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Unity in Diversity 广东外语外贸大学沈家慧演讲稿  

2013-04-10 10:46:42|  分类: 21世纪杯英语演讲 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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广东外语外贸大学沈家慧:Unity in diversity

沈家慧:广东外语外贸大学,第17届21世纪杯全国英语演讲比赛一等奖获得者。

自我介绍:我来自世界客都梅州,是一个地道的客家女孩。从小喜欢英语,它让我着迷,它带我敲开外面的世界。爱旅行,享受沿途的风景;远行的经历,更让人懂得珍惜出发的原点。一次次比赛的经历,让我愈发明了重要的不是结果,而是你的演讲向观众道出了你心底最真的声音。成长在欠发达的山区小城,我深知走向外面的世界去追逐梦想的道路并不平坦。而今,我最大的愿望,就是更多大山里的孩子可以有机会接受到好的教育,可以有机会为走出大山这个梦想拼搏。

演讲稿:

Unity in Diversity

Good morning ladies and gentlemen!

Are you familiar with the greeting “Long time no see”? Few decades ago, this might be considered as an awkward Chinglish expression and scorned by westerners. But nowadays, not only leaning Chinese is popular in the western world, but also some Chinglish is accepted too.

Culture is just like the grammar of our behaviors. Adopting different ways to perceive the world and react to different situations, China and the West are bound to face clashes between each other. Then what is our attitude towards all these cultural clashes? Is it a life-and-death struggle? Are we going to fight to replace each other? No! The cross-cultural communication and interaction is different from Caesar’s trip to Asia Minor. We come, we see but we never try to conquer each other. Instead, we need each other. And this becomes strong motivation for us to transform the inevitable clashes into achievable coexistence. In order to work this out, an open mind and a strong determination are required.

Here I would like to share my own experience with you. The first time I met with my American teacher Allen, I tasted the bitterness of cultural clashes. “Why are you so quiet”, he asked, disappointed by our silence. The Chinese traditional reservation clashed with the individuality advocated by western culture. Faced with this problem, Allen and my classmates decided to work together to overcome the challenge. Finally, my classmates and I became active and confident in speaking out our own voice, while Allen learned to be more patient with Chinese students.

Indeed, we are different, China and the West. We perceive the world from different angles. We come across clashes when interacting. But it doesn’t matter. Because if we, the individuals, are willing to acquire an open mind and be determined to embrace diversity, we can achieve unity and mutual understanding. Since individuals are the units of their cultures, China and the West are also able to achieve unity in diversity from the perspective of culture. And we are already on the way.

While I am learning the Principles of Management written by Peter Drucker, the MBA students in America are taking the Art of War, the Chinese classical masterpiece, as their required course. While we are watching the inspirational speeches of President Barack Obama, westerners are holding a book named On China written by an old China hand, Henry Kissinger. While Chinese Kung fu made its way into western world, Hollywood movie established its position in Chinese market.

Ladies and gentlemen, unity in diversity is achievable. Remember what Albert Einstein said, “Each of us shines in a different way, but this doesn't make our light less bright.” China and the West, it is the different ways we shine that light up this diversified world instead of a single spot. It is the different ways we shine that provide more possibilities for better cooperation. It is the different ways we shine that enable every individual to enjoy a more colorful life.

So Chinese and Westerners, let us be open-minded and determined to embrace each other. Our differences have diversified this planet. And now our efforts towards unity are going to change the world from a mess cultural smelter into a fantastic mosaic.

Thank you!


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