Nov Issue Cultural IQ NewsletterDocument Transcript
Cultural IQ Stories of ordinary
Wuhan Mother 武汉妈妈陈玉蓉
Fostering Connections, Illuminating Insights
Investor Qiu Ke 邱柯
Issue # 7, Nov.8 , 2009
Message from Christine Gao
I have received lot of emails with feedback to the first issue of Stories. Thank you for sharing your thoughts
and suggestions, I will take into consideration of what you suggested to include stories of people whom I
personally know of.
Before getting into this issue, I have a story to tell:
In one of the ancient works of Buddhism “Advised Shi-Wen”, it said that YanWang, the God, asked two
people, who were going to be reborn and become human beings to make a choice: whether you want a
life of Request or a life of Giving.
The first person chose a life of request. The second person said, “well, then I have no other choice but a
life of giving.”
Since the choices have been made, the God – YanWang, went on to make arrangements according to
their choices: The first person was going to be a beggar, asking and receiving people’s grants every day.
The second person, who wanted to lead a life of giving, was going to be a rich man, because with his
financial capacity, he was able to give and do good things for the needed.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always, please email or call me to share any thoughts you have.
Christine Gao, M.Ed, PCC
Cultural IQ, Fostering Connections, Embracing Diversity
Wuhan mother donates
half of her liver to her
Last week, story of an ordinary mother from
Wuhan, Hubei province moved China and gave
a deeper interpretation of the word “mother.”
Chen Yurong, as shown in this picture, is 55 and
she has a 31-year-old son who is dying from
congenital liver degeneration. Seven months ago, she made a
decision to donate part of her liver to save her son, but the doctor
denied her request because they believed her fatty liver was not
going to make this possible.
Since then, the mother started a diet program by walking 10
kilometers everyday and aggressively controled her diet with no fat
and only vegetable with rice. After seven months and four paris of
worn shoes, her health check result shows that her liver is perfectly
healthy. The best hospital in Wuhan did a successful Liver
Transplantation operation on Nov.5th and the hospital also decided
to waive the whole medical costs which amounts to around 1 million
RMB (roughtly $155,000)
This story reminds me of another one between a son and her dying
mother in Shandong province in 2006. A successful lawyer in his
late 40s made a decision to donate one of his kidneys to his dying
mother without telling her the truth. His mother was only told that the
hospital had successfully found a kidney donor.
Although the roles have been switched, but the common theme from these two stories is the blood
and flesh bonding between parents and their children which is universal across any culture. For those
of us who are children and having our children as well, it’s not difficult to relate to the emotional
connection from these two stories.
May all mothers, fathers on this planet lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
May all children love their parents and spend as much time as possible with them when time is still
Investor Qiu Ke
Qiu Ke got his Masters in Physics from Qing Hua University
when he was 23. Like most of the people born in the 60s, he
went through different career transitions over the last 20 years:
employee, self-employed, entrepreneur.
Now at age 46, he has his own investment consulting and
training company and is a seasoned investor. His thoughts
represent those typical of a growing middle class.
Q: What were your childhood dreams?
A: To become a great scientist.
Q: Are you satisfied with the overall life right now?
A: Yes, very much. I am a typical middle class. I don’t have
great contributions, but I have my own values and
Q: What is your ideal life?
A: Ancient Chinese pursued a joyable and peaceful life, which
valued a fulfilling spiritual life with modest materials. I have no
concerns about material life right now. I hope to have more time to enjoy life, to travel China and the
Q: What motivates you, what are you living for right now?
A: A sense of responsibility and achievement from my work, happiness from my family and watching
kids growing up. I enjoy supporting growth of my employees, and the knowledge I teach my clients.
Q: What is the most important thing for you?
A: My family and my health, family time, connections and the ability to think and enjoy life.
Q: What are your dreams now?
A: To develop my series of investment programs to a wider audience and to cover whole China.
Q: What are your expectations of the future of China?
A: There is no doubt the future of China will be better. I hope to see a better-controlled inflation, a
stable political environment, peace and prosperity. I also hope China will lead the world. I wish capital
market will continue to grow and will allow opportunities for everybody to accumulate wealth.
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