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Finding the Suitable Job is Like Finding the Right Girlfriend
Life is really full of uncertainty. I never imagined that I would get the Medal of Honor from NYUS shanghai.
There are a lot of rumors about me, and one of them is that I graduated from an American University, but I didn’t. I came from a very remote small town in southeast China. I hope your chancellor did not invite me here because of these rumors. Actually Chancellor Tong gave me the invitation several months ago. At first, I did not accept the invitation because I was not so sure that I would be the right person to stand here to give the graduation speech.
One small story I want to tell you today is that one small thing changed my idea about whether to accept or not. One day, Professor Tong came to my office, and he took a portrait of me in NYU Shanghai graduate school clothes. The portrait was painted by one of the graduate students. And in that painting, I saw a different self. I was young, handsome, and upbeat. So at that moment, I liked the painting very much, and it's still in my office. And I made the decision that I will come here to do the graduation speech today. I think it's an honor to know that today, you brought me here – it was not just the chancellor's idea, I think. So I really appreciate that you gave me the certainty that I can come here and give this speech, and that helped me to make the last decision.
我想讲讲当初是什么改变了我的想法，决定接受这次演讲邀请。有一天，童世骏教授来办公室找我。他给我送了一幅画像，画上的我穿着上海纽约大学的学术袍。这幅画是你们的同学画的。我从画里看到了一个不一样的自己——年轻、 帅气， 神采奕奕。我非常喜欢这幅画，现在还一直放在我的办公室。于是我决定接受邀请担任演讲嘉宾，因为这幅画让我知道是你们让我来的，而不只是校长的想法，这让我倍感荣耀。所以我很感激大家给了我确信今天站在这里演讲，让我在最后一刻决定接受这个邀请。
Actually, I came from a remote town, a southern city in China, 34 years ago, to Shanghai for college.I always think about how I grew up like the person who today stands here from very long years ago.In my remembrance, I know that my hometown in very ancient China, long years ago, actually, the name of my hometown was named “百越”[“One Hundred Yue States”]. In ancient China, many people migrated here, different nations migrated here in southeastern China, and the language in different villages is totally different. However, they had to communicate with each other, then there was some very ancient language that grew up there. So it looks like NYU Shanghai, I think. Inancient China, lots of people from different nations came on the same side, together, to communicate.
I went to Shanghai Medical College, which until today, is a famous and prestigious medical college in China. Today the name is Fudan Shanghai Medical College. When I graduated, I began to be a physician and started my favorite career as a doctor. At that time, I made the choice for interest, but not for salary, because until now, Chinese doctors’ salaries have lagged far behind those of our American peers. While at the same time, those of the Chinese business elites are already very closeto its American peers, including the guest speaker who was standing here last year. He is likely to earn more than most of his American peers.
So this is the question: How would you make the choice in the future? It's not related to salary, I think. It should be related to your interest. This is the first experience I hope to bring to today's graduating students: After graduation, when you will find a career that suits you, you will feel it,just like me. I majored in infectious disease in medicine, specializing in the treatment of disease caused by microorganisms which live with us together in the world, just like the coronavirus,bacteria, everything. But sometimes, disease will be caused by such microorganisms. This major is a huge privilege, as it allows me to learn the role of humans. We’re just one of the species in theworld, and I can look at the world as a whole. Each time I diagnose a new disease, I can learn more deeply about nature.
Due to the ever changing [nature] of both nature and the human immune system, I will feel very anxious because it's so complicated. But I can feel that I am suitable for this job, for this task. So I think this feeling is not different from finding the right girlfriend or boyfriend, like you. If you always feel that it's awkward in the future, I think it may not be your final suitable Miss Right or Mr. Right - I think the career is the same.
Secondly, today I will communicate with you that the world is full of uncertainty, just like Chancellor Tong mentioned. However, what I would say is that every time we struggle with the uncertainty, we will gain the power to grow up.
So here I will mention about the COVID-19 last year. In January last year, our medical team dispatched four groups of doctors to assist Wuhan in fighting COVID-19. At the time, everything was full of uncertainty. We didn't know about the disease very much at the very beginning. And the initial mortality of the disease is very high. Lots of people died. It was hard to predict what the future would be like. Thus, we were afraid at first when we received the signal for help.
However, the professional honor of the doctors or nurses made many of my colleagues in our team eventually sign up, and they boarded the train to Wuhan. The time was Chinese New Year's Eve that day. They were all both ordinary doctors, and meanwhile, they were heroes. When they first went to Wuhan, the situation was very bad, but the power of teamwork finally defeated our fears and uncertainty.
I stayed in Shanghai at that time to lead the clinical team to fight the virus here. Throughout thewhole process, nevertheless the emergency of local cases in Pudong district here, the normal course of NYU Shanghai were not affected. Plenty of people appreciated my contribution to Shanghai. But I would like to say that the pandemic control in Shanghai is entirely from the cooperation of the team. Without the team in Shanghai, it's very hard to imagine that we would completely control the pandemic virus within 24 hours once there's a case, and we guarantee the city running well at the same time. So this is Shanghai style. I think it just depended on the cooperation of the team, the CDC works, the doctors, and everyone in this fight.
I believe that in the future we would definitely encounter greater challenges of uncertainty. Cooperation and sacrifice are still our weapons to overcome all difficulties. The spirit of cooperation and teamwork cultivated by New York University Shanghai will become the fundamental power for you to overcome all difficulties in the future.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have discussed the prevention and treatment of the disease with experts from all around the world – from the United States, Europe, and other countries. Everyone was very impressed by the effectiveness of China's non-pharmaceutical interventions, but sometimes they will express different opinions. This is about how to make the balance between the life safety and the individual freedom in the fight against the pandemic.
I said, “Staying at home is also fighting the virus together with us. You are fighters.” Doctors andpublic health experts alone cannot overcome the epidemics in the face of human disease of great inequality. In China, we just want to eliminate the inequality. Therefore, we follow the slogan, “Life first, people first.” We are filled with joy now that all the elderly here are far away from the fear of the virus.
Today, the COVID-19 epidemic is under good control in countries around the world that have received vaccines. The older people begin to come out to the society. The United States has started NBA games again, and nearly 20,000 people who have received vaccines have started coming to the stadium to watch the games, which let us feel filled with confidence again in humans, and the hope rises in science.