domestic movies, the capitalism I imagined is huge. Maybe I lived in the suburbs of the United States all at once, and there was no skyscraper around the surrounding area. What other people said that the BMW said, where is Mercedes running?
Chen Yi Vision: Talk about your high school culture?
High school culture in the United States is completely different from domestic. More specifically, in the high school in the United States, everyone is full of vitality, and everyone has their own free choice. When I came to campus for the first time, I heard that I could choose a course, which was really startled. For example: painting, I liked it since I was a child. When I was in high school, I had no art classes. Because I can choose a high -end art class, I am very surprised. The course selection is flexible. This refers to the education part. However, when we talk about the relationship with the teacher, we are all sincere.
However, when the students here are facing the teacher, or when they are dissatisfied with the school behavior, they closed their mouths and said, “They are hired by my parents before tax, and teach me.” The entire way of thinking of American children and our domestic children’s ideas, It seems to be reversed. When it comes to the embarrassment of my English, my English is too bad, and I almost understand nothing. Before I washed in my hands, I had to look at whether the man went in or the female in. I was afraid of a joke.
Li Feifei’s early photos
Chen Yi View: As you come to the middle school children, what other issues do you have to face in addition to the above?
That was to make friends, then I was very lonely. Think about when you face children aged 16 or 17, they don’t know how to associate with peers with different cultures, plus our language is not unreasonable. Our Chinese children still care about learning, so we seem to be nerd. American classmates attach great importance to their extra -curricular activities. In the first year, due to the serious obstacles of your language, you can’t participate whatever you want to participate. You can’t participate with the campus culture, and your relationship with your classmates cannot tolerate it.
Chen Yi: It can be understood that the real situation of the United States cannot be imagined before it comes. At the age of 16, what is the biggest shock in your life?
Shock? I seem to be a tree that is growing up. Originally formed a leaf on its hometown, blooming flowers, but it was pulled up all at once, and then moved to another land. Struggling is the shock when I first arrived in the United States.
Chen Yi: There are many children in the country who are going to study abroad like you. If their parents are not around, what will happen?
Due to people. As saying in English: swim or sink. Chinese means “swim or flood.” If a child is strong enough, goals, and ambitions, I feel that this pressure and shock will come out of the impact of life. However, some children will lose themselves and they will be very lost, because the cultural impact is too large, and they cannot grasp themselves.
Chen Yi: What can parents play around?
Although my parents were around, they had to be busy with their livelihood. This was the hardships of many first generations of immigrants. They were in their forties in their forties. They had no American degree and no language ability, but they worked hard. What role does parents play? They brought me self -esteem, self -reliance, and self -effort. When it comes to “self -esteem”, I think self -esteem is very important. When we were young, we talked about “self -esteem”. It was an individual’s self -esteem. When we reached an adult, “self -esteem” became a burden on relatives or society. The “self -esteem” of the layer is the most Chinese self -esteem. Of course, some parents are around, and they feel more warm, and their mental encouragement is also very great.
Childhood Li Feifei and his parents
03 Open the window of multiculturalism
Chen Yi: I think you emphasize that you are a Chinese belief. Can you talk about it in detail?
My behavior cannot only represent myself, although the United States is a very important society of individual culture. After all, I am a yellow skin and black hair. In the first year, I insisted on writing Chinese and foreign juvenile magazines in China. This is a domestic magazine. Maybe it sounds fake? However, this really supports the faith in a few years when I first came to high school: I am a Chinese child, and my behavior must be responsible for my own nation.
I want to tell your own story that it is a “Beijing boy who was beaten by white children on high school campuses”. This is why I repeatedly said to myself: “Self -esteem, we must fight for the Chinese.”
The second year I came to the United States. During the school class, a white boy unreasonably bullied a girl who had just come from Beijing. Because it was a new immigrant, English was not good. When such a situation appeared on the campus, a male classmate who came from Beijing really didn’t see it. He resolutely stepped forward to protect the innocent bullied compatriots around him. The Chinese boy is a little shorter than the white student who is tall and big, and he is much smaller. The Chinese children just came out to protest. They were kicked to the ground by this unreasonable American student. Hit, kick again.
