IRAS: Chapter 558 – Public outcry!

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Chapter 558 Public outcry!

In the hall.

When he got back to his seat, Zhang Ye passed the script of the speech back to Dean Pan and told him, “You should look for someone else to give the speech. I won’t be able to do it.”

Dean Pan wondered, “What’s the matter?”

Zhang Ye said, “The heads requested we add something to it.”

When he heard the minimal amount of explanation, Dean Pan immediately understood. “It’s too late to make a change now; that won’t be possible. You need to do it. Teacher Little Zhang, this is a crucial moment. Why don’t we do it this way instead? I will get someone to write on your behalf if you don’t wish to write it yourself. We’ll get them to add in what the heads of the school have requested and you will only need to read from the script.” Dean Pan personally did not like doing this as well, because to him, all he was interested about was the subject itself, not the politically motivated messages that either gave praise to you, him, them, or anyone. It took away from the sincerity of the speech when that happened. But being involved in education, as a member of Peking University, he could not help but give in. Working in this corrupt world, he could only try his best to find a balance and move along.

After ten minutes of persuasion, Zhang Ye still refused to commit. As Dean Pan had made an exception in promoting him to the position of associate professor, Zhang Ye felt that he should be giving him face by do something in return for the dean. But in his heart, Zhang Ye really did not have a good impression of these Japanese people. If he wasn’t convinced to do something, then it would be very difficult for others to force him to do it.

Dean Pan said, “That’s it then. Don’t argue anymore. It’s about to begin.”

Zhang Ye helplessly said, “Dean Pan.”

Dean Pan pointed at the foreigners and laughed. “Those foreign mathematicians are all looking forward to your report and speech. They’re really looking forward to it.”

On stage, the host was about ready. In the hall, 80% of the seats were already filled. Those who needed to be here were all here, except for the Japanese university delegation.

“Where are they?”

“Why aren’t they here yet?”

“It’s already afternoon now. Isn’t it time to start?”

“Didn’t the delegation team already arrive an hour ago? They should have already got here, but why are we still not seeing them? Where did they go off to?”

“I don’t know.”

“I’m so hungry right now. I can’t wait for this ceremony to be over so that I can get some food.”

“Yeah, I’ve already been here an hour now. I didn’t even eat breakfast.”

The students were all looking quite listless, like they were lacking energy. When they saw the host coming onto the stage, they even stayed quiet for a long time. However, when the main guests had still not arrived after a long time, the large hall began filling with noise from the talking and conversations. Even the teachers from Peking University could no longer sit still, constantly looking up at the empty seats upstairs, some wondering, some frowning, with none knowing better than others as to what was going on.

Ten minutes…

Half an hour…

The host, possibly having received some updates, spoke to everyone through the microphone, “Everyone, please calm down and be quiet. The delegation will be here very soon.”

The media staff, who had arrived earlier and set up all all their equipment, were even yawning by now.

The group of foreign mathematicians did not look too happy.

The French mathematician looked down at his watch.

The English mathematician lightly shook his head.

While the Japanese mathematician was not present. Probably because he had gone to join up with the delegation.

Dean Pan and several of the teachers from the Math Department apologized the the foreign mathematicians, asking them to wait a little longer. There was no need to explain too much to the Peking University students and teachers, as this was an event hosted by Peking University themselves. However, these foreign mathematicians were guests, honored guests. Making their honored guests wait for over two hours was really inexcusable, so they offered their apologies.

Su Na was very frustrated. “How could those Japanese be so tardy? They’re not only making us wait, they’re even letting all the overseas guests wait for them as well?”

Another young teacher from the Chinese Department said, “How arrogant!”

Chang Kaige looked at them and said, “Alright now, talk a little less.”

Professor Yan also frowned. “There’re quite a lot of media personnel present. Watch your attitudes, Little Su, Little Wang. Don’t speak nonsense. The delegation must be getting ready.”

