Recently, there is a hit drama "Take Dad to Study Abroad", which tells the story of three families studying abroad with their children.
This is also the first drama to hit the topic of studying abroad. I watched a few episodes during my free time when I just graduated. I didn’t expect to see me as a senior international student about to vomit blood.
Where is this drama about studying abroad? It is clearly a Chinese-style ethical dog-blood drama that took place in the United States!
cheating, Remarriage, illegitimate children, and indispensable polygamy, but there are no learning problems for international students that should be discussed.
Let’s talk back to the real small international students. Let me say that many families have "impure motives" from the beginning.
No, Chang’s dad just came back from abroad and received a call for help from a distant relative:
"This year's college entrance examination, my family XX failed the exam, so I can just go abroad. Gilded youRecommend a school! ”
This reason for studying abroad is often seen as a reason for my dad’s anger. When did studying abroad become a spare for the scumbag?
Daddy Chang also has a friend who returned from studying abroad many years ago. He is a real returnee, and now he often tells me Spit up: The leader always asks him to help write papers for his son who is studying in the United States! He said anxiously: If he doesn't even do the homework by himself, what can he do when he returns to China? He will smear the faces of our true returnees!
Although the renminbi has appreciated and the country has become prosperous and strong, studying abroad should not be regarded as a refuge. Moreover, in this mannerCan children who have gone out study hard? !
To be honest, by this time, I really understand why some netizens say this:
When mentioning returnees, I think of Xueba; now when I mention returnees, I think of learning scum.
What should studying abroad look like? In fact, 120 children a hundred years ago have already told us. They are "the first batch of Chinese young children sent by the government to study abroad" with only one line left in the history textbook.
147 years ago, these children, whose average age was only 12 years old, began their planned 15-year study abroad life.These children have a common name-"Study Abroad Children".
a hundred years later,People called this move "the most correct investment in the late Qing Dynasty". The pioneer of this is the following, known as the "father of international students", the first Chinese to obtain a degree from a first-class university in the United States, Rong Hong.
Father of international students, open your eyes to the world
As the first Chinese to graduate from Yale, Rong Hong is also the pride of Yale University.
His portrait is hung in the Yale Hall of Fame and has never been forgotten by his alma mater. This statue, designed according to his photos of studying in the United States when he was young, also stands quietly on the Yale campus.
He stared into the distance, as if he was still planning itA dream of a powerful country "to instill in China with Western academics, so that China is becoming more civilized and prosperous".
On November 17, 1828, Rong Wing was born in Nanping Village, Guangdong, separated by the water from Macau.
Since his family was poor, he never had the chance to enter the school. Fortunately, a friend of his father happened to work at the Macau Missionary Girls’ School run by Mrs. Guo Shili. This school does not charge tuition fees. Board and lodging are also included, and boys will be recruited when there are not enough people.
The school implements bilingual teaching, and also teaches drawing, arithmetic, and the Bible. In order to let his son learn something. In foreign dialects, it will be easy to find a job in the future. His father sent 7-year-old Rong Hong into school.
thisLater, with the help of Pastor Brown, Rong Hong boarded a steamer to the United States and started an eight-year study abroad career.
In 1849, Yung Wing was admitted to Yale University and was funded with the help of Pastor Brown.
Won the first prize of Yale University's literary composition twice, the calligraphy is beautiful and amazing.
He did not pass the mathematics score, so he read night by candle and had to make up for his shortcomings. After practicing English hard, he won the championship in English speech contest twice in a row.
In order to finish his studies, he does odd jobs everywhere, helping others to wash clothes, pull briquettes, and wipe cars. In exchange for free board and lodging, he works as a cook in the cafeteria, washing pots and dishes every day. In order to earn more With an annual salary of $30, he is competing to be a librarian.
RongHong wrote in "Western Learning to the East": "On the one hand, Gai has to plan tuition fees so that there is no shortage; on the other hand, he has to study mechanics. In order not to fall behind. Shang Yi was in the first grade, In the middle of the night, there is no sundial for game sports during the day."
Yong Wing did not forget to observe world trends when he was studying and working. He saw industry The strength of the country, seeing the weakness of feudal China, is determined to let more people enjoy the benefits of civilized education.
In 1854, Rong Wing graduated from Yale University with honors. As the first Chinese to graduate from a first-class university in the United States, Yung Wing’s graduation guestbook also always shows his patriotism: "The grown-ups do not lose the heart of being a child."
