“中国合伙人” American Dreams in China

Last week, 张健和我 watched “中国合伙人”。Without the assistance of English subtitles, it was a bit difficult to follow. 张健 did his best to assist me with gathering the general meaning. This movie is extremely popular amongst the youth, as it recently hit theaters and follows the story of three young Chinese who set their dreams on going to America for further study. They are the second group to attend university after reform and opening up. The film actually depicts the story of the founders of the New Oriental School 新东方学校, the first Chinese language education company to go public in America as well as one of the firstly established language education training programs that focused on helping Chinese students in all aspects of the going abroad process. The film also follows the tumultuous relationship the three founders have as success take its toll and money becomes the be all to end all. They symbolize three different “characters” of that period. The first is called “屌丝”, or loser; the second is “土鳖”, or tortoise and the third is “愤青”, is the angry youth or cynical guy. The loser has to take the 高考, the college entrance exam three times. He’s deemed a failure and he also extremely awkward when it comes to relationships with the female persuasion. The tortoise is slow and steady, but finally wins the race. The cynic or angry youth is your typical rebellious type or likes to stick it to the man. A few other themes delicately touched on are discrimination from both a personal and company standpoint, the roller-coaster ride of entrepreneurship, and loss of love.

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