At that time, there were a lot of classmates who looked at the lively, but no student came forward to stop. Later, a Chinese boy who had just come from abroad and even said in English was persuaded. However, his power was really thin. At that time Also in the crowd, I was so anxious to do something. I was desperately shouting, but the American students around me were indifferent. The whole atmosphere made you feel helpless. Attack lightly. After the incident, I have been actively participating in the investigation and processing of the incident, standing up, and embarrassed to the school. In the entire trial process, only one American teacher was very fair. Most of the other American students, as witnesses, had a very secretive attitude.
In other words, try to press the seriousness of the incident as much as possible. As a result, this Chinese child was severely encephalically shocked, although he finally received the rescue that some Chinese communities won for him. However, the family of Chinese children is a new immigrant in itself. The understanding of American society is half -knowledge, coupled with the language failure. In such a serious incident, the student who was beaten only punished him for three days. The place of no longer sent.
However, what is really unfair is that after a year, the white boy was also pushed into another white boy to the flower in the flower, and this white student was immediately fired by the school, and the previous one was the first time, and the previous one was fired, and the previous one What about things? The physical and mental health to Chinese children causes such a serious disaster.
Of course I am very angry. Others can say that similar incidents do not happen every day, but there are too many times in my life. I have not encountered such a brutal encounter, but those who are laughed at behind them, ridiculed that you wo n’t speak English, laugh at you, you ca n’t say clearly, and it ’s awkward.
(ENGLISH As Second Language English is second language, non -mother tongue language)
The children in the class are new immigrants from the United States.
(American Born Chinese Born in the United States)
They will not take the initiative to come to us. Not only do they not like the children in the ESL class, but they do not have a sense of identity at all, so they have hardly dealt with each other.
Chen Yi View: Listening to you, I feel that as a first -time student, the days are not easy, so how did you come here?
Domestically made me a very solid basic education basic education. At that time, I held a Chinese and English dictionary in my hand. I remember that biological lessons are my most painful course, because there are too many professional nouns, at least dozens of words in each page in the textbook. I just face the daily pressure, and I don’t think much about the future? Maybe in the language, I didn’t obviously say: I want to overcome it, I want to win. However, self -improvement, self -esteem has become part of my life. Not only are they come from individual sense, but they also have the overall meaning. Efforts and gains believe that it will definitely be the result of proportional.
Chen Yi: In the United States, you have lived for nearly ten years. So, do you think you are an American or Chinese?
Of course I am Chinese, do you know? Don’t laugh, don’t laugh. When I was very young, I vowed: If one day I go to the Nobel Prize, I must receive the prize as a Chinese. Is it a dream? Dreams can always make people do it. I respect the choice of others for whether they are Chinese or foreigners, but I am a Chinese.
Chen Yi View: In the United States, few people answered this question as clear as you, especially the immigrants after the second generation. Do they all feel incompetent lost? This is the so -called “middle, no, not the ocean.”
I should understand them better than the older generation, even if they do not agree with them. For me, I am happy to find my answer for myself.
Li Feifei reported in the early years
Chen Yi View: You have always lived between Chinese and Western culture, so you can talk about Chinese culture, or Western culture, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages to you?
I don’t think the advantages or disadvantages of all parties should talk alone. I think my advantage is exactly after I experienced two cultures. My disadvantage is between these two cultures, but I can’t give up. My advantage can be: one more path and more culture than most of the peers, in this case, there is an extra level to examine yourself. For example: the topic of “national self -esteem”. Before coming, it is similar to most Chinese people.
First, hate invading the Japanese in China. Second, the five -star flag rises anywhere, and will feel that it is the revitalization of the nation, and the third prejudice against the non -ferrous nation. I think this is brought from my past culture. In the process, when he was also a colorful race, he has been reviewed, discriminated against, and has been helped by good people among many other ethnic groups. Some of the original world views are like a window. Let yourself make a simple or narrow nation in a larger content to review.