Yong Hong, who is determined to save the country from crisis, returned to his motherland after graduation, worked as a secretary, translator and teaBusiness, later became Zeng Guofan's staff.
The machines in the Jiangnan Production Bureau, the largest westernization enterprise at the time, were bought by Zeng Guofan from Rong Wing in the United States.
Soon, Rong Wing launched the "Study Abroad for Children" program he had planned for many years, and with the support of Zeng Guofan and the court, he sent 120 children to the United States in three batches. .
18 years later, at Yale University, he set up the ambition of "to make those who give later, also enjoy the same benefits" Finally became a reality.
The number one use of studying abroad is: eye opening and awakening.
Yong Wing has beenInternational students have set the best example. What's more valuable is that he not only broadened his horizons, but also assumed more social responsibilities, and wanted to try to awaken more people.
It is precisely under the influence of Rong Hong that the children studying abroad have also grown into people who have the world in mind and serve the country.
Excellence is synonymous with Chinese students
In 1872, the first batch of Chinese children studying in the United States set out at the beginning of the article. Thirty children boarded the ship and embarked on a month-long sailing trip. None of them are noble children, most of them come from business dealings with foreignersPeople.
accompanied by the parents described in the TV series to study abroad or play for their childrenIf everything is different, parents must plan to live and die forever when sending their children to study in that era.
Before leaving, parents must sign a 15-year contract with the government. When I saw the phrase "Life and death are in peace, this is the end of the destiny" written by Zhan Tianyou's father, he only cited the bleakness.
However, the adaptability and intelligence of these children is also really surprising. Before getting off the ship, the children already like Western food. In a short period of one or two years, the children have overcome the language barrier and become one with the host family.
They can always become the best in the class within a period of time. Excellent children, Liang Dunyan, who has studied abroad for only one year and five months, can already write such interesting poems.
"I am a cute little cat
My name is Fabby Grey
My eyes are black and brown together
My fur is soft as silk
I drink it It’s a full plate of milk
Every day and night"
These young children’s speeches The ability is also quite good. At the Hartford High School graduation speech in 1878, Liang Dunyan's speech was titled "Polar Bear", about the role of various countries in the Russian-Turkish War.
Cai Shaoji’s speech was titled "Opium Trade", discussing the dangers of opium, and shouted loudly: "China is not dead, she just fell asleep. She will wake up eventually and stand proudly in the world. ”
Even in English classes, these young children’s grades are often outstanding Strikingly:
In 1876, Deng Shicong and Chen Juyong won the first and second prizes for spelling.
In 1880, Li Enfu, who studied at Hopkins Grammar School, won the first place in English and Greek, and Zhou Chuan'e won the first place in Latin and calligraphy.
Cai Tinggan won the first place in the calligraphy exhibition of Wardworth Street Public School.
In the end, most of them successfully entered the university. Among them, 22 were admitted to Yale University, 3 were admitted to Columbia University, 8 were admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and 1 was admitted to Harvard University.
After entering the university, they are not only excellent academically, but also stars on the sports field.
On the football field, the flexible Deng Shicong is always the most sought-after, because his dodge skills are no different from cats.
In the baseball game, Chinese young children also formed their own baseball team. Liang Dunyan is the best pitcher. It is said that no one can hit the ball he throws.
In the rowing competition, Zhong Wenyao has always been a god-level figure at Yale University. By observing the wind and current, he successfully led the Yale rowing team Suppress the enemy Harvard rowing team for two consecutive sessions.
Not only that, but Chinese students are still crushing American boys in love. This is simply not a way to survive. !
After many years, William Phelps, who is already a professor at Yale University, still remembers these Chinese classmates:
"The memory of life in Hartford High School makes me feel a little strange, I found that the closest classmates in my memory were a group of Chinese classmates. I don't think I will ever meet a group of boys in my life, who can be as good as them. "
But personal fate will never reach the tide of history. These have just tasted After the taste of free education, the children who were nurtured by foreign culture have become a scar in the heart of the old man from the Qing Dynasty.
The whirlpool of history cannot stop the heart of serving the country with fist >
They are worried that these children will forget their ancestors, they will not obey orders, and they will be in vain.
In 1881, the Qing government ordered all children studying in the United States to return to China. At that time, most of the children had just entered university, and only Zhan Tianyou and Ouyang Geng completed their university studies.