Su Na and a few other younger teachers did not seem to think the same. Getting ready? What were they getting ready for? It has already been two hours since they entered the campus grounds! Even if they took a nap and woke up to put on makeup, wash their faces, or take a bath and blow dry their hair, there was more than enough time. Were they intending to just let over a thousand people sit here and wait around for them? They did not even offer an explanation or give a reason? Su Na and the others felt that the Japanese delegation were doing this on purpose due to the incident earlier when their buses had been blocked by the students of Peking University. They were looking down on them on purpose!

Suddenly, a German mathematician said something in German with an unpleasant tone before standing up and leaving the hall.

The translator explained, “Professor Werner says that he still has something urgent to attend to in the afternoon and has to leave first.”

Meanwhile, Xin Ya was already embarrassed by all that was happening. Although she wasn’t part of Peking University, as a member of the Chinese mathematics world and also the host, making her guests wait for so long did not make her look good at all. Together with Dean Pan, they stood up to escort the guest out of the hall, apologizing on the way to the exit.

After the German left.

Xin Ya complained, “Dean Pan, what’s going on? Peking University said that they were holding this exchange session and needed some heavyweight guests, so I brokered a deal and invited some guests to join this event. Professor Chen also helped to invite some of them, but now we’ve been waiting for so long. How do you expect me to explain things to this group of foreign mathematicians?”

Dean Pan immediately said, “I don’t know what’s going on here either. I’ll ask.” He suppressed his anger and made a call, “Hello, where are they?…Who? The Japanese delegation of course!…What do you mean you don’t know, aren’t you the one in charge of receiving them?…You better go and find out immediately!”

He hung up.

A few minutes later, he got a call back from the person.

The reply he got was still the same, saying that the delegation would be entering the hall soon and they were held back earlier because of an interview. In between the interview and now, as some of the delegation team members complained that they were hungry, having eaten nothing since they departed from the airport, lunch was prepared for the entire delegation by Canteen 1 of Peking University. 50 to 60 servings of food were sent to the reserved waiting lounge and there were even fruits and coffee served.

However, when Xin Ya and Dean Pan returned to the hall, there was still no sight of anyone from the Japanese delegation, nor of Bai Yi and some of the heads of the school who were with them!

The hall was getting increasingly noisy.

All kinds of updates and information were being spread.

“Are they coming or not?”

“I just heard they had been doing an interview just now.”

“What? Interview at a time like this? We have so many students and teachers waiting for them here. Why couldn’t they wait till after the ceremony to accept the interview? Why did they have to do it at this critical juncture?”

“Not only that, they even spared time to have lunch.”

“Surely not?”

“Why not? I heard it myself from the people at the canteen.”

“I heard so too. Canteen 1 was still open this morning, but after receiving news of the delegation wanting to eat, they immediately shuttered the doors. Some of our teachers who wanted to go in for lunch could not even get any food. I think they were specially preparing a meal for the delegation and even sent it to them. Even a head of the school does not receive such treatment. How haughty of them! They’re really acting too condescending!”

“And we were all here stupidly hungry while they ate?”

“F**k, what kind of people did those Japanese send over this time!”

“Aren’t Teacher Bai Yi and the others with them? How could they agree to let them behave that way? Why didn’t they arrange for the delegation to come over to the hall first! Can’t they just eat after that? They think they’re the only ones who are hungry? We’re hungry too!”

“Bai Yi? Hur hur, haven’t you already seen through Teacher Bai from his attitude towards the incident just now? He has spent time in Japan, has a Japanese wife who works at Tokyo University, is always an advocate of promoting goodwill towards Japan, and you want to depend on him?”

“That’s too unfair. The guests are people, but are we students not people too? Besides, there are even so many other guests here. Look at those foreign mathematicians. Didn’t they make them wait like idiots too?”

“Look, another one is leaving!”

At the front row.

A Korean mathematician could not wait any longer and said goodbye to the others before leaving to have lunch. Dean Pan and a few teachers once again personally escorted him out and even called a taxi for him, and got a Korean-speaking teacher to follow along to appease him.

