A celebration of Harrison Chen’s life Harrison Chen

A celebration of Harrison’s life will be held this Saturday December 12th, 2015 at The Lord’s Grace Christian Church from 10am-12pm. The address is 1101 San Antonio Road, Mountain View.
Anyone who wishes to say final good-bye to Harrison, there will be viewing afterwards to be held at Cusimano Family Colonial Mortuary from 12pm-4pm. The address is 96 W El Camino Real, Mountain View.

感恩节那天,Harrison Chen突发脑溢血。一个14岁的生命,突然间,他走了。

十几年前Harrison 的父母洁云一家和我们一个团契慕道。我们看着Harrison和他弟弟长大。他总是那么可爱,那么聪颖。依然记得他读书,做功课,编程的样子。上周五我还在看到他均匀的呼吸安然睡着的样子,还抚摸着他热乎乎的手,一直期待奇迹的出现。从此,再也听不到他说再见的声音,看不到他的身影。只有等待天家我们再见。

他们全家需要我们继续用祷告支持。

下面是Harrison当助教的数学老师Mr. G 写给学生的信。

Dear TA’s,

I write this email with a heavy heart.

While vacationing with his family in Monterey during Thanksgiving, Harrison felt a sudden pressure behind his eyes.

One of the blood vessels in his brain had ruptured.  He died the next day.

His mom emailed on Sunday while she and Harrison’s dad were keeping vigil at the hospital.  I met up with them at 1:00 Monday morning, then again at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon and once more at 10:30Wednesday night, doing what I could to console them in their time of grief.

I cannot imagine the anguish a parent goes through losing a child, particularly a 14-year-old in excellent health.

Harrison’s parents asked me to write something about their son which would be given to the families that would be receiving his donated organs.  I have included that note below.

I would also like to share with you what I said to Harrison’s class last night, as that message applies to all of you as well:

Parents: do not take your children for granted.  Tell them that you love them and are proud of them, not because of their grades, or their success at sports, or their abilities in music, but simply because they are your kids.

Students: do not take your parents for granted.  Tell them that you love them and are thankful for them.  Tell them that you appreciate them for providing a place for you to live, a safe environment for you to learn, and a loving home for you to thrive.  Remember that many kids do not enjoy these same advantages.  Indeed, many kids do not even have parents.

Parents and Students: remember that tomorrow is not guaranteed.  If you have something good to say to someone, don’t wait until the next day: you may not get another chance.

I will be working with Harrison’s family in the coming weeks to help with whatever they need.  If there is to be a public memorial service, I will definitely let you know, and I hope you will be able to attend and stand in solidarity with his family.  I am devastated — physically and emotionally spent — but my suffering is inconsequential compared to Harrison’s family.

Please share this message with your parents.  They need to know too.  Thank you for doing so.

Respectfully,

Mr. G.

Remembrances of Harrison

Quiet leadership.

If I were to summarize the life of Harrison Chen in two words, it would be just that: quiet leadership.

It didn’t matter what he was doing.  Harrison’s gentle, caring, and observant spirit was prevalent in his interactions with all people: adults and children, classmates and family members, long time friends and people he had just met.

Harrison loved math.  He devoured math contests as if they were an extra meal, scoring so consistently high that he earned a Teaching Assistant position in Math Olympiads class.  As a TA he positively impacted the learning process of the students whose papers he dutifully corrected.

Harrison led by example.  When the Students trailed the Parents in the final round of Games Day II, Harrison calmly walked up to take his shot with the ping pong ball, and deftly bounced it into the Instant Winner box, sending the Students team into wild celebration.  He remains the only student to have accomplished this feat in the history of the event.  You wouldn’t know by talking to him, though: when asked about the experience, he would simply shrug his shoulders and explain that it wasn’t that hard of a shot.

He probably felt the same way after the 2014 Simultaneous Chess Exhibition, when he was the only student out of 25 participants to defeat Mr. G.

Now, as Harrison enters the next phase of his life journey, his influence will continue to be felt.  You won’t hear him talking loudly.  You won’t see him raising his arms in the air shouting at other people.  You won’t see him in person.  But make no mistake: Harrison Chen will be as alive in the hearts of his students, family, and friends — as well as physically alive in the bodies of fellow men and women who will owe their lives to his generosity — as if he were in the classroom himself.

