#78 A young American video blogger building a bridge between America and China 一个美国小伙建造中美的桥梁

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大家好!欢迎回来MaoMi Chinese。我们经常会在新闻上看到各种各样的报道和各种各样的观点。比如,中国的媒体有时候会批评美国,美国的媒体有时候也会批评中国。可是,两个国家的人们真的了解对方吗?有一个美国的视频博主,他努力地拍很多客观的视频,让中国人和美国人互相了解。他叫Jerry Kowal, 中文名叫郭杰瑞。今天,我们一起来聊一聊郭杰瑞和他的视频吧!

郭杰瑞在1992年出生,是美国人。他会说中文,也曾经在台湾当过交换生。大概在2018年,他开始拍视频,并且在中国的视频网站哔哩哔哩上发视频。刚开始的时候,大家关注他是因为他的视频结尾非常特别。在他的视频结尾,他经常说:

“好的,那我现在走吧!拜拜!我是郭杰瑞!”

在视频的结尾大喊自己的中文名字,听起来就很好玩。现在,郭杰瑞已经有两千多万的粉丝。大家喜欢他的什么呢?他的视频为什么会一直这么受欢迎呢?我觉得有这三个原因:

第一个原因:郭杰瑞很有个性。他很喜欢吃辣的东西。他常常在中国吃美食。因为他的中文不是特别好,吃完以后,他常常只会说:“这个不辣!”或者“这个有一点辣!我觉得很好吃!”大家觉得他的个性很有趣。

第二个原因:他很客观。刚开始,他拍视频只是为了练习说中文,后来,他对文化差异特别感兴趣,所以他拍了很多关于文化差异的视频。比如,中国人和美国人存钱的对比,中国和美国食物浪费,中国和美国是怎样扶贫的,等等。在新冠疫情最严重的时候,他去采访不愿意戴口罩的美国人。虽然他不完全赞同他们的观点,但是他没有批评和反对,他只想把每个人的想法客观地拍下来。

第三个原因:他尊重每个地方的文化。除了中国和美国,郭杰瑞也去了很多国家。比如,他去过印度拍印度的贫民窟,也采访过印度的有钱人。他也去过乌克兰,拍乌克兰的物价和普通人的生活。他也去过秘鲁的亚马逊雨林,和当地人一起生活。但是,他从来不会说一个地方好或者不好。他认为每个地方的人都有不一样的生活,所以他只会去体验当地的生活。

有一次他接受采访,他是这样说的:

“我觉得作为一个美国人,我爱我的国家,对吧。我要我的国家进步,对吧。我觉得我们的新闻可以少一点批评中国,我觉得除了让中国和美国的关系好,我觉得这个也可以让美国进步。为什么进步?因为中国有好多好多科技上的东西,美国现在没有。然后我觉得如果美国人可以意识到这个东西,可能会给他们这个要求。然后我说这个,不是我要夸中国,不是。 其实我要美国人知道这个事情,我真的不是为了让你们更自信或者夸你们,这个可以帮助我自己的国家。”

郭杰瑞说,他拍很多视频,是为了让更多美国人了解中国,也希望美国可以更进步。其实,不管我们来自哪里,我们都需要了解更多的国家,更多的文化,还有更多的人。因为只有了解别人,我们才能了解我们自己。你觉得呢?欢迎在评论和我们分享你的想法!

Hello everyone! Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese. We often see all kinds of reports and all kinds of opinions on the news. For example, the Chinese media sometimes criticizes the United States, and the American media sometimes criticizes China. But do the people of the two countries really know about each other? There is an American video blogger who works hard to make a lot of objective videos to let Chinese and Americans understand each other. His name is Jerry Kowal, and his Chinese name is Guo Jierui. Today, let's talk about Jerry Guo and his video!

Guo Jierui was born in 1992 and is an American. He speaks Chinese and was an exchange student in Taiwan. Around 2018, he started making videos and posting them on Bilibili, a Chinese video site. At the beginning, people paid attention to him because his video ending was very special. At the end of his videos, he often says:

"Okay, then I'll go now! Bye! I'm Guo Jerry!"

Shouting out his Chinese name at the end of the video sounds funny. Now, Guo Jierui has more than 20 million fans. What do people like about him? Why are his videos so popular? I think there are three reasons:

The first reason: Guo Jierui has unique personality. He likes spicy food. He often eats delicious food in China. Because his Chinese is not very good, after food, he often only says: "This is not spicy!" or "This is a little spicy! I think this is delicious!" Everyone thinks his personality is very interesting.

The second reason: He is very objective. At first, he made videos just to practice speaking Chinese. Later, he was very interested in cultural differences, so he made a lot of videos about cultural differences. For example, the comparison of Chinese and American savings, the food waste in China and the United States, how China and the United States help poverty, and so on. During covid-19 pandemic, he went to interview Americans who were reluctant to wear masks. Although he didn’t fully agree with their point of view, he had no criticism or opposition, he just wanted to show everyone's thoughts objectively.

The third reason: He respects the culture of every place. In addition to China and the United States, Guo Jierui also went to many countries. For example, he has been to India to film slums in India, and he has also interviewed rich people in India. He has also been to Ukraine, making videos of the prices of Ukraine and the lives of ordinary people. He also traveled to the Amazon rainforest in Peru, where he lived with the locals. However, he never said a place was good or bad. He believes that people in different places have different lives, so he will only experience the local life.

In one of his interviews, he said this:

"I think as an American, I love my country. I want my country to improve. I think our news can be a little less critical of China, and I think in addition to improving the relationship between China and the United States, I think this can also help the United States make progress. Why? Because China has a lot of technological things that the United States does not have now. Then I think if Americans can realize this thing, they may make the request (to the government). I don’t say this to praise China. No. In fact, I want Americans to know about this. I don’t mean to help China boost confident or praise it. This can help my own country.”

Guo Jierui said that he made a lot of videos in order to let more Americans understand China and hope that the United States can make more progress. In fact, no matter where we come from, we need to learn about different countries, cultures, and people. Because only by understanding others can we understand ourselves. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

6 thoughts on “#78 A young American video blogger building a bridge between America and China 一个美国小伙建造中美的桥梁”

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