Friday, September 26, 2008


There is a new colleague at work who came from China. I am very impressed that he was graduated from Tsinghua University, the no. 1 university in China, and a very down-to-earth person.

It reminds me a girl that I worked with more than 10 years ago. She also came from China and a university graduate. She told me that every Chinese carries a booklet in which it records where this individual graduated, where they worked, where they live and so forth. This record is pretty much open to the public and specially important to the educated class. Any bad record in this booklet will affect them in the rest of their lives seriously.

When it came to university graduates in China, they are the best of the best. Unlike any college students or university graduates in other countries, these elites 100% know what they are doing. I personally had this experience.

One of our piano teachers, Mrs Cheng Mei Ling, came from China. She stopped teaching because she had serious back problem. I remembered the time not long before she stopped teaching us that she couldn't sit down even a minute because her back hurt so much. I still love her and miss her after all these years. In those 3 years that she taught us, she memorized every piano piece and played the song in front of us just by closing her eyes. None of our other piano teachers could do this. I don't mean to be disrespectful. But she was exceptional and extraordinary.

Think about this. If every person in any country can take the education as seriously as these people, this world would be a better place to live.

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