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复旦校友孙卫东流落美国街头,是什么导致他选择流浪

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纽约的街头,这座以其财富和魅力而闻名的城市,见证了一场意外的转折 - 孙伟东的故事。孙伟东是复旦大学的一位杰出校友,如今过着无家可归的生活。这个故事吸引了在线世界的关注,孙伟东的困境凸显了他过去的荣誉与当前的挣扎之间的鲜明对比,同时引发了关于导致他沦落的因素的讨论。

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从学霸到街头:

54岁的孙伟东的生活与他过去成功的博士后研究员和软件工程师的身份有了极大的偏离。他的学术之旅,以复旦大学的物理学学位为标志,随后在美国获得硕士和博士学位,与他目前的无家可归形成了鲜明的对比。他沦为无家可归者的道路始于2007年,经历一次痛苦的离婚,导致他在网吧和地铁站寻找庇护,并艰难度日。

病毒视频和在线同情:

一段记录孙伟东在纽约街头生活的视频使他迅速成为在线关注的焦点。这段影片深深触动了互联网用户,他们表达了对这位受过高等教育的个体不幸的同情。关于导致孙伟东困境的因素的辩论愈演愈烈,精神健康问题和韧性成为突出的主题。

复旦的回应和孙的成就:


复旦大学在纽约的校友会已经承认了孙伟东的处境,并准备提供支持。这一承诺照亮了孙伟东卓越的学术之旅,包括他通过复旦为天才少年设立的项目被录取,以及他对顶级科学期刊的贡献,受到诺贝尔奖得主李政道发起的中美物理考试和申请计划的影响。

随着孙表达了回到中国的愿望,他的故事成为对脆弱人类状况的鲜明提醒,即即使是最受过教育和成就卓越的人也可能陷入困境,引发了关于教育、心理健康和社会支持系统交汇的全球讨论。

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Fudan Alumnus Homeless in New York: An Unforeseen Tale of Struggle:复旦校友孙卫东游荡美国纽约街头 一段意想不到的挣扎故事
The streets of New York, a city renowned for its wealth and glamour, have witnessed an unexpected twist – the story of Sun Weidong, an accomplished Fudan University alumnus who now lives the life of a homeless man. A tale that has magnetized the online world, Sun’s predicament brings to the fore the stark contrast between his past accolades and his current struggles, while igniting a discussion about the factors leading to his downfall.

From Academia to the Alleys
At the age of 54, Sun’s life has drastically deviated from his past as a successful post-doctoral researcher and software engineer. His academic journey, punctuated by a physics degree from Fudan University and subsequent masters and doctoral degrees from the United States, stood in stark contrast to his current homeless state. His descent into homelessness began in 2007, following a painful divorce, leading him to seek refuge in Internet cafes and subway stations and struggle with minimal sustenance.

The Viral Video and Online Empathy
A video capturing Sun’s life on the streets of New York turned him into an instant online sensation. The footage resonated deeply with internet users, who expressed their empathy for the misfortune of this highly educated individual. The debate raged on about the factors contributing to Sun’s predicament, with mental health issues and resilience surfacing as prominent themes.

Fudan’s Response and Sun’s Achievements
Fudan’s alumni association in New York has acknowledged Sun’s situation, ready to extend their support. This commitment shines a light on Sun’s remarkable academic journey, which included his admission into Fudan through a program for gifted teenagers and his contribution to top science journals, influenced by the China-U.S. Physics Examination and Application program initiated by Noble laureate Tsung-Dao Lee.

As Sun expresses a desire to return to China, his tale serves as a stark reminder of the fragile human condition, where even the most educated and accomplished can find themselves in dire straits, triggering a global conversation on the intersection of education, mental health, and societal support systems.
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 楼主| 发表于 2024-1-7 22:42:11 | 显示全部楼层
2024年1月7日 - (纽约)一名在纽约街头漂泊了16年的无家可归者被确认为孙博士,他是复旦大学的校友,曾是一名在华尔街从事软件开发的前职业人士,获得了美国一所学府的博士学位。上周五,纽约的上海复旦大学校友会证实了他的身份,引起了广泛关注和对他境况的讨论。

孙博士从学术精英堕落到城市边缘的经历是一段个人逆境和制度挑战的故事,让这位江苏省江阴市54岁的本地人无家可归。他的故事是通过一位博主在线发布的一系列视频片段曝光的,该博主给这位声称在街头生活了十多年的男子提供了食物。

孙博士在复旦大学学习物理,之后在美国继续深造,获得物理学硕士和博士学位,随后进行了博士后研究,之后在华尔街从事了近两年的软件开发工作,月收入曾一度超过10万美元(约78,000英镑)。尽管有着如此光明的职业前景,但孙博士的生活在与婚姻破裂和试图返回中国受到当时美国对中国人才的限制的双重打击后发生了变化。

