CCTV Interview With Samuel Ting Ridiculed By Netizens

This video contains two parts of a CCTV interview with famous Chinese-American Nobel Prize winner and scientist, Ding Zhaozhong. This recent popular KDS topic, “CCTV hosts’ IQs, with pictures there is proof…“,  is responding to the second part of the interview translated below:

CCTV: You are Ding Zhaozhong, Your younger brother is called Ding Zhaohua, and your youngest brother is called Ding Zhaomin–

Ding Zhaozhong: (interrupting) Younger sister.

CCTV: Younger sister. If there were another one, would the name be Ding Zhaozu?

Ding Zhaozhong: (without hestiation) No, the name would be Ding Zhaoguo.

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In the first section of the video, Samuel Ting talks about the subjects he was good with in school and his choice between studying science or history:

CCTV: At the time, which subject were you more interested in, in your heart?

Ding Zhaozhong: At least for me, what a middle school student is more interested in is what subject he can get very good grades in without studying a lot. No one get zero points and is still interested.

Ding Zhaozhong: For Chinese history, I often got full marks. And I did not have to work very hard. Physics, chemistry, math, my grades were also not bad. What I was not so good at was called…”Three Principles of the People” and the like… [politics]

CCTV: Then at that time, why did you not choose history?

Ding Zhaozhong: Because I had a kind of feeling that it would be very difficult to find the truth, because with the change of each dynasty and each period in China, the first thing they did was to rewrite history.

Comments from KDS:

老刘:

What a cold joke!

Mutombo:

全自动背米:

He [the host] was just asking to be insulted/embarrassed.

硕鼠:

Niu person! Though this niu person is qualified to be niu!

上海1945:

The host did not do his homework, asking such a unharmonious question.

封贴无数:

Strong in history and physics, basically can be considered an all-around genius. What more, his weakness is politics, which means he is an all-around genius with a conscience…

lubinchan:

Dr. Ding’s expression in the last picture is a funny contrast with the host’s ugly fart expression before. Haha.

松哥:

The director’s IQ is also low,
not cutting/editing [this part] out.

茶叶:

CCTV hosts are all mental retards.

便秘王:

Invincible Beijinger, trying to play logic with a Nobel Prize winner.

niceguy:

I hate 嘻嘻踢痿 [“xi xi ti wei”, CCTV] the most! A bunch of idiots. At 7:00pm, the first 10 minutes are that the leaders are very busy, going everywhere on official business to tour and inspect. Next is that the people are very happy, everywhere rejoicing about the spring harvest. The final 10 minutes is that the rest of the world is very chaotic, everywhere explosions and riots.
Two words: Ce na!

尼普洛:

I want to see the host’s reaction.

YOYO_ZEZE:

This reporter is too “thirteen” [silly, abnormal, stupid], assuming he [Samuel Ting] would be on the mainland’s side.

“…Because there was no “Guo”, we ran to Taiwan”

CN, his meaning was obvious, yet they [CCTV] still broadcast this. Oh well, what can you do, he is a scientist who has the respect of the whole world.

[Ding Zhaozhong’s explanation is a double meaning joke. He is saying “because we did not have this fourth child named ‘Guo’, we went to Taiwan” which also mean “because Chiang Kai-Shek lost the mainland China, we went with him to Taiwan.”]

小心烫口:

I think his brain is damaged, asking such a stupid question, probably using his ass to think up these questions.

lyomancp:

Ding! I saw this interview before, the host and Ding Zhaozhong are completely on different levels, the difference in their IQs like a university student having an exchange with a kindergartener, the host trying his best to curry favor with Ding Zhaozhong but unable to find north [unable to find a way], completely not on the same channel, the host not even reach the edge of Ding Zhaozhong’s thinking.

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  • Rick in China

    I don’t understand why people are angry..because he speaks the truth? I might be missing something here.

    • Celkian

      I don’t understand, i didn’t see any anger.

  • Sara

    中 华 民 国

  • jiajia

    Your missing the fact that they’re saying the host is an idiot?

  • Kage Musha

    lol, maybe Rick didn’t read the text?

    In case the people don’t know what they’re talking about:
    Ding Zhaozhong
    Ding Zhaohua
    Ding Zhaomin
    Ding Zhaoguo

    The reporter wanted to direct is to Zhonghua minzu which means the Chinese identity.
    But Samuel Ting made it Zhonghua minguo = Republic of China = Taiwan.

    And as Jiajia said, the comments posted in the article were all negative towards the CCTV host

    • Rick in China

      That’s what I needed, thanks.

      I read the text, but didn’t read the comments, I assumed they were directed at the interviewee rather than the interview, which became obviously wrong when I read the comments. The title should have been something like “CCTV Host’s Failed Interview With Samuel Ting Ridiculed By Netizens” for clarity..I assumed the subject was Samuel Ting as opposed to the host. (given, I could also have read the comments and cleared that misconception up.)