Quiet leadership.  Harrison wouldn’t have it any other way.


一个白血病患者的癌症随想

您好,请容许我冒昧的给您汇报我闲来无事的一些感想。有些报道不见得一定准确,但是却为我的思考提供了一些素材。最近拜读了敖平老师的大作《Cancer as robust intrinsic state of endogenous molecular-cellular network shaped by evolution》,限于专业知识匮乏所以有很多看不大懂,但是不禁让我思绪飘逸,想起了前段时间的二则报道。一是中国大闸蟹德国泛滥成灾,世界自然基金会的报告称,仅在德国大闸蟹造成的损失已达8000欧元;二是中国鲤鱼百毒不侵称霸美国惊动白宫歼灭。 Continue reading


圣荷西警官上门教人预防盗窃

圣荷西警官上门教人预防盗窃

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《星岛日报》报道:圣荷西市西区及古柏蒂奴地区,近数星期发生多起入屋盗窃案。居民16日晚间组织了30个家庭,在南湾春晖教育中心,邀请圣荷西犯罪预防专家(Crime Prevention Specialist)警官李米尼(译音:Mini Le)教导如何预防宵小入屋行窃。 Continue reading


[文学城]当妈的反思

 当妈的反思 (南山碧竹)

想写一篇反思,对孩子教育的反思。一是自己的一种习惯,二是也许对别人有借鉴之用。

儿子毕业了找了理想的工作了,成熟,沉稳,积极,进取。我和他爸爸说,我怎么觉着儿子所有这些优点,没有一个是咱教育的成果呢?得到的回应是~~赞同。

周末,和儿子聊天,让儿子回忆,什么事让你变成今天的你?什么事是对你影响大的事情?他回忆说,高中时,自己就是个混混。不知努力,也不想努力。大一, 和高中常不多。大二,开始做学生会的头头,又要打工,时间不够,不得不从另一个角度考虑事情,合理的目标,适当的计划,有效率的行动,不得不重新审视自己所做的一切,并随时调整。列出不满意自己的几条,逐一给自己定出改进的方法,随后,又跟进自我检验成果。大三,开始锻炼举重。这时,严格的自律,百分之一百的投入变成为了最重要的东西。半年之后,身体上的强壮,让他意识到,自己其实有比自己能想到的大得多的潜能,只是不够努力,不够刻苦。 从锻炼中,让他养成了百分之百的立刻专著的习惯(不然就受伤),他才发现做任何事情,都需要这份全力以赴的专著和自律。这是他从锻炼里学到的最有用的东西。这个从小挑食,对美食极敏感的孩子,变成了每顿都严格按营养进食的习惯。 严格的锻炼程序,让我都觉得太苦。但那份自律是让自己自愧不如的。我问,现在对待你的工作也是这份态度?他说,当然!

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《親子話題》虎媽可讚羊媽也成功

《親子話題》虎媽可讚羊媽也成功
文、圖/何美惠
January 29, 2012 06:30 AM
作者夫婦和四個孩子的家庭照。

去年在華爾街日報讀到「虎媽的戰歌」一書的節錄時,我的第一個感想是:「哇!這是華人媽媽的教養方法嗎?」果然,這篇文章馬上引起論戰,該書也成了暢銷 書。前陣又讀到「虎媽」為自己嚴厲的教育方法的新辯解,說這種教育方法可以訓練子女獨立,對五到十二歲小孩比較有效。也宣稱這方法不適用於中國的社會,自 己對上大學的「虎女」已完全放手。虎媽似乎已走上「修正主義」之路。

蔡美兒對美國的教育環境和自己的孩子承受風雨的能力沒信心,怕孩子受不良的影 響,所以兩個孩子從小每天的生活細節,都在她的安排和控制之下,虎媽這種巨細靡遺的教養方法,可稱之為「圈養」,最新的企業管理名詞叫微觀管理 (micro-management)。她的成就非凡,兩個孩子都上長春藤盟校,音樂造詣高到可以在國家音樂廳表演。她的這些成就,我只能讚嘆,但絕不鼓 勵人人跟風。