孙博士与在纽约认识的一名中国女子结婚,后来在获得美国绿卡后离婚,这对他的福祉造成了重大打击。随后的情感困扰导致他难以维持正常的工作和社交互动,加剧了由听觉幻觉引起的现实与妄想之间模糊界限的困境。这一渐进的衰落导致他在2007年开始无家可归。

尽管孙博士目前是美国公民,仍然时常经历幻觉,但他并未寻求政府庇护,将其决定归因于他目前位置的距离。他对一个有尊严的生活的渴望仍然存在,尽管他坦言自己在面对不切实际的期望和普遍的妄想时感到困扰,这些因素妨碍了他重新进入职场。

这一案例引发了激烈的在线辩论,网民们推测孙博士困境背后的原因。有人认为纽约高昂的生活成本可能是一个 contributing factor,而其他人则质疑他的英语水平,尽管他在美国有着丰富的教育和工作经验。然而,软件开发领域的专业人士指出,编程工作通常不要求高水平的英语口头沟通能力,这表明孙博士的沟通困难更可能归因于他的心理健康问题。

针对孙博士的公开困境,纽约的复旦校友们已经发起了志愿行动,而他的家人,现在已经了解到他的情况,呼吁保护隐私。孙博士的亲戚谴责了很多在线讨论为不准确,与校友会已经展开了讨论,以协调支持。

童年同学,包括刘先生在内,回忆起孙博士作为一个聪明、运动员出色且学术天才的个体,老师们几十年来一直将他尊称为“传奇”。他们在得知他目前的境况时产生了深深的感慨。

孙博士的学术贡献曾在Google Scholar上有过记录,包括1992年至1999年间发表的30多篇英文论文,其中有几篇被刊登在以诺贝尔奖得主的物理研究而闻名的《Physical Review》期刊系列中。该系列被认为是全球发表最多诺贝尔奖得主物理论文的系列。

上周五,复旦大学美国校友会(纽约)确认孙先生确实是复旦大学的校友,并表示纽约的复旦校友已自发组织了志愿行动。知情人士透露,孙先生的家人现在已经了解到他的情况,但希望不受打扰。孙先生的一位亲戚表示,很多在线信息都是“不真实的”,家人和复旦大学校友会之间已经建立了沟通,讨论如何最好地帮助他。此外,孙先生的小学和初中同学之一刘先生提到,孙曾经是一个外向、运动型的人,学业出色,老师们在他成长的几十年中一直将他尊称为“传奇”。对于他们来说,几十年后看到他在美国街头的视频生活,心情深感沉痛。根据Google Scholar平台的信息,孙先生于1997年从纽约市立大学毕业,其导师为Carl M. Shakin。
7th January 2024 – (New York) A homeless man found wandering the streets of New York for 16 years has been identified as Dr. Sun, an alumnus of Fudan University and a former Wall Street software developer with a doctorate from an American institution. The Shanghai Fudan University Alumni Association in New York confirmed his identity on Friday, sparking widespread concern and discussion about his circumstances.

Dr. Sun’s descent from the academic elite to the urban margins is a tale of personal adversity and systemic challenges that have left the 54-year-old native of Jiangyin, Jiangsu province, without a home. His story came to light through a series of video clips posted online by a blogger who provided meals to the man claiming to have been living on the streets for over a decade and a half.

Educated at the prestigious Fudan University in Physics, Dr. Sun pursued further studies in the United States, attaining a master’s and a doctoral degree in Physics, followed by a postdoctoral stint and nearly two years in software development on Wall Street where his monthly earnings once exceeded $100,000 (approximately £78,000). Despite such promising career prospects, Dr. Sun’s life took a turn following the dissolution of his four-year marriage and an unsuccessful attempt to return to China, hindered by U.S. restrictions on Chinese talent at the time.

Dr. Sun’s marriage to a Chinese woman he met in New York, who later divorced him after securing a U.S. green card, dealt a significant blow to his well-being. The subsequent emotional turmoil led to difficulties in maintaining normal work and social interactions, exacerbated by auditory hallucinations that blurred the lines between reality and delusion. This gradual decline culminated in his homelessness beginning in 2007.

Despite his current status as a U.S. citizen, Dr. Sun, who still experiences occasional hallucinations, has not sought refuge in government shelters, attributing his decision to the distance from his current location. His aspirations for a dignified life remain, though he candidly admits to struggling with impractical expectations and pervasive delusions, factors that have impeded his reentry into the workforce.

The case has sparked a robust online debate, with netizens speculating on the reasons behind Dr. Sun’s predicament. Some suggest the high cost of living in New York may have been a contributing factor, while others question his English proficiency, despite his extensive education and work experience in the United States. However, professionals in software development have noted that programming jobs often do not demand high levels of verbal English communication, suggesting that Dr. Sun’s communication struggles could be attributed more to his mental health issues.