Another example: The second year of the undergraduate students of Princeton University, 1997, is the 60th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre. At that time, I organized seven or eight undergraduates of Princeton to invite scholars from all over the world to invite me. Participate in the speech, report, communication. Throughout the meeting, more than 300 scholars from all over the world participated. This incident is very shocking to me. As a Chinese, I can’t let the world forget this history, especially the trauma of this catastrophe to the Chinese. Regarding the content and discussion of this meeting, we spent several years before sorting up the editor. Our own books will be published in 2001.
For the historical trauma that has not been smooth, as the Chinese, we are full of passion and indignation. However, the most important belief in this meeting is not a problem between the Chinese and the Japanese alone, but the crime of human beings itself. It is a clarification of human historical issues to extend this incident to human perspective. I experienced two cultures, and this window opened. I stand at a higher angle to examine this environment.
When it comes to Western culture, the biggest impact on me is the attention of human nature. Overall, when I deal with people, when I deal with small things, I will care more about the spiritual world of the person, and there are many ideological things.
04 Speaking from an interview with Princeton University
Chen Yi View: Talk about your experience of enrollment interviews. How many years later, what else can you remember?
What I can remember, I think it is my passion from my heart. At that time, the examiner of the interview asked me what to do in the future? I have loved nature since I was a child. After experiencing two cultures, science itself is the product of culture. The science of the East and the West has actually condensed the essence of many Eastern and Western cultures. I have this ability and conditions. To understand and understand the scientific system under these two cultures. I am doing a bridge myself, I want to engage in life sciences. Many east -west culture cannot be assimilated, but they can learn from each other.
I am scientific, it is not a picture that can be explained. The concept of modernity should be a progress in philosophy. Oriental’s scientific philosophy has always been a very macro. For example,: Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, and Indian medicine, they actually regard the universe as a macro as a balance. For example, the balance of yin and yang, the balance of various ingredients of Tibetan medicine, attach great importance to individuals and environment. If life sciences, it is a coordination of the universe.
Talking about Western philosophy in turn, it is a so -called Reductionism
It believes that the world is the smallest particle
As a blocking block
, And what happened. The science of the West for nearly two or three hundred years has pushed this philosophy to a very high peak, and life medicine is also part of it. It constantly decomposes from human tissue to cells, to DNA, from bacteria to viruses, always from macro to micro. In the study of people’s lives, I think that both sides have limitations, that is, the micro -western ignoring the coordination of the environment and the coordination of people, which is also a problem that the West has begun to pay attention to and research. In Eastern philosophy, Western science is lacking.
Why does Chinese medicine treat chronic diseases better than treating acute diseases, because chronic diseases need to be coordinated, and acute diseases need to be from high -scientific Pin Point. This is the defect in Oriental Medicine. Of course, this is just the most general impression. Science itself, whether it is the West or the East, is rigorous. This is also the beauty of science.
Chen Yi said: Your father once told me that when he applied for Pu Da, the interviewer saw you for two hours. At that time, he waited outside, and he felt more hopeful?
It was my father’s own feelings. When I walked out of the trial, I was very ordinary. After all, I came too late. I really did not expect to be accepted by Princeton University. When I graduated from high school, I only reported to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Rogers, and the University of Princeton. The results were admitted because I liked a university with a comprehensive humanities, so Princeton University is my first choice. The main subject I chose at the time was physics.
Chen Yi: Why read physics?
I believe that physics is the highest subject in the science and philosophy of the West. Because of physics training my logical thinking ability, it consolidates the highest and deeper creativity of Western science. It is the most beautiful discipline. I know I want to follow the path of life science myself, so I took a non -traditional path. Many people, if you want to engage in life science, you must choose a biological major first, and I need a different way to stimulate my imagination.
Chen Yi: Where do these ideas come from?