虎媽在文章中還以剛去世不久的蘋果創辦人喬布斯(Steve Jobs)為例,說虎媽的教育就是要訓練像喬布斯那種特別努力、有衝勁、和毅力的人。我很尊敬喬布斯,他的成就無人能比。但虎媽顯然不了解,喬布斯不是虎 媽養出來的。他被親生父母拋棄,由一對沒受過什麼教育的夫婦收養。為此,他一直到死都不原諒、也不認自己的親生父親。他的童年和青少年期是很悲慘的,大學 也因為沒錢而休學,但他還是留在學校旁聽,他沒拿到學位,但他免費學到他想學的知識,例如書法之美,對他注意電腦的文字美感有很大的幫助。他經過很長的心 理掙扎和流浪,最後靠佛教來放空自己,也用迷幻藥來紓解自己,才穩定了人生之路。

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2013年3月13日老中电台-硅谷回音网友分享老中升学迷思

 请大家在下周三3月13日下午4:00 到5:00锁定FM92.3,听硅谷回音网友分享老中升学迷思。

也可以到访老中报的网站 http://newsforchinese.com/。

今天上午硅谷回音三位网友走进老中新闻的总部,接受老中电台的采访。最左边是在读过杜克大学MBA的晓华,左二是老中新闻的何老板,中间是硅谷回音的版主晓瑞。右二是正在De Anza 读书的新移民Tom,右一是节目主持人Jack。

节目分成三段:

1. 老中对升名校的迷思。

2. 老中对小留学生留学的迷思。

3. 硅谷回音网友分享他们对在美国读大学的学生的建议。

 


领导力十要素

 – Have a good work ethic 

– Make a plan

– Look for big things

– Take advice from smart people

– Make your case in 3 minutes or less

– Don’t be afraid to make a decision

– Embrace change

– Don’t cheat

– Have patience

–  Be generous


[转]MIT美女MBA自杀真相:曾经的优秀换不来对未来的希望吗?

>转她之前写给学弟学妹的文章,悼念一下独立思考,规划未来,建立正确求学理念》

>4.jpg高燕定按语:从我的博客上,大家对郭晏均已经有了一定的了解。她毕业的那天,我请她为中国的莘莘学子写篇文章,讲述她在求学道路上的思考和经验,给后来者以借鉴。毕业典礼之后,她与父母一起穿梭于美国各地度假,在繁忙的旅途中写下了这篇长文。我相信,这篇文章不仅对于即将出国留学的学生具有很大的参考价值,对于即将在中国上学的大一新生、在读大学生以及高中生,也都具有一定的指导意义。我很感谢她用这篇文章,帮助我为很多给我来信的家长和学生解答了很多问题。2001年夏天,我从深圳实验中学只身来到美国参加哈佛大学的暑期教程,修大学一年级化学。一晃五年,我站在毕业典礼颁奖台上以电子工程专业,数学和化学两个副专业的“学校荣誉”毕业(University Honors),获工学院学者称号(Engineering Scholars), 并是工学院两名最佳毕业生之一。我即将加入花旗公司投资银行部,开始在曼哈顿做分析师的新生活。在此,回首五年异国他乡作为小留学生的经历和父母教导的一些人生理念,只希望这篇文章可以为后来的学弟妹们在为未来奋斗的征途上激发一些灵感。 Continue reading


转-中国女生SAT考试作弊被抓 数万学生被耽误

前两天,ETS“推迟公布中韩两国学生10月11日考试成绩”的决定在广大中国考生和家长中掀起轩然大波。截止10月28日,统计到的受影响地区已经有14个:澳门、台湾、新加坡、北京(国际学校内考点)、香港(国际学校内考点)、新加坡、泰国、韩国、马来西亚、日本、斯里兰卡、越南、迪拜、悉尼等。

一时间,各种声音都有,有焦虑,有不安,有人大骂ETS对中国学生不公,更有人宣称要组织律师提起诉讼。然真相究竟如何,ETS和College Board这次为何下这么大的决心要给中韩考生一个警示?这封10月30日《华盛顿邮报》刊登的曼谷考官在11号考试结束后发给ETS的邮件,也许能说明部分问题: Continue reading