對香港‘佔中’行動有感

這次連續十數天的遊行﹐示威﹐每每令我感覺到香港這批大學生的自私和自傲。自以為是天之驕子﹐只要達到自己的目的﹐不管他人的生活。我跟好幾個熱烈支持“佔中”活動的人討論,好幾次問到香港其他社會人士生活受示威影響的時候﹐回答總是﹕“我們一定要達到目的﹐其他市民生活是因為政府不接受普選搞出來的問題.” 這和美國在中東的言行很相像﹐為了推行“民主”﹐幾百萬的伊拉克人民受苦受難受炸死﹐都是“collateral damage.” 示威者還會撒賴﹐說人民生活受影響是香港政府搞出來的問題。更有些會取笑其他反對“佔中”活動的市民為“無知識的阿嬸阿婆﹐對香港前途繁榮無關.”如果這是香港的“知識份子”﹐他們追求的“民主”又是什麼樣﹖這實是令人費解﹐令人痛心疾首。

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附上葛珮帆議員向示威人士的懇求

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感懷

滚滚长江東逝水  浪花淘盡英雄  是非成败轉頭空  青山依舊在  幾度夕陽红。

白髮渔樵江渚上  惯看秋月春風  一壺濁酒喜相逢  古今多少事  都付笑談中。

三國演義開卷引楊慎臨江仙詞﹐ 讀之每引發無限感慨。在此我退休前夕﹐ 再讀到 “是非成败轉頭空” 等詞句時﹐ 感觸尤深。憶孔明六出祁山﹐ 七擒孟獲﹐ 以隻手補天﹐ 倒頭來還不是空劬勞而已。諸葛武侯猶如此﹐ 我輩凡夫何以堪﹖

演義結尾有七言古風一首﹐ 末段有云﹕ “紛紛世事無窮盡﹐天數茫茫不可逃”。此詞此詩﹐ 實把古今天下事﹐ 看得透透徹徹。

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中國人對外對內的不平衡態度

 

以下是从一个台湾朋友寄过来的。读了以后, 我相信很多中国人会有同感。再讀後感 觉到台湾的同胞也跟香港的有很相像之处。內殘酷,對外寬容 这好像是中国人的天性。

撇开惨不忍睹的九一八变不管,对侵略的日本强敌不理,大打容忍的口号, 先安内然后攘外”, 反而全力去剿共,这是当时蒋介石的态 度。撇抵制日本貨品不,撇开美国对中国的敌视不问,恶意攻击中国及香港政府的措施和方针,这是很多现代香港人民的态度。

假如今天的香港還是英國的殖民地的話﹐再假如英殖民政府要把香港學校一律地規限為英式教育﹐宣揚英帝國的光榮﹐英國的文化﹐我想一般的香港人不但不會反對﹐而且會積極執行﹐更還會有一些高等華人在幫助推動。以上雖然是假想﹐ 但經過殖民教育洗腦的我﹐認為發生的可能性是很高的。這不是下文說的中國人對同胞是冷漠的、厭惡的、兇殘的,而對外國人卻是熱心的、喜歡的、敬畏的