There is a mentor factor, I encountered a very good teacher, and they treated me very well. But what do you want to do? How to do is a firm belief that has been injected into the bottom of the heart. This is what I call the advantage between the two cultures -it gives me a special perspective of looking at the world.
Li Feifei Graduation Photo
Chen Yi Vision: When is it back to China for the first time?
For the first time in 1995, the second time in 1999, from 1999 to 2000, he lived another year in Tibet. After coming out, I can finally return to China for the first time, and I am happy, so I have not even been interested in participating in important high school graduation ceremonies, let alone, when I graduate, it seems that American children have been preparing for high school graduation. Dance. I was so back like an arrow. As soon as the plane landed, I felt that I could lie on the ground and kiss the land.
I think I am still very Chinese. However, the way of thinking, my friends and I have begun to open away. In terms of world view, their concept of the United States is a society full of violence and blood, money, material, and Hollywood beauty and McDonald’s flower world. But for me, the Western world is much more real.
I have gone through what is the way to the United States. The hardships of those years have not experienced my friends of the same age, and there is no chance of experience. At this stage of life, I found that I had crossed a lot. When I went to the United States for four years, they had already attended college because China had only three years in high school.
In 1998, the gap was even greater. In the United States, I always knew what I was going to do. In the past few years, I have worked hard for the goal. After going to college, the goal became dazed. Although many friends in the country did not follow the current, they have been preparing GRE, TOEFL, and they have to go abroad. After many years, some came out, but the mood after coming out was different from me.
For their purpose of going abroad, it is an increase in investment in life. For me, it is a change in life, and the concept is completely different. After they came, they were disappointed. For example, some people think that anyone who thinks can come here to do business and fish in the United States, but gradually discover that this is not the case at all. Of course, I think that the blind spots in the United States are related to media publicity in the market.
05 The Himalayas thought of death
Chen Yi View: Are you studying doctors and go to Tibet again and talk about the journey of the university graduation stage?
When graduating from college, we can choose two ways. After graduating from university in 1999, the American work market is a bull market. From Princeton University, it is not that I find a job. I wait for me to wait for me. Although it is a high -paying starting point. Although the employment opportunities are very optimistic, I have never given up on me for a long time. The belief in my heart, I think my way is not an ordinary way.
I know that what I want is not a work that is famous, not just to sit in Wall Street, consult a one -piece number, or get a six -digit number of dollars, nor is it just to make a doctorate degree. Famous schools enter another famous school, move from one laboratory to another laboratory. There is a very “wild” thing in my life. I have always wanted to try to explore the mystery of east -west philosophy and science, and to be a bridge of east -west culture. This content is very Marginal in science.
Chen Yi: Why choose Tibet?
In fact, I go to Tibet,
(You can also go to India, but the funds to India are much more than the funds to Tibet)
It is the essence of oriental philosophy. I want to emphasize that culture has no differences in advantages and disadvantages. Buddhism’s philosophy and science, especially life sciences, are full of temptation to me. Princeton gives students a prize every year, called Martin Dale1953 Fellowship. This award is to the only student in the school. The school requires the applicant to write a referral to explore any areas of the world. It is related to any project, you must design it yourself and do it yourself.
At that time, there were more than 1,200 competitors. My subject was “Comparison of Medical Sciences in Tibetan Medicine and Western Medicine”. After two rounds of interviews, I got this scholarship.
The cost of the cost of going to Tibet is effective, and of course there is a limited fee. This is how I went to Tibet. I didn’t know anyone before, had nothing to do, and no one knew who I was. It’s really perseverance, carrying his own research outline, carrying a schoolbag, luggage, and going. There is no dialogue between Princeton University and Tibet. It is to give you the money and hold your fate in your hands. It is really an unforgettable experience in my life!
Chen Yi Vision: What is your biggest feeling, movement, what is your biggest feeling, movement?
difficulty? Before applying for the project, it is difficulty. It is step by step. Starting from a piece of white paper planning, I directly contact the Tibetan pharmaceutical industry and designed the research plan, feasibility, and funds.
