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Zhang Yiming’s Bytedance confession (in Chinese and English)

One of my current goals is to significantly improve my Mandarin skillz…here is a letter that Bytedance CEO Zhang Yiming (张一鸣) wrote as a kind of public confession to the Chinese government and Chinese public about Bytedance’s need to have more “positive energy” (正能量) and to better represent the country.

Zhang Yiming’s Bytedance confession (thanks to Niubi)
我深刻反思,公司目前存在问题的深层次原因是:
I profoundly reflect on the fact that a deep-level cause of the recent problems in my company is:
“四个意识”淡薄,社会主义核心价值观教育缺失,舆论导向存在偏差。
a weak “four consciousnesses”; deficiencies in education on the socialist core values; and deviation from public opinion guidance.
一直以来,我们过分强调技术的作用
all along, we have placed excessive emphasis on the role of technology
却没有意识到,技术必须要用社会主义核心价值观来引导,
and we have not acknowledged that technology must be led by the socialist core value system
转播正能量,符合时代要求,尊重公序良俗
broadcasting positive energy, suiting the demands of the era, and respecting common convention
我们必须重新梳理我们的愿景。
We must make a renewed effort to sort out our vision of the future.
我们说,要做全球的创作与交流平台。
We say, we want to make a global platform for creation and conversation.
这就要求我们必须保证所创作与交流的内容是积极向上的,健康有益的,
This demands that we must ensure that the content of creation and conversation are positive, healthy, and beneficial,
能够给时代,给人民带来正能量。
that they can offer positive energy to the era, and to the people.
我们必须重新阐释并切实践行我们的社会责任:
We must renew our understanding and enactment of our social responsibility
正直向善,科技创新,创造价值,担当责任,合作共赢。
upright and good, innovative technology, value creation, taking responsibility, cooperation and mutual benefit.
我深刻地认识到,企业的发展必须紧扣时代
I profoundly recognize that the company’s development must stick closely to the era
和国家发展主族律。
and to the main theme of national development
今天,监管部门,公众和媒体指出了公司存在的问题,
Today, the supervisory organs, the public, and the media have pointed out problems in our company,
是对我们的善意提醒和有力鞭策。
and this is a well-intentioned reminder and an encouragement to us.
我跟我的同事们将立即着手改变,
I and my colleagues will work immediately to bring about change —
改变自己的思想,
changing our own thoughts,
改变我们的做法。
and changing our methods.

Some useful vocab:
反思 = fǎn sī = reflection, introspection
淡薄 = dàn bó = light, thin, faint
偏差 = piān chā = deviation, bias
正能量 = zhèng néng liàng = positive energy (love this one)
愿景 = yuàn jǐng = vision
阐释 = chǎn shì = interpret, explain
担当责任 = dān dāng zé rèn = take responsibility
合作共赢 = hé zuò gòng yíng = win-win
紧扣时代 = jǐn kòu shí dài = keep up to date
监管部门 = jiān guǎn bù mén = supervisory organs, regulatory authorities
鞭策 = biān cè = spur, urge
着手改变 = zhuó shǒu gǎi biàn = start to change

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