In response to the publicised plight of Dr. Sun, local Fudan alumni in New York have mobilised volunteer efforts, while his family, now aware of his situation, has appealed for privacy. A relative of Dr. Sun has denounced much of the online discourse as inaccurate, and discussions are underway with the alumni association to coordinate support.

Childhood classmates, including one Mr. Liu, recall Dr. Sun as a bright, athletic, and academically gifted individual, revered by teachers as a ‘legend’ for over a decade. The revelation of his current situation has elicited a poignant response from those who knew him in his formative years.

Dr. Sun’s academic contributions, once documented on Google Scholar, include over thirty English-language papers published between 1992 and 1999, with several featured in the ‘Physical Review’ journal series, renowned for its association with Nobel Prize-winning physics research.

On Friday, the Fudan University Alumni Association of America (New York) confirmed that Mr. Sun is indeed an alumnus of Fudan University and that local Fudan alumni in New York have organized volunteer actions on their own initiative. Insiders have revealed that Mr. Sun’s family is now aware of his situation but wishes not to be disturbed. A relative of Mr. Sun has stated that much of the information online is “untrue,” and communication has been established between family friends and the Fudan University Alumni Association to discuss how best to assist him.

Moreover, Mr. Liu, who was a classmate of Mr. Sun’s during elementary and junior high school, mentioned that Sun used to be outgoing, sporty, and excelled academically, being referred to as a “legend” by school teachers for more than a decade. It is profoundly disheartening for him and others to see, decades later, their former classmate in videos living on the streets of America.

According to the Google Scholar platform, Mr. Sun graduated from the City University of New York in 1997, with Carl M. Shakin as his thesis advisor. He published over thirty papers in English between 1992 and 1999. Several of these papers appeared in the “Physical Review” journal series of Nuclear Physics SCI journals, which is established by the American Physical Society (APS) and considered to be the series publishing the most Nobel Prize-winning physics papers in the world.

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 楼主| 发表于 2024-1-7 22:51:26 | 显示全部楼层

The former software engineer is now sleeping rough

A Fudan University alumnus who is living on the streets of New York as a vagrant has become an Internet sensation after a video about him spread online.

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In the video, which is nine minutes 38 seconds long, the 54-year-old man Sun Weidong, with grey hair and sparse teeth, tells a blogger that he is from Jiangyin City of Jiangsu Province, China, and that he has lived in the United States for more than 30 years. He graduated from Fudan with a bachelor's degree in physics, and then acquired masters and doctoral degrees in the US.

He said that he had worked as a post-doctoral researcher for two years and then a software engineer at a Wall Street company for another two years with an annual pay of US$130,000 to US$140,000. He is now an American citizen.

He said he became homeless in 2007 and moved to Brooklyn. He said he first slept in Internet cafes in the evening and later on the streets.

"In summer, I sleep on benches on the streets," he said. "But now it's winter, it's too cold. So I go to subway stations. I usually have some bread for breakfast and lunch, and skip supper."

He said his life fell into disarray shortly after his devastating divorce and he faced hardship as he had been "captivated by loneliness and illusion".

"I cannot tell illusion from reality," he said.

He added that police had told him to go to shelters but he refused as they were far away.

When the blogger persuaded him to look for a job, he repeated that he would have a rest for several months and then would get employed easily.

After the blogger posted the video online, some former classmates identified him as Sun.

The Fudan Alumni Association of USA in New York released a statement on Saturday, confirming Sun is a Fudan graduate. It said a volunteer team has been established to help him.

According to the association, he had been visited on Thursday, and moved into a temporary residence on Friday with help from other Fudan alumni and people from Jiangyin.

Jiupai reported that the classmates said Sun was an outstanding student. He had studied at Nanjing Senior High School, the most famous high school in Jiangyin, for only one year and was admitted into Fudan via a program for gifted teenagers in 1985.

He went to study in the US with a scholarship via the China-U.S. Physics Examination and Application program, which was initiated by Chinese-born American physicist Tsung-Dao Lee. Tsung-Dao shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1958 with Chen-Ning Yang for their work in discovering violations of the principle of parity conservation. It's said that Sun had published several papers in top science journals.

Sun expressed his wishes to come back to China, according to Jiupai.

Many web users said it's a pity that such a well-educated person has become a vagrant. Some discussed what had caused his tragedy, such as metal health and ability to withstand misfortune.

"I wonder what had happened to him, but his story does remind me again that academic learning is only a small part in the lifelong growth of a person," said a Weibo user. "Comprehensive capability, including the ability of handling setbacks, is more important."
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应该是自身原因造成的,不值得同情
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