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馬英九激情演說驚呆世
馬英九,所謂中國是抗日戰爭的戰勝國,這是一個天大的謊言!世界上哪有這樣的戰勝國,又失地又得不到賠款?馬關條約日本獲得中國2億兩白銀賠款,相當於日本7年的財政收入。二戰後作為戰勝國的中國人卻1分錢都沒有拿到,天理何在?而且日本從來沒有承認戰敗,日本從官方到教科書和媒體都使用終戰一詞。
有人問馬英九,假如你獲得日本2萬億美元戰爭賠款,你會拿來做什麼?馬英九說,我會像1895年日本從馬關條約獲得中國2億兩白銀賠款那樣,優先用在教育上,讓鄉村的孩子們都上得起學
二戰結束後,日本作為戰敗國,被盟軍佔領,當時的中國作為美國的盟國,完全有能力收回琉球群島和釣魚島,只要中國開口,這些島嶼的管轄權很容易歸還中國。可是,中國人忙於內戰,顧不上這些領土,放棄了大好機會。俄國人和韓國人佔領了原先屬於日本的島嶼,犧牲最大的中國人什麼都沒有得到!中國是一個得不到賠償也得不到道歉的戰勝國,是一個只有犧牲而沒有勝利者權利的戰勝國,是一個為了內戰需要隨時準備與日本和解的戰勝國,是一個不會懲罰敵人只會兩黨兩派自相殘殺的戰勝國!
直到1970年代,美國人把琉球群島和釣魚島的管轄權正式交給日本的時候,中國人才逐漸醒悟,因為自己的疏忽,不但琉球群島得不到,連釣魚島都要失去了!而在這之前,沉迷於鬥的中國人已經有數千萬人死於文化大革命等殘酷的政治運動。
中國人就是這樣一個悲劇的民族,它總是熱衷於民族內部的自相殘殺,而對關係到民族福祉的生存空間漠不關心。領土是一個民族的生存空間,是一個民族最大的財富和最寶貴的資源。對一個民族,不管採用什麼樣的意識形態,無論實行民主還是專制,沒有生存空間一切都是空談。中華民族近代以來,丟失了大量的領土,生存空間遭到極大的萎縮。今天,我們保衛釣魚島,就是要向全體中華民族,要向全世界莊嚴宣告我們再也不能丟失一寸領土了!
二戰結束後,俄國人把被俘的德國軍人和日本鬼子送到西伯利亞做苦役,大部分人死在勞改營裡。可是中國人卻把大量的日本鬼子兵遣送回日本,少部分戰犯關押在戰犯管理所,好吃好喝,最後全部遣返。中國以德報怨,換來的是日本人的輕蔑。俄國人殘酷懲罰日本,卻獲得日本人的敬畏。這充分反映了中俄兩個民族不同的民族性。
中華民族是個自虐型的民族,它對自己的同胞百倍地殘酷無情,卻對殘害自己同胞的日本鬼子百倍的仁慈。中國人對同胞是冷漠的、厭惡的、兇殘的,而對外國人卻是熱心的、喜歡的、敬畏的。在抗日戰爭中,中國人對日本俘虜優待備至,把他們像老爺似的供養起來,寧願自己吃少點、吃差點,也儘量讓日本俘虜吃多點,吃好點;日軍撤退後,中國人民無微不至地撫養日本人留下的孩子,用中國人自己的話說:孩子是無辜的。
中國人真的把無辜的這個詞抬得高高的麼?無辜的真的是中國人的美德嗎?不儘然。中國人不會忘記文化大革命吧!在那場殘酷的政治運動中,中國人對那些所謂地富反壞右及其子女又何其殘忍無情,他們被迫與他們的父母劃清界限,被逼離出校門,被剝奪政治權力,被關被打……“無辜的在哪裡?
中國人內殘酷,對外寬容在世界上是獨一無二的,與其它民族形成鮮明對比。以釣魚島為契機,實現對日開戰,讓中國人擺脫內鬥魔咒,改變中國人喜好鬥的形象,讓中華民族團結起來!
我們贊同和平發展,但是絕不能軟弱退讓,不能有懼怕戰爭的思想,當中國的領土釣魚島被非法侵佔的時候,中國人應該拿出決心和勇氣,用大炮的震耳欲聾聲讓敵人顫抖!應該讓他們知道中國人不是一群只知道口頭抗議的懦夫!
《讀後感》
中國人內殘酷,對外寬容讓我深惡痛絕。當我轉發在商業上抵制韓國及日本貨品之後,仍看到有些人不以為然,甚至說要我們自己先檢討一下國內的貪官,妨冒,黑心食品等問題之後再說別人。我真的懷疑說這種話的人知不知道自己是什麼人!現今仍有認賊作父的人存在,真讓我們痛心擊首。上個世紀,每個中國人都深受的國共爭鬥,千千萬萬個家庭破碎分居海峽兩岸。如今,一個大家胼手胝足共同創造過經濟奇蹟的小島,也容不下兩種不同想法的人。藍綠惡鬥為害島上人民日益加深,難道我們都袖手傍觀,讓它繼續為害我們的幸福生活嗎?希望有能耐的人能發起「停止藍綠惡鬥運動」如果你認為自己是沒有能耐的人,至少可以默默的支持團結愛國的人,以你的選票甚或電郵傳送,幫忙救助我們的國家,停止惡鬥,讓我們步回正軌;讓我們安居樂業
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National Education HK