      • donsushi8

        I had the same problem as Rick, though.

        Fauna, could you perhaps start your postings with a short introduction, so people know what to expect? Some may find it difficult to understand what the posts are about and others may not be equally interested in every little scandal, so it would be good to know what’s coming. Having to read through the whole post only to find out what it is about can be quite 麻烦.

  • Kiku

    LOL, his family must be waishengren and his parents die-hard KMT supporters.

    And the rewriting of history sounds pretty negative too…

    • Kage Musha

      There always is rewriting of history by the strongest power or winner. It happened in the past and also will happen in the future.

      • Sushi

        It’s true today in the USA with the transition of power to the Democrats. Everyone interprets history though their subjective lens. Fact of life.

  • jason

    How about ding lei ga fei. haha! that wouldn’t been funny too.

  • Fcuk Da Lu Ren

    “Strong in history and physics, basically can be considered an all-around genius. What more, his weakness is politics, which means he is an all-around genius with a conscience…”

    This gives me hope for Chinese people

  • Kevin

    I like this comment which shows that not all Chinese people believe the government bullshit:

    I hate 嘻嘻踢痿 [“xi xi ti wei”, CCTV] the most! A bunch of idiots. At 7:00pm, the first 10 minutes are that the leaders are very busy, going everywhere on official business to tour and inspect. Next is that the people are very happy, everywhere rejoicing about the spring harvest. The final 10 minutes is that the rest of the world is very chaotic, everywhere explosions and riots.
    Two words: Ce na!

    • MS

      Actually I almost never seen a Chinese who believed in the government bullshit on the Chinese internet. At least that’s true for the translated comments on Chinasmack.

  • VeerLeft

    “Because I had a kind of feeling that it would be very difficult to find the truth, because with the change of each dynasty and each period in China, the first thing they did was to rewrite history.”

    I love it! Sing it brother!

  • http://bluenomadic.blogspot.com B.Smith

    Brilliant post! Nice job Fauna. The responses were hilarious:-)

  • Michael

    Good post and good on Mr. Ding.

  • mike

    the whole thing is 自找苦吃, ha, what did he (interviewer) expect?

  • luis zhang

    I think the host may felt embarrassed and naked,he was too stupid to catch Dr Ding`s thoughts.

  • Bert

    Look at the reporter’s eye spasm at 1:55 lol.

    Mr. Ting is an American with Chinese ancestrage (spelling?)

  • randolph

    Is it not possible that the interviewer is colluding with Mr. Ding?

  • too yellow

    people are making too big of a deal out of this, it’s sort of thing happened a lot lately.

  • Sonia

    So, to reiterate, for people who are confused, the negative comments are directed at the CCTV host (aka the interviewer).

    The negative comments are not directed at Samuel Ting (aka the interviewee).

    CCTV isn’t bad all the time. However, that’s not to say that it’s good all the time either, this example being point in case. Fortunately, I have the opportunity to access not only CCTV but also media from around the world. Thus, I see it as a valuable source as providing alternative perspectives.

    Obviously, CCTV suffers from the fact that it’s government regulated and has little to no competition from other media sources. But that’s not to say that it’s inherently evil or worthless.

    Having talked with Professor Ting myself, I doubt that he was trying to make any specifically pointed remarks at the current political atmosphere. Maybe he was simply stating what’s actually a fact: that history is largely up to interpretation, and it’s hard to decide what’s true or not, having been so removed from past events, and being biased regarding more recent ones. This is true in Chinese history, in contemporary Chinese history, and in the histories of everywhere else in the world as well…

    …Or maybe he was just peeved that the host made a stupid mistake regarding his family and should have known better.

    • Rick in China

      Erm…I don’t know if you read all of the comments by posters here, but politically, it was less about the history remark than the Name remark. Read Kage Musha’s post above (very clear) where he(?) states:

      “In case the people don’t know what they’re talking about:
      Ding Zhaozhong
      Ding Zhaohua
      Ding Zhaomin
      Ding Zhaoguo

      The reporter wanted to direct is to Zhonghua minzu which means the Chinese identity.
      But Samuel Ting made it Zhonghua minguo = Republic of China = Taiwan.”

      He was basically wittingly and immediately (notice the remark in the speech where he “(without hestiation) No, the name would be Ding Zhaoguo.” with a mona lisa smile? The point was he was refuting Mainlander status and pushing pro-Taiwanese status in a witty way.

      The history remark was more-so just a fact that is true for most kingdoms throughout history..ala “Let moses name be erased from all texts and sculpture throughout egypt, and anyone who speaks his name be killed”.

  • Bert

    I disagree, CCTV IS worthless and evil!