Yale University commends Chinese students in the letter:
"The young students sent by your country make good use of their time, study academics, and Excellent academic performance, although young, he is cautious in his words and deeds, and his style is calm. He is worthy of being a citizen from a big country, enough to bring glory to your country. A few in the United States are ignorantPeople are quite prejudiced against the Chinese, and they are gradually disappearing because of these children...At present, it is the most important learning moment for the children, which is about to bear fruit, and withdrawing at this time is tantamount to abandoning previous achievements. "
The New York Times also highly praised this: "When we see Since then, the educational program implemented by the Qing Dynasty in our country has been very successful. ”
But no amount of retention can change the steadfast heart of the Qing Dynasty. These children returned to the motherland with unwillingness. What greeted them was not applause and flowers, but disregard and spurned Some children come home but are turned away because of their accent.
They have no hometown for many years. But the indifference of the Chinese people has not stopped it. Their eagerness to become a powerful nation has not forgotten to go abroadThe oath made at the door:
"Go to the West now, knowing that China’s plan for self-improvement is nothing else. To bear the country’s future, to exhaust the science of foreigners. Go seventy thousand miles Long distance, don’t be the homeland of the motherland and parents, never regret it."
Soon, they joined the front lines of all walks of life, became pioneers in the mining, railway, and newspaper industries, and became heroes who swear to defend the motherland.
Among them is Cai Shaoji, the president of Tianjin Beiyang University.
General Office of the Telegraph Bureau, Huang Kaijia.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liang Atsushi.
Tsinghua University, Tianjin University President, the first prime minister of the Republic of China, Tang Shaoyi.
railway engineer, The builder of the Jingzhang Railway, Zhan Tianyou.
And this is just a small part of it.
According to statistics, among the young children studying in the United States, there are 9 industrial and mining leaders, 6 engineers, and 3 railway directors; 5 educators; and diplomatic administrators. 24 people; 7 businessmen; 20 people in the navy and 14 admirals.
Unfortunately, with the May Fourth Movement and the New Culture Movement, the status of these children in history They are also becoming more embarrassed. In the eyes of the old man from the Qing dynasty, they are new monsters, but in the hearts of the new youth, they are the elders of the previous dynasty.
as the alternation of the old and the new era The product of the former "children in the United States" can only be puzzled by peopleQuietly left in his eyes, and finally forgotten.
If it weren’t for accidentally seeing the documentary "Children in America", Dad Chang would never think of these people, let alone understand the short sentence in the history textbook The waves behind the words are magnificent.
Nowadays, our country has long since got rid of the feudal and backwardness hat, and children studying abroad do not need to shoulder the burden of saving the country from distress all the time, and the countries to choose from are also increasing. more. The United States, Britain, Canada, Australia...Chinese students have traveled all over the country.
In the past, I was more disgusted with people who referred to studying abroad as "gilding", because the so-called gilding means spraying a layer of gold on the surface, which looks golden, but in fact"Destroyed among them."
Perhaps in the eyes of these people, studying abroad is just a way to refresh their resumes, but I still want to say that strength is like pregnancy. It will always be seen.
But it’s a pity that news of Chinese students being dropped out, cheating, drug abuse, and law-breaking is still heard. Every time I heard such things, Dad Chang felt extremely sorry.
Especially thinking of those three young children who died of illness in a foreign country, thinking of Pan Mingzhong, who was called a genius but died of too hard at the age of 15, hates even more Iron cannot become steel.
Others use their livesThey are wasting the opportunity to study abroad. In the age of peace and the country is becoming more prosperous, we don’t have to bear the hatred of our family. Compared with the young children studying abroad a hundred years ago, this is a kind of luck, but don’t give it to our parents and earn it ourselves. This luck is taken for granted.
As parents, we hope to enable children to go abroad, increase their knowledge and broaden their horizons. While creating various opportunities for them to go abroad, we should also let them understand what they are going to do.
Through the black and white photos, I saw these children’s steadfast or confused eyes, and remembered the days I spent at Harvard and Yale. I suddenly felt that history has never been far away from us. The future is always in the hands of each of us.
I particularly like the two sentences engraved on the door of the old Harvard school: ENTER TO GROW IN WISDOM is engraved on the entrance, and DEPART TO is engraved on the exit.SERVE THY COUNTRY AND THY KIND (Enter this door to increase wisdom; leave this door to serve your country and your people).
Study hard, learn something successfully, and realize your own greater social value is the best attitude towards studying abroad.