The story of hope, of how a woman turned her sorrows and her loss of her own son, into strengths, and now, she’s helping other children out, from the Front Page Sections, translated…
The main purpose of Shan Liu’s trip to Taiwan this time, was to “Make sure that what happened to Teng-Teng NEVER happen to someone else again”, she’d gone, like clockwork, to the cemeteries, to visit her son, and she’d taken care of other Chinese students’ mom too.
After her son was gone, she’d hoped, each and every night, to about him. Six months ago, she’d collected herself, finally sorted through her son’s remains, she’d seen a note, written by her son’s roommate.
“That, was from my son’s roommate who’d dreamed about him, he’d relayed the message of ‘My death has nothing to do with anybody else, let go of ALL your doubts.’”, Shan Liu told, that it is because of this note, that she had finally let go, and stopped blaming anybody else for the tragedy of her own son’s death.
“Students who came from China to study needed our care and concerns the most”, Shan said, that those students flew solo to Taiwan, without the emotional support from their friends and families, they may get too troubled by their emotions, that her son had lived a simple life in China, causing him to NOT have a worldly vision, that when he was faced with troubles, he couldn’t reach out to anybody to ask for help.
Almost every afternoon now, Shan Liu would find students from China and eat lunches with them, “All the money I’d brought with me here had been spent, treating students from China to meals”, when the kids opened up to her, and start to smile once more, “Turns out, that I have a purpose”.
“Flying solo to Taiwan, the students from China are especially lonely”, an exchange student, Lin, who sat next to Liu’s son told, Taiwan is a self-proclaimed “free country”, but, whether it be the system, or the people, they’re NOT yet ready, to accept us.
“There is a minority population who are unkind to the students from China”, Lin, the student from China told, that the students from Taiwan are less accepting of the students from China, and it makes it harder, for the students from China to get in the Taiwanese students’ social circles, and so, the students from China formed their own “cliques”; Chang, a student from China said, every time the instructor would introduce the group to the class as, “They’re from China”, and, there was a teacher who’d openly made fun of students from China, “Aren’t you kids from China all eating BAD foods?”, he was so angered, he’d rebutted, “As an instructor, how can you use stereotypes to classify the students like that!”
Liu planned to stay in Taiwan for six months, and, if it’s not class time, she’d stayed by the sides of Chinese foreign exchange students, or she’d spent her time in church. She’d finally made it, got over the loss of her own son, and faith, was credited, as her primary source of support.
And so, this mother from China had turned the loss of her own child into care and concerns for other kids like him, in hopes that she will be able to prevent the future suicide attempts, as it is hard, to adapt, to a brand new environment, even IF China and Taiwan are basically speaking the same languages, there are still cultural differences.