After arriving in Tibet, get off the ranch, what to do, do it, how hard, how tired, how difficult it is, even more afraid, and do it, one step a day, that’s one way, after a year of way. It happened that in 2000, an international academic conference was held in Lhasa, Tibet, caught up by itself, and was fortunate to submit the report to the conference to read.
Chen Yi View: I watched some of the essays you made when you were in Tibet. One of them, you also talked about “death”.
Yes, I remember that the feeling at the time was recorded like this: Many of the landscapes in Tibet were given life and love by this spiritual nation. For example, the world -famous Kamiyama Oki Ren Boqi and his wife Sheng Shuima Yongwu. Although I have no conclusive evidence, I am convinced that the arm curvature that Yang Zhuoyong attached to the wrong is her lover Gangbala. And it was her loyal lover that made me experience a tremor and completely convinced of beauty after a fear.
The majestic Gambala belongs to the middle of the Himalayas and is located in the south of the mountain. Our Santana was pulled up at the peak of nearly 6 kilometers above sea level by him. Following the soil road of Panshan on the back of Gangbara, I had almost no courage to look at the scenery under my eyes. The cliffs and cliffs rolled under our wheels, leaving the silent valley and Gangbala’s silent majesty along the way.
I couldn’t control the death, as if the cliff with me was also the call of death. I even thought of the choice of the next life. Maybe I would turn into an eagle, hovering in the mountain peak of the Himalayan, and a bird’s eye view of the secrets of the Sacred Water of the Shenshan Mountain. Gambala’s top snow flies, making the yaks standing on the top of the mountains and slopes are eye -catching …
I couldn’t fully calm down the fear just now. I never expected how the body and mind were shocked when I felt beauty with the fear of death. There was no one around, and only a team of yaks slowly traveled along Yanghu. I was suddenly jealous of them, and jealous of their unpredictable harmony with Yanghu.
And I am just a hurried passenger who can never merge to them …
I saw my soul sang singing again, and walked towards the heart of the lake, as if entering my mother’s embrace …
I finally decided to take the cow’s head away. I feel guilty to recognize my selfishness, but I don’t know if Yanghu and the dying cow can forgive my motivation.
I will be drifting in the Quartet, and I will also leave the hometown. Maybe returning to this concept will be extravagant to me.
So I wanted to bring this cow head belonging to Yanghu, with my inexhaustible and unchanged longing for Yanghu, and took my soul deep desire deeply.
Chen Yi: I read this content several times. Today, I listened to you read it yourself again. Every time my heart was trembling, thank you for sharing your experience for us. So, when returning to the topic of education in the United States, what is the impact of American education on your entire life?
What American education gives you is thinking. American education encourages creative thinking. Chinese education is relatively speaking, allowing all children to take the same way. All exams, including composition, have standard answers. Under this thinking guidance, children Involuntarily restricted your own way of thinking and entered the ideological rules of ideology.
In the United States, it was found that education has its weaknesses. Its basic education is not practical, the way of thinking, and emphasizes fun to children. Therefore, if children are placed in the classroom for strict training, they are not acceptable. I heard that American private schools are much stricter.
I want to mention it, it is not obvious in middle school, but when I entered university, especially famous universities, I found that most of the students of the United States themselves are also very outstanding. I really do n’t know where these American children come from? Especially entering Princeton University, it really opens my way of thinking and the big world of life. Fortunately, the teachers I met in college should be the world’s top university professors. Of course, like other aristocratic schools in the United States, most students come from very superior families.
Chen Yi: How did your summer vacation spend during college?
Every year I use the summer vacation to go to the scientific laboratory. In the first year at Rogers University, I went to Berkeley University in California in the second year. In the third year at Princeton University, each time I go to the laboratory, All of them must be done by yourself. The application process itself is a training and adjustment. I have to have interviews. It is also the accumulation of my challenges. I have not only learned a lot of new knowledge, but I also earn money.