The English mathematician looked at Zhang Ye. “Zhang.”

Zhang Ye looked over to him.

The English mathematician said in a serious tone, “If I weren’t looking forward to your speech, I would have left too.”

When Zhang Ye heard this, he quickly apologized in English, “I’m sorry, they should be here soon. Just a while more.”

Even Zhang Ye was feeling embarrassed at the situation now. Naturally, this fanned his hatred for that Japanese delegation even further. If the incident from two hours ago had caused Zhang Ye to dislike them, then right now, they had angered Zhang Ye! On this current matter, the delegation was treating Peking University and China with no respect at all. It was written in their heart of hearts. They had made them wait for so long on this important occasion, just because they wanted to have their meals leisurely? Professor Yan, the heads of the school, and the others kept mentioning how important this exchange was, but it seemed like that was only the opinion of those from Peking University. The Japanese delegation did not seem to think the same way. They were totally taking this too lightly!

Another ten minutes passed!

When they checked their watches, it was already 1:40 PM!

The welcome ceremony which had been scheduled for earlier was delayed by two hours and thirty minutes! Even if someone spent two hours and thirty minutes watching a good movie, when the movie ended, everyone would still get up from their seats and get a good stretch after sitting down for so long. Not to mention if you had to endure sitting for that long with nothing to do, you would surely be able to imagine the state and mood of everyone in the hall!

“Eh!”

“They’re here!”

“What the heck!”

“They’re finally here!”

From upstairs, the shadow of figures could be seen gradually entering the hall.

A few of the Japanese delegation’s -persons-in-charge disdainfully went to the front to sit, while Bai Yi and a few staff members from Peking University, who were with them all this time, also sat down after them, laughing and smiling. Only Bai Yi, who probably had a speech to give later, turned around and made his way down to the stage. Then he gave a signal to the host.

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34 thoughts on “IRAS: Chapter 558 – Public outcry!” - NO SPOILERS

    1. Thanks for the chapterrr wow ! I don’t really understand how the reputation points counted ? Its like 1person = 1 points? It cant be right? In the last last last chapter he get 7million click right? But he only got 2.1 million points, so I don’t know how it works?

      This commented originally post on chapter 284 but please help me to understand how points works?

      1. I was thinking he’d insult their declining birth rate but I realised that’s a little to much and I’m pretty sure the author wouldn’t put anything too racist in his novel

  1. Honestly I really don’t like this arc whatsoever with the racism and shit like honestly, you solve a massive groundbreaking never seen before male conjecture and you wonder why mathematicians around the world wanna consult you? Bruh where is your flawless logic now you plagiarising retard. People doubt you just let them be Jesus , you being in a position with power and respect, there is a responsibility along with it. Serve that damn responsibility of not just quit. You being so irresponsible might spark future conflicts between the Japanese and the chinese and we really don’t want another world war now do we. It’s already over let bygones be bygones.

    1. So stupid. Where did you find racism here? Are koreans and japanese negroes or caucasians? They belong to the same race. What the spark are you talking about? Is it about how japanese don’t admit their crimes? Or how did they compensate it? You don’t know anything about this relations and are pretending to be righteous. Bleh

      1. What do you expect from someone with an Anime profile pic? Probably laughed his head off at the other face slappings but when it comes to his own bias it’s suddenly racism… some kids just need to grow up.

    2. You do know that China and Japan hate each other right now and not just a little bit. Although the novel is stating that both nation are trying to amend relationships, realistically that’s almost impossible. Their hate for each other is too deep and if you’re using our modern politics, than even if they start now, it would take a very long time with both side making huge compromises. But those compromises happening is close to none, so even if a political problem happen which most likely will, It most likely won’t start a war but it will simply address the fact that it’s quite literally impossible for them to agreed with each other. Seriously, China mostly sided with Russia while Japan sided with the America during the cold war. And this still pretty much persist, so it’s not that wrong to say that for a good while, both side will hate each other. Also please note, Some countries in Asia that hate each other, Korea and Japan, Korea and North Korea obviously, Korea and China, China and Vietnam, Taiwan and China cause their both technically China but their can only be One-China Policy, China and the Philippines and etc.

