Awakening Age 觉醒年代 Episode 6 Recap
Chen Duxiu looked at the spacious appearance of the editorial department with envy, Li Dazhao rushed to hug Chen Duxiu warmly, and teased that he was still so down and out, wearing the coat he gave him. Chen Duxiu proposed to discuss with Li Dazhao about the two newspapers. Li Dazhao enthusiastically took Chen Duxiu to let him go home with him. The workers and friends in Changxindian were making rabbit meat at home.
The group went to the place where Li Dazhao stayed. As soon as he walked in, Li Dazhao greeted Fugui and Xiaosha to introduce Chen Duxiu to them. Fugui and Xiaosha are making dumplings, and Chen Duxiu rolls up his sleeves to help make dumplings without any pretensions. Talking about the days in Japan, the two people talked and laughed, but they praised each other when they mentioned the two newspapers. Li Dazhao suggested that the two newspapers, instead of the north and the south, should be rooted in Beijing together, and the two swords should be combined.
Chen Duxiu worries that the bureaucracy of the Beijing government is not conducive to the promotion of “New Youth.” Everyone told Chen Duxiu about the influence of “New Youth” in Beijing, and even working class like rich and dignified highly praised the vernacular movement. Li Dazhao told him that only when all classes are reformed can he take on a new look. Gao Yihan also proposed that more and better editors can be found in Beijing to meet the reading needs of all classes.
Chen Duxiu therefore proposed two conditions: one is that Li Dazhao wants to come to “New Youth” to help, and the other is to ask the “treasurer” Wang Mengzou. Wang Mengzou knew that Chen Duxiu had been tempted by Cai Yuanpei’s proposal, and he felt that the editor was in Beijing and the printing was in Shanghai, which would open up the road across the country and take it to the next level. Chen Duxiu decided to come to Beijing to take root.
Cai Yuanpei held an umbrella and visited again in the wind and snow. This time, Chen Duxiu was neatly dressed and opened the door early, waiting for her husband’s arrival. Seeing Cai Yuanpei standing up and handing over his luggage, Cai Yuanpei laughed happily when he saw his attitude. Chen Duxiu invited her to sit here. He was also very touched by visiting the thatched cottage. Chen Duxiu asked for a trial period of three months because he taught for the first time. If he did not teach well, he would go back to Shanghai. Cai Yuanpei readily agreed, holding his hand to welcome him to Peking University.
In front of the North Gate, Wang Daxie, Fan Yuanlian and others are preparing to welcome Cai Yuanpei. In the auditorium, an old gentleman with braids, clothes and servants is quite eye-catching. This old gentleman named Gu Hongming improved the literature written by Hu Shi Zou Yi’s article was heavily criticized, saying it was a thing of forgetting one’s ancestors, and even denounced them for admiring foreign and foreigners, and it was impossible for Chen Duxiu, who is about to become the chief of arts and sciences, to catch him.
Qian Xuantong really couldn’t listen to these decadent and arrogant words. He was angry that this was the trend, and those who followed the surrender would perish. Their squad of disease-free groaning could not be mixed at Peking University and would not defeat Tongcheng Mistakes. There is no way out for such bad habits in Chinese literature.
Cai Yuanpei came in a carriage outside the door, and after shaking hands with colleagues one by one in the auditorium, he took the stage and delivered an inaugural speech. He emphasized three main points, with a fixed purpose, we must emphasize learning instead of seeking to be an official and make a fortune. We must lay a solid foundation and study diligently, otherwise we will misunderstand others and our children if we are a teacher, and we will misunderstand the country and the people if we are government. The two are ethical, and the current social atmosphere is perfunctory.
As a Peking University person, you must not be rigorous in your character and cultivation. 3. Respect teachers and friends, see each other frankly, openly, and encourage each other. Masters and students of Beijing must share honor and disgrace. He believes that Beijing Conference will become a place for people of culture and thought. This speech received a standing applause from all teachers and students. They were happy that the spring of Peking University was coming.
Chen Duxiu returned to Shanghai and told his wife that he was going to teach at Peking University, but he had to try it out for three months by himself. After he settled down, he would take his wife and children with him. Back in the study, Chen Duxiu wrote to Hu Shi. At the beginning, he wanted to propose Hu Shicheng as the dean of liberal arts, but because Hu Shi had not yet graduated, he came to the post, and hoped that Hu Shi could come to Peking University to teach when he returned to China after graduation.
Yi Baisha and Chen Duxiu drank to see him off. The two of them were drunk and floated, but he flatly refused the invitation of Chen Duxiu to go to Beijing together. He was pessimistic about Hu Shi’s vernacular criticism of Confucianism and Mencius. He hated the politicians in Beijing and disliked political struggles. He is sorry that he is not the one who can accompany Chen Duxiu to find a way out for the country, but he firmly believes that Chen Duxiu will definitely find a new way for China.
Chen Duxiu was lightly dressed and simply got on the train to Beijing. At No. 9 Jiangan Hutong in Beijing, Chen Duxiu was about to bind the number plate of the New Youth Editorial Department. Qian Xuantong brought Xingang and a few other students from Peking University to visit him. Several students are loyal fans of “New Youth”. Seeing that Chen Duxiu admires them very much, they offered to help him book the house number.
Cai Yuanpei also brought a group of people to Chen Duxiu’s courtyard to welcome “New Youth” to Beijing. However, after “New Youth” published Hu Shi’s article, it has encountered opposition from some hardliners. Cai Yuanpei reminded Chen Duxiu to pay more attention. But Chen Duxiu has always had a firm heart. He came to Beijing to fight. Cai Yuanpei admired his courage and warned him not to have to be a Don Quixote character.
The next day, Peking University held a school committee meeting. Cai Yuanpei introduced Xia Yuanxiu and Chen Duxiu to the people. He was not welcome to Chen Duxiu’s hardliners headed by Gu Hongming. Gu Hongming got up and asked which school Chen Duxiu graduated and what books he had. Li said that Chen Duxiu answered frankly one by one, clearly stating that he would resign on the initiative of trying to work for three months and a certain number of failures, and that he was willing to conduct academic discussions with Gu Hongming. Cai Yuanpei stopped the dispute between the two and pointed out that the main topic of today’s meeting was how to implement the reform work of Peking University.