In the early stage of solid experience, when I went to Tibet, I had full confidence, knowing how I do scientific research, know what goals I can achieve, and I consciously cultivate myself to become a leader
, To be a completely different quality of the subject and leadership. I have to have a keen way of thinking in the scientific research room. Moreover, I have to organize many people to fight for a goal together.
I know if I have my laboratory, I want to face a wider world. In my sophomore year, the “Report Meeting of the 60th Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre” for the organization allowed me to internship many leadership ability, from design, contact, to self -funded funds, and in ten months, we raised 30,000 to 30,000 Five thousand dollars of funds, this is a exercise in my life in my life.
06 How to comment on Chinese children’s excellence
Chen Yi View: Princeton University, was named the first university in 2000 in the United States. What did Princeton University give you?
You see too many talented children. From their achievements, you realize that when you decide to do things, work hard, try, don’t be afraid of losing. In addition, I personally do not agree with the annual rankings to evaluate a school, let alone evaluate a certain student.
Chen Yi Vision: Chinese people often say that Chinese children are particularly excellent?
In fact, American children are as good as the best campus in the United States. There is no international difference, because I believe that people are equal. Why is there such a statement, because Chinese children studying in public schools in the United States basically come from the best middle school in the mainland itself. Compared with the best Chinese middle school students with American mass students, is it fair? If a group of small geniuses in the Princeton Department are brought to China, they are the best.
The California Institute of Technology I am now studying has only a thousand students. Although the university has only a decades of history, so far, it is the best talents from all over the world. Chinese education attaches more importance to mathematics. However, I think it is excellent, and it is not just a play in mathematics. The American children pay attention to the society, and children in other countries are very incisive insights on literature. These abilities are also important. Comprehensive ability is that many Chinese children are many Chinese children. In American society, in comparison, it was found that the lack of.
Chen Yi View: Is there a different way of education for the children here?
Parents education in China and the United States are different. On the discussion of the American children, what are the differences with Chinese children: American children are relatively challenging, and we have to listen to the words of the elders, and they have heard their parents say:
“Express yourself. Strive to express what you want to express.” My parents educated me, which is also a place I am very grateful. They are not traditional, but to cultivate my independent thinking ability and creativity. My parents do not encourage me to “keep the rules”.
I think it ’s hard to be a Chinese child. If you ca n’t take the exam, you will scold your parents. My parents also care about me. For example, they are very concerned about the Nanjing Massacre Conference I organized. At that time, we raised funds and raised hard. They always cared about me.
Every step of my parents cares about me. Such complicated things work will definitely affect my study. Moreover, the academic performance of that year has a- A -. However, my parents said nothing. After changing most Chinese parents, will it be the same attitude?
Also, I want to go to Tibet alone. I can imagine the worries of my daughter and my parents. However, I want to take a different way from others. They understand that even if they are unwilling, they do not stop me. My parents are also very open -minded. The most important thing is that they always trust me.
Chen Yi View: Regarding the age of Xiao Li students, can you talk about your feelings as a person who comes?
Let’s take an example first. For many high school students in the United States, a high school graduation dance party is one of the most important activities in their lives. I did not participate, not only because I was going back to the homeland of China. It is a class student. In some American culture, I am out of touch.
Because of my beliefs, I can master myself, but not all small students can face it. Even when they lose, they will turn 180 degrees to resist all Chinese culture. For example: stay away from Chinese friends and refuse to speak Chinese. Only when people have inferiority have great rebellions, I think it is a loss of “North”. I have to explain it again and again that when the child is here, the impact is really too big. The child grows up. If the body and mind are not mature, when they try to find the sense of identity, they need to be recognized by others.
If he has no self -confidence and judgment ability, they will lose himself unknowingly to be recognized. I remember myself, knowing that I was a Chinese child, I was not afraid of my background, and I knew what I wanted. I want to let me be a Chinese, and I am proud of it.
Chen Yi View: I still want to ask, children of your age are only children in China. Do you have to worry about when you come to the United States alone?
