Young people wield their power on the world stage
BEIJING, August 2, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As the second episode of the globally popular Internet show Youth Power aired on Friday, the themes of ideals and responsibility took center stage and sparked a heated debate among young people who will find a echoed around the world.
In this episode, six young people from Zhejiang Province, Shanghai, Taiwan, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Ukraine gathered at the affiliated high school of Peking University and told their stories about their ideals and aspirations.
They also explored a Chinese orchestra club and a school fencing club and gave impassioned speeches to show how young people have contributed to global development. Tied to ideas of youth and growth, this episode provided a glimpse of what Gen Z’s consider ideal.
Wang Licheng, 16, a student at Shanghai Foreign Language School, who is a big fan of the theater, visibly enjoyed every second on stage, and why it was so evident in his speech.
“The scene not only gives me the power to be anyone, but also allows me to examine my life from the perspective of my characters, thus presenting myself and influencing others,” he said.
Licheng, the former head of a school theater club, told the audience about his long and rewarding journey in shaping his ideals and beliefs.
For him, the word scene and all that it signifies extends far beyond the theater and into life outside of it like work. He urged young people to put themselves in the spotlight of the world stage, playing their role of Chinese youth with pride and confidence.
Speaking of The little soldier Zhang Ga, which he previously played in the drama, 10-year-old Peng Junlin, who attends the Qinpu World Foreign Language School in Shanghai, expressed his admiration for the character.
“Theater is a form of culture which is the spiritual backbone of a nation,” he said.
Inspired by Zhang’s enthusiasm and dedication, Junlin said he no longer takes a peaceful and happy life for granted.
“It is our duty to inherit the spirit of Zhang and tens of thousands of others who fought to rejuvenate the Chinese nation,” he said.
Yan Weizhen, 17, from Taiwan, offered a unique perspective on Suzhou. Eight years ago, when she moved from Taiwan in Suzhou, she was fascinated by the harmony she discerned in traditional and modern architectural styles.
“Living in Suzhou, such a fine example of protecting ancient buildings and history, I learned to appreciate the value of traditional culture and to seek opportunities for our cultural roots to flourish in time. modern, ”she said.
Ye Xueying, 21, from Hong Kong, who studies Chinese classics at Wuhan University, began his speech by asking the question “What really makes us Chinese? The answer lies in studying the Chinese classics, she said. Ye called on young people to embrace traditional culture, which she said creates a spiritual bond with the country by integrating it into daily life. To do this, it is possible to try on traditional costumes and listen to traditional instruments, she said.
“Growing up is not just knowing or learning, but also bonding, where the feeling of belonging comes from,” said Ye, the only student in this Youth Power episode.
Hao Liya, 24, who grew up in a small town in the south Ukraine, and who is currently preparing a doctorate at the Communication University of China in Beijing, said, “China extends far beyond the stereotypes that many people in the rest of the world have.
When she arrived at China, both its modernity and its rich culture greatly impressed her, and she praised the leadership of the CCP.
“It’s so amazing to try delicious Chinese food that is different in each province on a bullet train,” she said.
Hao, who is married to a Chinese man, said that if people want to understand each other, they have to learn to look at everything from each other’s point of view.
Chen Shihua, 16, who enjoys singing, dancing and playing the violin, and who attends Ningbo Zhenhai Middle School, recounted his grandfather’s passion for calligraphy and said it made him realize that confidence in culture was in the blood of every Chinese. When she grew up, she said, she dreamed of becoming an intercultural communicator embracing and transmitting Chinese culture.
Youth Power is a series created by China daily aimed at encouraging young people around the world to think about global issues and play their part in making the world a better place. The second episode was well received by national and international audiences.
Javaria Nasir, a Pakistani student from Fudan University in Shanghai, said the program and the idea behind it excites him.
“It’s going to help young people to express themselves and to talk about their own issues. I think in general young people need more representation, and platforms like Youth Power are going to give them the representation they need.
“I think it will help us communicate better and bridge the gap between different age groups, different countries, religions, cultures and hopefully come together.”
Manzi mike, a Rwandan who studies at Hangzhou Normal University, said, “I can’t wait to watch more Youth Power and learn stories from young people. Hearing them tell their stories and talk about their experiences in various cultures and backgrounds is truly eye-opening. ”
THE SOURCE China daily