Mission Has To Be Completed

On: September 11, 2011
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About Duohuai Zhang
Doing MA of New Media in UvA currently; Done BA from Communication University of China at English Broadcasting and Anchoring Major; Want to be an Internet Consultant in the future. Interested in music and advertising.


Intro is always puzzling for a songster who tries to set up an album. It seems that at this very special moment even I encounter the same problem. Virtually I want to say: For god’s sake, what should I do with it? It’s my first time been abroad. It’s my first time spoken in another different language for so long time. It’s my first time been so exotic. And after taking a heavy meditation I found it’s also my first time been exceedingly closed to my dream.

I don’t want to talk about my ambition and the unexpected expectations. Critically speaking, putting the whole unalike culture things aside I’d love to assume perhaps I can be someone utterly liberal in this amazing place, no censorship and discrimination. China, undisputedly, is a great country experiencing an earthshaking development from every realm. We Chinese people also undergo an immensely unprecedented revolution in which each of us engaging in miscellaneous jobs to be involved in this storming transformation. Development for contemporary world has been a globalized concept and this double-edge sword has been accustomed to being waved everywhere for various reasons and accomplishing various tasks. You can easily catch a glimpse of this word in website, newspaper, television and other places. But to be more specific, in my opinion evolution implied in the development plays a more vital role than development itself. “Survival of the fittest” has overwhelmed any other so-called mainstream theories. People all strive diligently for a right to live. You must have seen how presidential elections run in America. It’s definitely not a painless way to generate a president. However, you can see this campaign, even more ferocious one everywhere and everyday in China. Under some basic condition of my country, this is an inevitable measure to take.

Confronting with this change, it reminds me of the spring and autumn and Warring States period in Chinese history when varying school of thoughts contend to govern the country by experimental and pioneering methods. Some of them even continue to be used nowadays such as Confucius’s doctrine of mean (Unfortunately, due to this classical doctrine, lots of Chinese people have been acclimatized to being normal and conservative for being scant of innovation and courage, but it’s another story). I’m always jealous of those people living in the revolution chapters for the reason that they could tangibly do something personally to change the way they live and enhance the way they think. Sacrifice is unavoidable but worthy because what they did may perform and predicate the future of their country and people profoundly. For me I think it’s time to create and extract something new and logical from here.

As we know that the openness of the Internet has enabled a free flow of information that transformed the way people learn, work and interact. Just as Chris Anderson claimed at TED Global 2010, we are now in an age of “crowd-accelerated innovation”: people find more like-minded people online, get inspired by their work, learn from the best and innovate. This process is becoming a circle, intriguing continuous innovation and fostering wider communication. As a member of China’s young generation, I’m in the frontier of exploring methodical and academic events in China which crosses boundaries of industries to showcase great ideas and works, to bring together thinkers and practitioners, to connect both the national and international bridge, to inspire.

I grew up seeing the development of Chinese Internet. I underwent the Internet from the birth of Sohu.com to the rivalry between Baidu and Google, from the boom of e-commerce to the proliferation of Sina Weibo nowadays. I see how Internet has empowered the awakening of democracy and how Internet has educated first generation college students like me from remote towns and given them opportunities to pursue exciting experiences; I also see, sadly, how immature teenagers were misled by violence in online games and conducted wicked behaviors; I see bubbles in the world’s Internet industry, but from the soaring investments, I also see the enthusiasm people have on how Internet is going to radically change, restyle even redesign our life, making it better of course.

My intention to pursue advanced education at UvA fits perfectly into my career goal. I plan to become a consultant in the field of Internet with an international consultancy in China and contribute my spare time to the development of an education-sharing network in the Chinese community. I believe the Internet, apart from local economic development, is an attainable solution to today’s education challenge for children of the migrant rural workers.

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