  2. Too much racism. Classical chinese mentality. Dominate the koreans, harass the japanese, jealous of india and claim taiwan and veitnam as chinese territory.

    If there is ever a third world war, it’ll be because of Chinese greed or russian agression or maybe Trump’s stupidity.

  3. as I see it, there are too many reader here need to learn the different between racism and chauvinism.
    racism:you look down on other race, ex: call someone nigger
    chauvinism:look down on other country or over nasionalism.

    1. I think most of this readers are from USA, the country with the most ignorant and narrow-minded people. Even 12 years old european or asian pupil knows more about world and foreign cultures than common middle aged yankee. I always laugh out loud when tourists from US with rolling eyes are asking us: “Why do you use the N-word for black people?”
      F*ck, in my native language it just sounds a LITTLE like “nigger”, but the meaning is still from the biology. And african people who came and lives here find that “black person” term is somewhat offensive and “negr” is very correct.

      1. Haha! “…the country with the most ignorant and narrow-minded people.” But, you do not sound ignorant and narrow minded, at all. I hope you are not basing your views on the United States based on some tourists. I take it you have traveled to the United States?

        “Humans are regionally focused. Today, for the average human, that radius of interest and knowledge might be 500 km. For someone in Nebraska, that means being able to name 10 states around him. For someone in Belgium, that means 10 countries. The level of geographic knowledge is effectively the same. Europe and the United States are roughly the same size. Although it’s true that a Nebraskan won’t find Belgium on a map, it’s also true that a Belgian won’t find Kansas on a map. And neither will find Togo or Cambodia. People are generally ignorant of anything that is beyond their geographic radius of knowledge.”
        “The same goes for being aware of what’s going on. The Nebraskan will know what’s going on in Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, and maybe California. Meanwhile, the Belgian will have an idea of the general affairs in Luxembourg, Denmark, Germany, and maybe Greece. They’re all about the same distance from each other, the only difference is one crosses country lines while the other crosses state lines. And, of course, the American won’t know what’s going on in those European countries, just like the European won’t know what’s going on in those particular American states. Americans won’t know about the floods in Romania any more than a Romanian will know about the tornadoes in Oklahoma.”

        1. No, my views are definitely not based on tourists at all, because US tourists visiting different countries are usually more broad minded and knowledgeable than common US citizen 🙂
          “Humans are regionally focused. Today, for the average human, that radius of interest and knowledge might be 500 km” – you are not right, because (for example) my country is more than 4000 km from north to south and nearly 10000 km from west to east. And many people not only knows about history and culture of our own country, but also knows a bit about most of European countries, and a thing or two about North America and Asia. While traveling I met with many people (Belgian too) with wide knowledge about the world. Any common European student can easily find most of the countries on the map, and many are like me, who can find Kansas (Hi, Dorothy!) in 2 minutes.
          On the contrary, common Nebraskan really doesn’t know a sh#t about the world outside of his hometown. I really don’t know why, maybe this is because of US educational system, but I feel pity for it. People must have as broad knowledge as they can, because ignorant people are extremely vulnerable for manipulating and brainwashing. And here common Nebraskan will say: “Who cares? Oprah told us it doesn’t matter” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

          1. Now, you have not confirmed or denied visiting the U.S., but since you mentioned the common U.S. citizen I will assume you have visited the U.S. Otherwise, labeling the common U.S. citizen without vising the country is a narrow-minded view. I could label the people of North Korea narrow-minded because their own government restricts the information they are able to receive. However, since I have not visited North Korea and interacting with the populace, I am unable to come with any type of label.

