TELL+SHANGHAI speeches promote city's spirit

Seven notable citizens from all walks of life shared their stories at a public lecture at Fudan University on Friday in an annual event to highlight Shanghai's spirit and culture.
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Luo Ling, an overseas returnee who gave up a high salary and chose to work for the State Grid Corporation of China, tells his experiences at the TELL+SHANGHAI lecture on Friday.

Seven notable citizens from all walks of life shared their stories at a public lecture at Fudan University on Friday in an annual event to highlight Shanghai's spirit and culture.

The TELL+SHANGHAI stage speech, the second of its kind, was directed by the Publicity Department of the CPC Shanghai Committee, and co-organized by the Shanghai Office of the Spiritual Civilization Steering Committee, the university and the Tell public speech association.

The narrators included an overseas returnee who gave up his high salary and chose to work for a state-owned enterprise, an employee at the site of the First National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a local doctor dedicated to improving medical conditions in the Tibet Autonomous Region, as well as a test flight engineer for China's first domestically developed long-haul aircraft.

Over 400 audience members, including university students and local residents, braved the heat to listen to their speeches at the Guanghua Building of the university on Friday afternoon.

"The TELL+SHANGHAI lecture aims to develop and tell Shanghai stories to the public in order to interpret and promote the spirit of the city, such as tolerance, excellence, openness and modesty," said the organizer of the event.

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The TELL+SHANGHAI public lecture was held in Fudan University on Friday. It aimed to develop and tell Shanghai stories to the public in order to interpret and promote the spirit of the city, such as tolerance, excellence, openness and modesty.

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Long Ziwen, a surgeon with Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, talks about his experiences between 2016 and 2018 treating patients and  helping to improve medical conditions in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

The public lecture is also part of the city government’s broader efforts to build up its “four brands”: services, manufacturing, shopping and culture.

Long Ziwen, a surgeon with Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, is dubbed "the angel" by many of his patients in Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city. He spent the last two years there, not only treating patients but also helping to develop the hospital, which was equipped with dated facilities, to meet the country's top level standard.

"I cherish my experiences in Shigatse and never felt it was a tough journey," Long said.

Another speaker, Wu Fan, has been working at the Memorial Site of the First National Congress of CPC for over a decade. She once worked as an interpreter, a researcher and now takes charge of souvenir design.

"I found the meaning of my life and belief during my work at the site," Wu said.

Ling Ning, an engineer with the test flight center of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC), has dedicated most of his youth to the maiden flight of the C919, China's first domestically developed narrow body aircraft.

"I felt my dream to become a pilot has come true when the aircraft successfully finished its maiden test flight in May 2017," Ling said.

The organizer said many more notable citizens will be invited to the stage to share their stories with the public in the future.

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