Mr. Abert Kwok is my U of T alumnus, earning his MA (Economics) and MBA there the same time when I was there. After working for the Ontario Government briefly he returned to Hong Kong and had been a Senior Lecturer at the Hong Kong Polytechnical University until retirement. I would like to share his comments on this issue with you all, with the permission of Mr. Kwok. Henry Lee

Mr. Albert Kwok wrote:

I received two copies of ‘Moral and National Education Curriculum Guide’ Primary 1 to Secondary 6, English version (204 pages). Chinese (173 pages) from Education Bureau upon my request.

The Guide consists of 6 chapters, Introduction, Curriculum Framework, Curriculum Planning, Learning and Teaching, Assessment, and Learning and Teaching Resources, prepared by a Committee of 13 persons, chaired by Prof. Lee Chack Fan, together with Prof. Ma, Prof. Lau, school principles and teachers. (It could be the Lee Chack Fan, past vice-president of HKU, formerly of Ontario Hydro)

It is scholastic, with references stretching from page 161 to 203 for the English version.

Although the title constitutes National Education, the focus is more on Moral. The focus is to encourage the development of a better person, kind, tolerant, understanding, independent thinking, and continued education, through a number of years of ‘Liberal Education’.

The Government position is to let the Schools to decide (1) Whether they want to introduce. It is not mandatory.(2) If yes, the schools decide the Timing, and resources will be supplied, as you need additional teachers etc.(3) The Schools and teachers decide (a) what to teach (b) how to teach. They do not have to follow the Guidelines.

Therefore, in view of the above, and bearing in mind the hostile attitudes of many citizens, particularly the teachers, towards the Central Government, and many schools are under the control of Religous Bodies, which happen to be anti-Central Government, particularly the Catholics , anti-Central Government media, newspapers and magazines, and the political parties, it will be extremely difficult to ‘brain-wash’. The students, with the guidance of their parents, are not dumb either !

The position of the Anti-National Education Group is to force the Government to cancel the Project entirely, by threatening ‘Demonstrations’ in the weeks ahead.

The Goverment position borrows from the Hippies movement in the sixties ‘You do your thing, and I do mine, and if by chance, we meet – it is beautiful !’ I tend to embrace this position.

If you want to be ‘Vegetarians’, it is O.K. with me. But, don’t Change me

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一个伊中旧生对“国民教育科”的看法

最近,香港市民对政府的“国民教育”措施议论纷纷,很多说这是“洗脑教育”,更有说这是“共产党员教育”,提出反对。伊中旧生会也联名提出反对,並要求校方承諾不會在伊中推行國民教育科。在我个人立场看来,香港中小学教育(包括很多很有名的学校的教育方针)早就充满了各种各样的教条灌输。所以,这些反对的声音是过烈的反应,是双重的标准。

我本人中学的教育,有三年是在天主教学校中渡过的, F1和F2是在九龙华仁书院,F7是在九龙喇沙书院,其余的时间是在伊中。 

在华仁F1和F2的时候,每周要修数节“圣经知识”(Biblical Knowledge) ,基本上就是灌输天主教的教义。在喇沙F7,每天也要修一节“伦理”(Ethics) ,基本上也是灌输天主教的教条。不管学生是天主教徒与否,这些科目,还是非得考试通过才有升级的机会。我相信这是一百数十年来香港每一所天主教中学习以为常的教育方针。 

如果天主教中学可以在课程上灌输这样的“教条教育”,那么别的学校放进“國民教育科” ,又有何不可呢?