            The only country that I am able to think that fits the criteria you mentioned is Russia, I may be wrong, though. If it is Russia, coincidentally I will visit Russia or Sweden this summer.

            https://techcrunch.com/2012/09/16/why-its-never-mattered-that-americas-schools-lag-behind-other-countries/.

            Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, are a few examples of innovators that dropped-out of college. I know they are exceptions to the overall rule, but while the U.S. lags behind in education, somehow Americas are able to become innovators that make advancements in technology.

            See, if you knew more about the United States, you would know that a lot of Nebraskans are racist and may not watch a black person on television. I mean, knowing about foreign countries is not going to fed them or cure cancer.

            “Ignorant people are extremely vulnerable for manipulating and brainwashing,” I 100% agree with you on this.

          2. 1. I didn’t confirm because I thought the answer is easy to deduct. Yes, I was in US, but my conclusions are based on complex foundation, including not only personal experience, but US books, tv shows, articles, etc.

            2. Yes, your guess is correct, because there aren’t any other country with such a big territory 🙂 And your are welcome!

            3. I never told that US people are not innovative. I belive that US educational system makes narrow specialists, contrary to the european and asian all-rounded ones 😉

            4. Regarding Nebraska – usually I don’t believe to such stereotypes. Actually, I listened much of such stereotypes, but it was about southern states like Alabama, Texas. Same was about incestual relations there. So I still think that many people watch Oprah there 😉 And when I wrote about broad knowledge it was about history of country, culture, etc.

            I’m happy that we share a same opinion about something 🙂

            Sorry for my poor english skills, and again – you are welcome to Russia. I don’t know your time and financial ability, but please think about riding a train through the country and visitit different places, especially lake Baikal 😉

  4. If this was Rising Sun Sect not giving face to Red Dragon Sect, no one would cry racism (should be chauvinism tho), but because this work debase the land of your body pillows and plastic surgeries then suddenly it’s unacceptable even as fiction anymore. Zzz

    1. It would be bad writing if this event was two sects in a xianxia novel, and it is bad writing here.
      The problem with this situation is that it is completely unrealistic.

      1. What is unrealistic about people being purposely late as a show of power? It happens in everyday situation. I had several occurences of clients delaying their meeting time on purpose, leaving you waiting awkwardly like a dumbass.

        And yes, even Japanese clients do this. Not even being xenophobic, it’s just how the world is.

        1. No self-respecting academic professor/lecturer would purposefully turn up late for an academic presentation to students as a “show of power”. I can understand it more in the business world but you’d have to be unbelievably petty to do it in academia.

  5. I’m impress, too much auto-control for once Zhang Ye, seems like he really cares abouth the school plus i liked the english Math teacher. Still, making all those people wait, those japanese will be smacked to death.

  6. Alright, specially logged in to leave a comment. First of all, thanks to the translation team. Great Job. You really tricked me with those k-pop videos.
    Now to the main topic, first of all i like this work. It has lot of potential, and it is going in a good direction. But sometimes the plot is kinda plain, not most of the times. The topic name can give you better spoilers about the next chapter than the comment sections without restriction. I dont know if its the Inner sherlock in me, or there’s too much foreshadowing but you kinda realize every major detail before it happens, for e.g. old wu being the girl over chat app, hacker girl being big saber boobs, or even that president wu being the next censor board deputy. But none of those reasons, are why i posted too. I think the current plot is kinda forced. Well dont blame it, since its a chineese novel and shows their perspective. I dont expect complete unbias for MC, but it kinda gets annoying when the author leads you on to believe that there is no bias at all, everything is deserved, specially when specific characters dont meet the stereotypes and the whole freaking stereotype has a different global image. Game ring sure didnt change that.
    But then, just waiting for next development, after all the university related chapters didnt really pique my interest except the interation with lovely president wu.

  7. i love that everytime i see someone with an anime profile pic in the comments, he’s crying “RACISM”, hhh. i don’t think you know what racism means

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