Thank you all for being here today, and the latecomers as well, thank you for coming in quietly.
I want to start off today just to take a moment of silence for the victims of the Sichuan earth quake and also the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. So let’s just take a minute to pay our respect to them.
I never thought I would be addressing you, the esteemed members of the Oxford Union, without a guitar, or an erhu, without my crazy stage hair, costumes, but I did perform in the O2 Arena in London last week.
address sb. 向…致辞，用进行时准确
I’m not sure if any of you were able to make that but in many ways that was similar to what I’m talking about today, that is introducing Chinese Pop Music to you.
I’m here to give you the state of the union address. It’s not the Oxford Union. It’s the union of the east and the west.
the state of the union address 联合分析报告，总统演讲常用咨文
I want to frankly, openly and honestly talk about how we’ve done a good job or how we’ve done a bad job of bringing Chinese pop to the west, and I also want to impress upon all of you here today the importance of that soft culture, that soft power exchange and how each of us is involved in that exchange.
impress upon 使…牢记，印象深刻
Soft power … is defined as the ability to attract and persuade…and the ability for a culture to tell a compelling story and influence others to fall in love with it. I like that definition, but I want to put it in collegiate terms for all you students in the audience.
The way I see it, east and west are kind of like freshmen roommates. You don’t know a lot about each other, but suddenly you are living together in the same room, and each one is scared that the other’s gonna steal his shower time, or wants to party when the other wants to study. It has the potential to be absolute hell, doesn’t it?
I know a lot of students here have your own separate bedrooms, but when I was a freshman at Williams College, I was not so fortunate. I had a roommate, and he was that roommate. Let’s just call him Frank.
Frank was my roommate, and Frank liked nothing more than to smoke weed, and he did it every day. Frank had a two-foot long bong under his bed that was constantly being fired up.
For those Chinese speakers in the audience, Frank was 火力全开 on that bong every day.
So yes I was kind of the opposite of Bill Colinton who tried marihuana but didn’t inhale, see, I didn’t try marihuana but I did inhale.
the opposite of 与谁相反
And strangely enough, every time I go into our bedroom I mysteriously end up late for class.
end up 口语中最常用的表结果方法
Having a roommate can be a recipe for disaster, but it also has a potential for being the greatest friendship you’ve ever had.
a recipe for … 造成…的因素
So going back to my analogy, of east and west as roommates, do you want to be Frank, or do you want to be Steven and Jason, and I think in this age of 2013, we should all be striving for the latter, shouldn’t we? I mean, I’m assuming that we all agree that this is the goal we should all be striving for.
strive for 争取