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Loss of the American Conscience

Jimmy Carter wrote in the NY Times desparately calling for the return of the American moral conscience.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31698.htm

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温家宝对日相无耻行为的当头棒喝!

I must thank Winnie Woo (FA61) for sending me the following article. Premier Wen stated what many of us wanted, for a long time, to say to the Japanese. Bravo!

Max Wong FA61

China Premier Wen’s great speech about Japan

溫家寶的對日強硬發言(講得太好了!)*

日本首相小泉純一郎在馬來西亞出席完東亞峰會等一系列會議後召開了記者招待會,不顧各國的擔憂與反對,再次為參拜靖國神社進行辯解。據日本廣播協會電視臺報導,小泉就中韓兩國對其參拜靖國神社做出譴責的問題表示:“有些人對我參拜靖國神社抱有誤解和偏見。

我雖然身為日本首相,但我卻是以一位普通國民的身份前往參拜的。我完全沒有美化戰爭或者把它正當化的想法,只是想表達我對和平的祈求以及對陣亡者的哀悼。所以我至今都不明白為什麼有些國家會對此做出譴責。”另據共同社報導稱,小泉在當天的記者會上還稱,“我原本是日中友好的支持者。任何國家之間都會有一、兩個意見上的分歧,超越這些分歧創造合作關係才是應有的姿態”。

“這是個精神問題,”小泉在東亞峰會結束後的新聞發佈會上說,“我不理解為什麼有人要因祈禱而受到批評,也不理解為什麼連一些日本人也批評我。”,“我認為,在參拜靖國神社一事上存在誤會,”小泉說,“參拜絕對不是旨在美化戰爭或是為戰爭辯解。”小泉在任首相期間每年都要參拜靖國神社,其一意孤行的態度令中韓等亞洲鄰國非常不滿。

在此次於馬來西亞首都吉隆玻舉行的東亞峰會上,中韓領導人拒絕與小泉單獨會面。但小泉對此“不以為意”,他在新聞發佈會上再次提出與中韓領導人會面。“我可以隨時會見。我不記仇” 小泉說。

14日晚,中國總理溫家寶在馬來西亞出席完東亞峰會等一系列會議後召開了記者招待會,就日本首相小泉純一郎在當天下午再次為參拜靖國神社進行辯解一事,對記者發表評論,他說:“日本人對中國人的反日情緒抱有誤解和偏見,我雖然身為中國總理,但如果我以一位普通國民的身份來看待中日的過去和現在,我就會不計後果的立即下令用原子彈炸平日本列島,以報三千萬中國同胞死難之恨。”

“南京大屠殺的死難者、‘731部隊’的受害者、慰安婦的受害者、勞工的受害者,至今仍得不到日本政府精神上和物質的公正對待,這是中國民眾心中永遠的痛,這種痛如果得不到合理的化解,一百年乃至一千年以後都會存在,這不是因為中國人好記仇,這是全人類的本性, 絕不是中國人所獨有的。”

“中國人民其實是一個善良和寬厚的民族,他們很容易滿足,他們善良地對待別人也希望別人善良地對待他們。”“戰爭已經過去了五十多年,日本政府對當年遺留在中國的二百多萬件化學武器一直予以隱瞞和否認,直到一九九一年才在眾多中國百姓受到傷害的事實面前承認,可是直到今天日本政府還遲遲不對當年遺留在中國並仍在不斷傷害中國百姓的化學武器進行合理的處置,這在世界上也是沒有的。”