Should be worried. If parents trust their children, children can come out. If the road is good, it is a very challenging and promising road. Even if you do not leave in the United States in the future, bringing this spirit back to China is also a very good quality training road, comprehensive wealth. However, for some children, if you know that his personality is fragile, then you are really worried.
07 turning point in life
Chen Yi Vision: How many turning points are there in your life?
At the age of twelve, my father went to the United States first. I started to be independent and started to pay attention to social issues. Reading a lot of books, especially world -famous books, I can’t experience many stories, but the story in world masterpieces, the experience of me is a kind of accumulation that makes me germinate a lot of beliefs that can be thought and grasp. So that after being impacted by the United States, it can be dealt with and cope with comprehensive Chinese and Western culture.
Also, I kept my trust. When I was lonely, I needed the full book. If I don’t read, I can only pursue my classmates’ identity. Maybe I will do whatever I want, and I will do what I want, because I will not have a thing in my heart.
I think it’s an important turning point in my life. In China, we are relatively good. In the United States, I started working at a Chinese restaurant at the age of 17, and I used to take the phone. I saw a layer that my peers could not see. Among them Masters, that kind of hardship, but still happy. In a sense, I was very moved to have no high ideals and beliefs, but it was very simple and practical. In order to repay debts, for children to go to school, do this, do it!
Domestic life is very impetuous, especially in the 1990s bubble economy, and children in the city have been impacted by this impact, not only very shocking, the most basic simplicity in life, less and less.
Several turning point, Shang Princeton University, organized the world’s “Nanjing Massacre Conference” academic report, and then went to Tibet alone.
I have been going to the road of science, and I am curious about nature. I found out that I seemed to have embarked on a “May Fourth Youth” path. I can’t just be a scientist in the laboratory. As a new generation, Chinese intellectuals.
Chen Yi View: You are struggling in the United States, even though they are all Chinese, how are you different from the ABC that you grew up with the United States?
The difference between them and me in the United States, I think they know more about American culture, but most of them have the hardships of our new immigrants, and at the same time, they also have a lot of edge people in their lives.也许从幼儿园起,他们就会觉得自己长得与别人不一样,饮食习惯不一样,家里说的语言不一样;也许他们有人会在不断地提问,不断否定,肯定,否定,肯定,否定,然后,return.
This is back to the topic of recognition, because when you have not found his own characteristics at first, when the child is not confident, you need to agree that these children have taken a while to know what they can do and what they can’t do. Almost, at this time they started to have confidence and began to return.
Chen Yi Vision: What about you?
Li Feifei: I am looking for challenges. In the challenge, I can improve. I am not a person like a mainstream society. Ten years later? Maybe still fight for ideals.
Chen Yi Vision: After three years, you only graduated from Dr.. You are making a lot of money. Is there no temptation?
My family has allowed me to experience very poor days. I have very little requirements and have a transcendent to material. It is not money or material that enriches my life. What really makes me happy, happy is other things, such as spirit. When I lived in Tibet at that time, the rent was only 80 yuan a month. There was no bed in the room. I just found a cushion and put it on the ground. Without a bath, the cold wind scratched, and I had been in the pastoral area alone. If you do n’t pass the water, do n’t pass the electricity, ride into the mountains, and I have to eat raw meat like herdsmen. However, I am very happy. Together with the Tibetans, I am learning and experienced a spirit.
Chen Yi Vision: Are you really special?
Maybe, I dare to think and dare to be a child. When I was young, I was not a good child, troubled ghosts, and often scolded by teachers. At that time, my parents did not care about me, and then asked, giving me unlimited space, and letting me think that even many non -traditional behaviors. If I do n’t go to the United States, I may not have such a way of thinking. I have now accommodated myself to a big self, not thinking of myself, but a human perspective.
Unfortunately, now my former friends and my friends can no longer talk about the problem, but we are still good friends. What we connect us is affection and care with each other. When I went to Tibet to do research, everyone thought I was crazy.
