|The Younger Generation 年轻一代|
|http://www.sina.com.cn 2004/05/12 17:57 英语沙龙|
Foreigner: At present, China is the fastest developing country in the world. Your sustained fast economic growth has never been rivaled1 in history. Predictions may vary, but hardly any one doubts that someday you will become a superpower.
Chinese: Yes, that’s the general belief, but there are people who sing
Foreigner: And of course there are those who are unwilling to see a strong China, who are always warning against“Chinese threat.”Of course I don’t fall for4 such crap5 myself, but I do believe you have some real problems you have to take seriously on your way to becoming a superpower.
Chinese: We realize only too well that we face a lot of difficult problems on our way forward. Now you are an old friend of China and you have been here so many times, so tell me frankly what you think is our biggest problem.
Foreigner: As you know, I am no economist, nor a political scientist, but as far as I can see your political leaders are all very able men, and your economic achievements are there for all to see, so I’ve no doubt whatsoever you’ll achieve what you set out to achieve. But if you’ll allow me to be frank, it’s the people, especially the younger generation that I’m worried about.
Chinese: That’s most interesting. We Chinese are a proud people as you know. We like to boast our long history and our new achievements, and we like to hear your praises for our intelligence and hard work. So for a change I like to hear what are your worries about our younger generation.
Foreigner: I am not denying that the Chinese people are intelligent and hardworking for a moment, but the new times and the new situation has brought out many new problems. As I understand it, your new policy of“letting some people get rich first”is to give people a chance to develop economically, and in so doing the country’s economy also develops.
Chinese: Quite right, and that’s the essence1 of our market economy, the basis of our economic growth.
Foreigner: Now my worry is this is widening the gap between the rich and the poor, which has many evil consequences that are disruptive2 factors to the society. For example, in order to get rich, many people resort to3 illegal means. Some become downright4 criminals.
Chinese: I see what you mean. These are problems we have to solve. It involves a wide range of the cross section5 of the society. Swindlers6 include small traders as well as business tycoons7; criminals include petty thieves as well as highlevel government officials. The quality of the whole population should be raised.
Foreigner: Another problem is brought about by your“one child”policy. Most of them have come to the age of going to college or even starting to work, but the unfortunate thing is neither their family upbringing nor their college education has fully qualified them for their important role as the new pillars8 of the society.
Chinese: I know, some are so pampered9 that they must have everything done for them. Intelligence they certainly do not lack. What they lack is ability, and that has traditionally been a weakness in our education. Polytechnic10 schools and colleges have never been given due attention. Actually, there is a great shortage of welltrained qualified technical personnel in our country.
中：是呀，有的孩子实在是娇生惯养得厉害，“饭来张口，衣来伸手”。智力他们一点也不差，缺的是能力，而能力的培养向来是我国教育的弱点。工艺专科院校从未得到过足够的重视。事实上，受过良好训练的合格技术人才在我国严重不足。(本文未经许可不得转载) (By Xiong Deni)