“前幾天日方又說,遺留在中國的化學武器僅為四十多萬件,而不是先前的七十多萬件,並有意推遲對其處理的時間,可見日方關心的並不是中國百姓的生命時刻受到遺留在中國的化學武器的傷害,而是莫名其妙的數字。”“遺留在中國的化學武器件數的多少只會影響對其處理所需資金的多少,如果日方今天說遺留在中國的化學武器只有一件半,中國政府也只好說:就算是一件半, 你們趕快處理了吧!只要不再傷害中國百姓就行了。”“我不知小泉純一郎首相以一位普通日本國民的身份且從普通中國國民的角度上來如何看待這些事。”

溫家寶說:“在我來此開會之前,接到了一個北京民間團體的申請,說要在天安門廣場為在廣島和長崎扔下原子彈的美國人查理斯文建一個紀念碑,以感謝他對廣島和長崎的核轟炸使戰爭得以提早結束,從而使中國百姓避免了戰爭延長而再死幾十萬、幾百萬甚至上千萬。 ”“我如果是民選總理, 為了順從民意,大筆一揮同意,於是就會出現這樣的景象:每年八月六日和九日,當日本民眾在廣島和長崎為在核轟炸中死去的十幾萬人祈禱時,中國民眾卻在天AN門廣場上的查理斯文紀念碑前為核轟炸而歡呼,紀念和感謝查理斯文先生拯救了幾十萬、幾百萬甚至上千萬中國人的生命。 ”“十幾萬與幾十萬、幾百萬甚至上千萬相比當然可以忽略不記,你能說中國民眾的行為有什麼不對嗎?”

“我不知那時,小泉純一郎首相和日本民眾的心情會是什麼樣?”

溫家寶接著說:“我承認我不是民選總理, 但日本人應該感謝我,如果我是民選總理的話 我早就會下令對日本進行核打擊了, 因為任何一個民選總理,決不會容忍日本政府這樣無視中國人民的感情, 否則人民也不會選他。” “以一位中國普通國民的身份,我理解中國普通民眾心中的反日情緒,理解他們為洗刷民族百年來的恥辱而寧願玉石俱焚的心情,他們不怕‘美日聯防條約’,也不在乎日本大力提升軍力甚至發展核武器,他們只想出這口怨氣;”

“當然,以一位中國總理的身份,我也理解世界上那些天天鼓噪‘中國威脅論’的人,因為這些人的國家在過去的一百多年裏對中國人民做出的虧心事太多,對中國人民的傷害太大,他們心虛,他們害怕中國將來強大起來後,一不小心出了個希特勒式的民選總理,就會對他們進行復仇。” “這確實給某些國家出了道難題,因為這是誰也難料的事。”“但我認為有關國家如果能公正的對待中國人民,這種不正常事情出現的可能性很小,因為中國人民一直是一個愛好和平的民族。”

“作為一個負責任的國家領導人,我可以在此做出保證:在我任內會盡一切努力用和平的方式去處理日中關係,仍然保持現有的五百九十九枚州際核導彈,決不增加一枚,雖然我可以下令將核導彈數增至五千九百九十九枚。”“在這裏我可以透露點國家機密:中國現有的五百九十九枚州際核導彈中的二百九十九枚核導彈是對準日本的,所以日本要麼發展核武器與中國對抗,要麼就別惹中國。”

溫家寶最後說:“一 個人的一生不過幾十年,既管不到過去,也管不到將來,當國家總理更是只有幾年,作為負責任的國家領導人,我希望我能和小泉純一郎首相一起,相互抱著真誠和 友善的態度共同來減少和化解中日兩國之間存在的怨恨,增進兩國人民之間的感情,為中日兩國人民及子孫們的友好相處創造出一個廣闊的天地,而萬萬不能相互仇 恨和傷害以至斷絕中日兩國人民及子孫們的友好之路!”