In life, people have to make many choices, not because of that condition and high treatment. When I graduated from Princeton University, I received two full scholarships at the same time. One was obtained because of the topic selection of Tibetan research, which shows that he must go, and the other is a doctoral, and the request must be read immediately. And I chose the former at the time, although the former was not known too much, and in terms of material, economic benefits, or hard,
(Not as good as the latter)
However, it is my belief to study the mystery of east and west medicine. In the future, when I went to attack a doctorate, I did not leave the main line of my road. However, the latter scholarship committee held a board of directors for me, thinking that my situation was too special, and I left the money.
Chen Yi View: Your major, academic, have always made you grow up in the boys, and there must be a lot of boys chasing you?
Do you think there will be a lot of boys who will like me as such a strong challenge?
I’m not a boy, let’s leave it to the boy.
Chen Yi View: If you let you do one thing to transform the world?
I will let more people understand the same world on both sides of the strait and the same.
Chen Yi Vision: So what can the media play? Have you lived in China for a while and talk about your opinion?
In Chinese media, there are still many official ideology, and there are too many people in folk things and hunting. In particular, the entire way of life in the West and the Chinese life struggle in the West, which reported it as a hunting, inevitably exaggerated. On the Chinese media, a girl who is too reported like a gun is a personal worship.
Today, overseas scholars appear to say their own. For example, the child of the famous school, the Wall Street Warriors, made people who have not had a chance to live abroad, excited. In such publicity, the media did not help the Chinese people to truly understand the Western world. Instead, it was confusing. The real world was vanked and covered.
When it comes to the famous brand, if you go to Tsinghua, Shang Harvard is a talent, it is a very short -term understanding. In fact, I have entered a famous university, just to affirm you in the past. It does not mean anything. The real path, there is still a long way to go behind you. In my opinion, just earning a high salary, no ideal, can be regarded as nothing. This is my personal values.
Chen Yi View: You are now living and studying on the West Coast. In the past, you used to be on the east coast of the United States.
The West Coast has more American spirit to chase dreams. Take clothing as an example. On the campus of Princeton, wearing the taste of Wall Street. After going to the West Coast to study doctors, I saw many people wearing hippies, and their hair was stained with color. When I heard a lecture on the East Coast Boston, people were dressed in suit and very regular.
When listening to the lecture at the California Institute of Technology, I was surprised to find that the person standing on the stage was a green hair. I think it is because of his “weird” color, and Princeton University did not dare to invite him to give lectures. I remember he also wore a suspender pants wearing high school students. I think people on the West Coast are more inclusive because of the more diverse culture and races.
The reason why Silicon Valley is on the West Coast is related to the culture and spirit of the West Coast, and there is no form of Silicon Valley on the east coast. Of course, there are banks on the east coast and Wall Street. The West Coast is a high -level technology. It breaks through many traditional things and has the courage to accept new things. Silicon Valley is not a form, but a culture of connotation; Silicon Valley is not the technology itself, it tolerates the spirit of many cultures.
Chen Yi View: Very good, so talk about Princeton University and California Institute of Technology on the side of the east and west coasts.
It can be described as a lot. Princeton University, 250 years of history, has precipitated many traditional European culture, humanistic attention, literary skills, strong academic atmosphere.
California Institute of Technology is a brand new high -tech college. At that time, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in California Institute of Technology dug a bunch of Nobel Prize to win people. They brought new concepts, that is, the highest peak pursuing the field of science forever.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is more practical in science and technology, and the California Institute of Technology is more theoretical. It is very professional. You are also the strictest training. There are very few female students here.
Chen Yi: Thank you for receiving my interview with fluent Chinese.
The words in life are all Chinese, but professional words can definitely need English.
About the Author
[Chen Yi Viewing Line] In 1999, Irald began in the 10 -year column of “Beijing Youth Daily” and “Beijing Youth Weekly”. Having published millions of words of documentary works in the mainstream media, with hundreds of people’s series, including: presidents of American prestigious schools, ladies in the world’s ambassador to China, elites in the world’s enterprise, international students and famous school families, overseas writers, etc.