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[双语] 白岩松耶鲁大学演讲:我的20岁

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  1988年,那一年我二十岁。这个时候我已经从边疆的小城市来到了北京,成为一个大学生。

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  【人物介绍】

  白岩松,央视著名主持人,任《焦点访谈》、《新闻周刊》、《感动中国2008》等节目主持人,2000年被授予“中国十大杰出青年”。

  【相关】第一篇:我的中国梦>>

  December 16, 1978, China and America officially established diplomatic relations. That was a big event. And two days after that, December 18 was when China opened the 3rd Plenary Session of the Eleventh CPC Central Committee. That was the beginning of thirty-one years of Reform and Opening. History, two great nations, and a very pitiful family all became intertwined in a theatrical way. Truthfully, from the small personal family, to the big family of the country, nobody then had any idea what the future would be like.

  1978年的12月16号,中国与美国正式建交,那是一个大事件。而在中美建交两天之后,12月18号,中国的十一届三中全会召开了,那是中国改革开放三十一年的开始。历史,两个伟大的国家,一个非常可怜的家庭,就如此戏剧性地交织在一起,不管是小的家庭,还是大的国家,其实当时谁都没有把握知道未来是什么样的。”

  In 1988, I was 20. At this time I had already come out of the little border town to Beijing as a university student. Although we have many people in China today criticizing China’s university entrance exams and see many many deficiencies in it, it must be said that it is such a system that allowed very ordinary people like me to have the opportunity to change our lives. Of course, at that time, America was no longer a very distant country. It became very specific. It was no longer the “Imperialist America” of the past slogans, but it became the many details in our lives. This was the first time that I tasted Coca-Cola. When I finished drinking it I believed China and America were truly so close, because it tasted just like Chinese medicine.

  1988年,那一年我二十岁。这个时候我已经从边疆的小城市来到了北京,成为一个大学生。虽然我们今天在中国依然有很多的人在抨击中国的高考的制度,认为它有很多很多的缺陷,但是必须承认正是高考的存在,让我们这样一个又一个非常普通的孩子,拥有了改变命运的机会。当然,这个时候美国已经不再是一个很遥远的国家,它变得很具体,它也不再是那个过去口号当中的“美帝国主义”,而是变成了生活中很多的细节。这个时候我已经第一次地尝试过可口可乐,而且喝完可口可乐之后会觉得中美两个国家真的是如此接近,因为它几乎就跟中国的中药是一样的。

  That was a time when I took a crazy liking to rock’n’roll. That was a time when Michael Jackson still looked relatively handsome. More importantly, that was a time when China experienced very big transformations, as Reform and Opening had already gone on for ten years. That year, China began experimenting with market pricing for many goods. It may feel like something totally incomprehensible to you, but it was a big deal in China, a huge step, because before that the prices were decided by the government. But in that year, because price controls were relaxed, the whole country went on a crazy shopping spree. Everybody all thought, how long could this last, so they had to get a whole life’s worth of food and goods to bring home. That year symbolized that China marched closer and closer to a market economy.

  那个时候我已经开始非常狂热地去喜欢摇滚乐。那个时候正是迈克尔杰克逊还长得比较漂亮的时候。更重要的是,这个时候的中国,已经开始发生了非常大的变化,因为改革已经进行了十年。那一年中国开始尝试放开很多商品的价格。这在你们觉得是非常不可思议的事情,但是在中国当时是一个很大的迈进,因为过去的价格都是由政府来决定的。但是,就在那一年,因为放开了价格,引起了全国疯狂地抢购,大家都觉得这个时候会有多久,于是要把一辈子都用的食品和用品,买回到家里头。这一年也就标志之着中国离市场经济越来越近了。

  Of course back then nobody knew that market economy could also have a subprime crisis. Anyway, I know that 1988 was an extra important year for Yale, because a Yale alum once again became an American President

  当然那个时候没有人知道市场经济,也会有次贷危机。当然我知道那一年1988年对于耶鲁大学来说格外的重要,因为你们耶鲁的校友又一次成为美国的总统。

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