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Here’s a piece of news about my hometown, not a pleasant one, however.   A young man surnamed Teng from a poor peasant’s family was rejected by the famous local university (Lanzhou University) although he ranked the top in both written exam and comprehensive marks in the university’s entrance exams.  The reason given by the university is that the young man is mentally and morally unqualified though he scored highest in the exams.

The only son of the  family in the suburbs of Lanzhou,the 29-year-old Teng is the youngest of the five children. The family is poverty-stricken and earns very meagre income every year, and his road of seeking education is not at all a smooth one.  While studying hard, he tried every means to support himself so that his family would not be burdened too much with his study.

However, the poor family and the young man was facing more challenges in early 2008 when Teng’s third sister with cerebral Palsy as a young girl, was in a quite critical situation. In urgent need of money to cure his sister’s disease, the young man finally accepted RMB15,000 from a girl and agreed to take an important exam for her after hard inner struggles.  The wrongdoing was later exposed without his notice and he didn’t know until the teachers of Lanzhou University inquired him about this incident.

Never did he expect that what he had done two years ago would cause so great trouble for him now. Despite countless explanations, begging and pleadings, he made efforts in vain in convincing the leaders and teachers of the university. In despair, the young man filed a lawsuit against his would-be university. 

The news reminds me of a famous old Indian movie about a thief. I’ve almost forgotten the plots of the movie except a famous line to the effect that you will be a thief for good once you were a thief.  And in Teng’s case, he has to pay a price for what he did two years ago. My  question is, will Teng be a cheater forever? Should they give him a chance to correct his mistake? We all see the absurdity in this matter, but in practice, we can hardly take proper reactions.  I do hope the university will give Teng a chance. Never will once-a-cheater-forever-a-cheater story happen again.

Wish you good luck,Teng!

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Related post:   England vs. Germany:A Karma?

Today I received a reply from the anonymous blog friend who wrote to me several days ago. It’s a pity it has been spammed by the Sina system and I had to approve it manually. The following is the buddy’s comments:

“Hi buddy, glad to see yourreply.  No matter whether you agree with what Sharon said or not, it’s another topic. Here the point isthat her message was quoted out of context to suit some purposes, and mostChinese were misled and began to hate Sharon.
By the way, honest speaking, how much doour Chinese outside of Tibetknow about the life of common Tibetan folks?Do we really see the whole picture there? The knowledge we have learnt justfrom the same media, which is notorious for lying and misleading. “

 Thanks for coming here, and making some comments here.  And I do agree to some of your points . Here’s my reply:

 “Hi, so pleased to have some feedback from you. As I mentioned in my previous reply, I do think her remarks have been partially understood by most of the media here, and I’m fully for her idea of being nice to other people, because someday I will also be a man who needs others’ help. I give my seat to the elderly or someone with a kid on a bus, just because I hope someone will do the same when I am old, and many people gave their seat to me several years ago when I went out with my little son on a bus. Kindness needs to be returned.   You never expect others treat you fairly and kindly if you don’t treat them the same way.  In a sense, it is “karma”.

And, I also agree to your idea about our notorious media, who have almost the same tone. However, I also think it is almost the same everywhere, even if it is the USA that advocates born freedom.  Many westerners hold partial views about China, partly thanks to their biased coverage of China and Chinese people. I say so not hoping to beautify our media, or our government.  I’m bored of our media’s craze for covering that so-called magic doctor “Zhang Wuben”, and that notorious Taoist ” Ding Yi”. Our media should be blamed.  But, we should also note what they are improving: their comprehensive coverage of the Wenchuan earthquake, Yushu, and the latest Zhouqu mudslides in Gansu.

Rome was not built in one day.  It takes time to make progress,and it particularly is in this country with a long history and ingrained traditional values and concepts.

 In terms of Tibet and Tibetans, maybe both of us , including those Sharon Sones, have seen only a fraction part of the whole picture, so just let it be. There is only one truth, which is beyond our reach. ” It’s way too sensative talking about it here. And, I’m not interested in it, either. 

