This is a video I taped in the starting phase of practicing my speech for the final presentation in yuedu class, so there's a few charming mistakes and hesitation. (You try speaking for ten minutes straight in Chinese!)
Below I've added the speech in writing with a very rough translation.
My topic today is related to Chinese culture, but perhaps even more prominently it's related to a matter connected to problems in China's society that is still in need of being solved.
I came to Beijing in order to study Chinese.
Since it was my first time in China, my understanding towards Chinese society and the mentality of Chinese people still wasn't that vast.
However, soon the impression that Chinese people left me was that they love to chat, crack jokes, and they're certainly not afraid of having loud arguments in the middle of the street.
I truly enjoy the "chaos" of Beijing, and the sometimes bad temper of Chinese people.
Chinese people love to watch the commotion, particulary when something unexpected occurs in the streets, it will really attract a lot of people's attention.
However, a certain kind of "commotion" in the streets will strangely enough cause the ignoration of Chinese people.
Two, three weeks after arriving in China, I already encountered what I consider to be my most memorable "experience" in China.
Of course, at that time it already felt like a memorable experience, but what I would discover later about the Chinese society would cause that particulary matter to become even more memorable.
One day, having just finished class, me and my room mate were riding our bikes home.
She was riding in front of me, but suddenly she stopped.
"What's going on? Did you drop something?" I asked her.
But she just said "We should help her"
Across the street a lady driving an electrical moped had just fallen down, and she was now lying on the ground.
But no one seemed to care about her, even tough the street was full of people.
They all just busily hurried past.
When we hurriedly crossed the street to help the lady, I thought to myself "There's so many people here, why is no one helping that woman? Why does it take us two foreigners before she gets any assistance?"
"How are you, did you get hurt?" We worriedly asked her.
Seeing her face it was clear she was in shock, because she could hardly utter a word, her clothes was covered in dirt, and her hands and legs had bleeding scratchmarks.
Luckily her injuries wasn't that serious.
I still remember discussing that matter with my room mate, thinking that it was very strange that no one helped her.
"It was probably just a coincidence", I had no choice but to console myself in this way, but this matter would cause me to start having doubts about China's society.
I know I can't generalize,but shamefully I have to say that experiences like this would unavoidably cause me to think that Chinese people didn't have any sympathy.
Three months later I read an article in the newspaper about a two-year-old girl in Guangdong province that had been run over by two vehicles.
There was also a video tape showing how so many people walked past her, but no one helped her.
And she was just a child!
Later I heard about how approximately ten years ago in China this elderly lady had fallen down and a person helped her, however the old lady wound up blaming the person helping her, so that he was forced to pay her a lot of money.
Your original wish was to help a person, but the result is you receive the blame.
It seems like Chinese people are not willing to help other people, in fear of suffering unfavourable consequences.
But the story in Guangdong province, that was only a young child, no matter what, someone should have helped her!
It looks like even if a child would die, Chinese people still won't help a person in need.
Thinking about this would make me really troubled.
I know China is very big and that there's so many Chinese people.
I've also heard that getting medical care in China is both hard to come by and expensive, and that most Chinese people don't have medical insurance. This might cause people in a pickle to desperately search for a scapegoat to give the blame.
I know it's not just China that has problems like this.
But, in the future China will only grow stronger, and also might turn into the most influential and powerful nation in the world.
However, the Chinese society still have a lot of serious problems in great need of being solved.