  • http://www.ebaumsworld.com InSovietChina

    i loled, clever

  • rad&bad dude

    Nice. China needs more people like this. Or maybe, TW needs to figure out a way to extend its influence over the mainland.

  • fireworks

    This interview is like the river crab with three watches. Its about metaphors and abstract bollocks to try and make simple concepts difficult for the layman to understand.

  • Bert

    Yes, I agree with fireworks, when society can’t say things plainly what’s the use?

  • Bamboohat

    I think Mr.Ding is not talking about his family being pro-Taiwan. It’s more about how his family choose to follow Ching Kaisek, who lost to Communist Party and run to Taiwan. So it’s not about him supporting Taiwan Freedom Movement.

    Actually I’m sad to see how China become a communist society, although it’s not their fault in the first place-after all communism sourced from a small part of westerner with idealistic dreamer(read: Russia).

    Just to illustrate the difference:
    Japan. As we all know, Japan also a kingdomship before it embrace one of many western ideologies. The difference with China was the fact that Japan embrace Democracy, while China embrace communism.

    Maybe western should create a new ideology, then see if China can embrace that one.Democracy nowadays become too overrated anyway, just a name for idealistic dream but in reality it’s a dirty politic too.

    • Josiah

      You mean Japan had democracy rammed down its throat by the Americans after world war two. Now I support it in this case, since the Japanese government had to be replaced, and democracy, even a weird one like japans is better then another authoritarian state.

      But you can’t say the Japanese chose to become democratic. It was very much imposed on them.

    • Kage Musha

      Why must the Western world create a new ideology?
      And why does China have to embrace a new ideology created by a Western world?

      China can follow it’s own course

      Communism was maybe even more idealistic. And as it always turns out, everything can be turned into something bad by our human greed :D

    • Bert

      Is anything China’s fault, ever? So pollution in China isn’t China’s fault because they didn’t invent cars or plastic?

    • Tony

      Japan isn’t a real democracy; the Diet members don’t really represent their constituents, and the LDP is basically one large old boys club where nepotism and cronyism run deep – this is evident from Japan’s revolving door politics.

  • Jay

    Japan has a communist party, open debate and free elections. If they wanted to go backward and choose a dictatorship or communism they could at any time. But they aren’t that stupid.

  • fjlkdsjf

    I’d love to slap that meaty face of the host silly! Such a dim wit yet so pretentious!

    • Tony

      agreed; typical State-media trash, deserves more than a few bitch slaps..

  • qwerty

    Why they did not cut this part before the broadcasting?
    Better than before when they would have cut before showing it to the public.

  • too yellow

    this is old news now, please post the 严晓玲 story, that is a news/rumor of epic proportions in China’s internet sphere right now.

    • Peteryang

      big brother said it’s fake.

      • too yellow

        never the less, it made to baidu top page

  • Nicklve

    Think the question was deliberately raised by the anchor, who thought Dr Ding would be more acceptable of China nation than Republic of China. It turned out that Dr Ding didn’t see the the anchor’s friendly but very obviously political intention. Joke it is! Not all the top scientists have to buy such embarassing cliche…

  • http://IreadsomebodyfromTsingHuaUjustmessup Vivian

    I believe when Dr.Ding’s father using the terms ‘zhonghuaminguo’ for all the kids name, he was referring the initial revolution represented by Dr. Sun Yat Sen.

    It strengthen my though when he mentioned how his grand parent gave up everything and jointed Dr. Sun Yet Sun’s revolution organization 同盟会. Yet fatally and ironically get executed in 1911 on the eve of revolution success. (Republic of China established the same year)

    When he mentioned during secondary school he was good in History, Science subject but weak in Politics. It might also implicated that he might not really that whole heartily agree Chang’s family rule in Taiwan.
    His comment about re-writing history can apply to Taiwan during that period too.

    BTW, one should not expect too much from the “brain damaged” TV host.I read somebody in TsingHua U history faculty has mess up Chang Kai Shek’s name during translation. I strongly feel that this TV host would be just the same kind of ignorant+ arrogant idxxx.

  • Fike2308

    CCTV: At the time, which subject were you more interested in, in your heart?

    Ding Zhaozhong: At least for me, what a middle school student is more interested in is what subject he can get very good grades in without studying a lot. No one get zero points and is still interested.

    Ding Zhaozhong: For Chinese history, I often got full marks. And I did not have to work very hard. Physics, chemistry, math, my grades were also not bad. What I was not so good at was called…”Three Principles of the People” and the like… [politics]

    CCTV: Then at that time, why did you not choose history?

    Ding Zhaozhong: Because I had a kind of feeling that it would be very difficult to find the truth, because with the change of each dynasty and each period in China, the first thing they did was to rewrite history.

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