Frankly speaking, I’m not used to speaking to a buddy hiding somewhere, and I do hope you will show up sometime in the future. It will be a pleasant surprise for me. 

Thanks for your attention, buddy.

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The other day, an unknown blogger visited my blog and left some comments on my post:” England vs. Germany: A Karma?” .
The following is his comments:

You’d better read Sharon Stone’s whole message first:
“Well you know it was very interesting because at first, you know, I amnot happy about the ways the Chinese were treating the Tibetans becauseI don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And so I havebeen very concerned about how to think and what to do about thatbecause I don’t like that. And I had been this, you know, concernedabout, oh how should we deal with the O_lympics because they are notbeing nice to the D a l a i L a m a, who is a good friend of mine.

And all these earthquake and stuff happened and I thought: Is thatkarma, when you are not nice that bad things happen to you? And then Igot a letter, from the Tibetan Foundation that they want to go and behelpful. And that made me cry. And they ask me if I would write a quoteabout that and I said,“I would.”And it was a big lesson to me, thatsome times you have to learn to put your head down and be of serviceeven to people who are not nice to you. And that’s a big lesson forme…”

The buddy encountered some difficulties putting his/her comments in my blog. So did I when trying to post my reply to her/him.

First, I really appreciate the buddy’s comments and his/her idea,to which I both agree and disagree. The following is my reply:

“Hi, the unknown buddy, thanks for your comments here. Thanks for sharing some backgrounds about it. Basically I agree to her idea that we should be nice to others. However, I do not agree to

her farfetched assumptions about Tibet and Tibetans.  How much does she know about Tibet and Tibetans? Maybe those who Sharon Stone knows are socalled”elites”or “Nobles” among Tibetans, but how much does she know about the life of common Tibetan folks? What I’ve learned is poor and miserable slaves, and human-skin drums…It seems to have become a fad among those western celebrities to vilifying China or Chinese, however limited they know about China and Chinese people, otherwise they would be deemed innocent by their western peers. I do hope they make their comments after seeing the whole picture.

Thanks for your attention.”

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Jiayou, Zhouqu!

As of 16:00, August 15th:

                1,248   Deaths

                1,243   Rescued

                     66   Hospitalized

                  496   Still missing!

No more disasters,

No more misery!

Cheer up, Zhouqu!

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As of August 13th:

 

                                1156    Deaths

                                 588    Stil missing!

Tomorrow,

the whole nation will hold a

mourning ceremony,

remembering those who died

or are still missing

during the disaster.

God bless them!

 

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As of 17:20 August 11th:

 

                              1,117     Deaths

                                   64     Seriously injured and hospitalized

                             1,243     Resued

                                          627      Still missing!                   

                                           

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I found these pictures from a friend’s blog and was shocked though I’d got prepared for them. Alas! When our children in big cities are of two minds about whether they go to McDonalds or PizzaHut, to the amusement parks or to the museums, please do keep in mind that there are still some children, somewhere in poor and faraway villages, who have barely enough to eat, and have scarcely enough to wear. Their yearning for knowledge is the same as those in the cities, though they have been isolated by the steep mountains or barren lands.
Some of the pictures anguish me more because they are from my own hometown.  I was born in Gansu, a province most part of which are still underdeveloped and many of its people still live in poverty.   They don’t have enough water to drink, they don’t have enough food to eat, but they are still facing the tough life bravely.
 

Look at these pictures, and look at these children! We all say children are our future, but how we feel about the living conditions they are now facing? And, what can we do for them? 

While I am writing this blog, my hometown is suffering from a serious mudslide disaster triggered by continually heavy rain, and up to today, 337 people died and still over one thousand missing.  The whole nation is concerned about the disaster relief there. Though we can’t be there in person, we can do something about it. We can make donations to help the people suffering from the disaster, and I do believe my town fellows will finally wade through all these difficulties. 

God bless them!

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