“有 些人對我堅決反對小泉純一郎首相參拜靖國神社抱有誤解和偏見。我雖然身為中國總理,但我卻是以一位普通國民感情來看待這件事的。我完全沒有反日或者把它作 為復仇的想法,只是想表達我對和平的祈求以及對三千萬中國死難同胞的哀悼。所以我至今都不明白日本人為什麼不能體諒中國民眾的感情。”“我原本和現在都是中日友好的支持者。任何國家之間都會有一、兩個意見上的分歧,超越這些分歧創造合作關係才是應有的姿態。”“這是個品德問題。” 溫家寶對記者們說:“也許你們不明白這句話的意思,其實我也不明白。”

溫家寶說:“我知道為什麼有人要因祈禱而受到批評,也知道為什麼連一些日本人也批評小泉純一郎首相。”“我認為,在參拜靖國神社一事上存在著嚴重的道德取向錯誤。”溫家寶口氣堅定地說:“參拜行為絕對不能成為對中國三千萬死難者和其他亞洲各國數百萬死難者的褻瀆。”

對於記者們提到的中日韓三國領導人會面的問題,溫家寶“不以為意”,他在新聞發佈會上強調:“我是記仇的,在日方改變在參拜靖國神社問題上的態度之前,我是不會與小泉純一郎首相見

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The Truth of the Past Decade

A colleague of mine sent me the following documentary. It is truly alarming and should be viewed by anyone who cares about the world.  

http://blip.tv/waronterrorlie/9-11-truth-the-new-american-century-video-taken-down-from-google-vid-1872916

Max

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Sad News – the Passing of Stella M.Y. Wong 黃美燕 (FA65)

I am very saddened and with a very heavy heart  to inform you of the passing of Stella M.Y. Wong (FA65) on the evening of Wednesday, April 18, at 8:15 p.m., at North York General Hospital.

Stella suffered a massive stroke early Monday morning. For her stay at the hospital till her departure she was surrounded by family and close friends at her bedside.

For the past many years a group of up to eleven FA61 and some FA65 alumni were gathering on almost every one of our Spring luncheon and Fall AGM together, using the functions as mutual excuse to play a game of mahjong and see each other. Stella was a member of this  group and it was only last week that she was inquiring about the upcoming event.  She shall be missed a great deal from now on. It may also take some  time before we could revive this ritual.

Visitation was scheduled for Friday April  27 at 2 to 4 p.m. and also 6 to 8 p.m. with funeral service at the Chapel and burial on Saturday April 28 at 10 a.m. All are to be held at the York Cemetery and Visitation Centre, 160 Beecroft Road; phone number 416-221-3404. Mr. Patrick Lo and Mrs. Winnie Wong (Woo) have consented to the  announcement of this sad news in the QESOSA Ontario communication media.

Henry  Lee (FA61)

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Mr T. McC. Chamberlain – A Caring and Inspiring Teacher

On a cold QES school day in 1960, our chemistry teacher was absent, and a tall, dark and handsome English gentleman took his place. As soon as he came into the classroom, he announced: “Mr Chan is ill today. I will be looking after you for this period. I’ll let you do your own work. Meanwhile, you can ask me any question on mathematics.” That marked the beginning of the first time I encountered Mr Chamberlain closely. Of course, I had seen Mr Chamberlain before in school, but always at a distance. Anyway, as a 14-year old student hardly able to utter a complete sentence in English and not exactly known for any outstanding achievement, academic or otherwise, I would be far too intimidated to talk to any teacher who did not know me, let alone to a “gwailo”. However, on this day, maybe it was because of his mild and friendly manner, or maybe it was his beautifully enunciated English, or maybe it was his smile, I picked up the courage to ask him a question. In those days, I had a passion for Euclidean geometry and of course I would ask the one problem I thought was the toughest and would show off my special way of solving it. He was extremely patient with my pidgin English and listened really attentively to every point I made until he fully understood what I was doing. With a smile, he complimented my efforts. Then, bit by bit, he told me why some of my assumptions were wrong, and how those led to wrong conclusions. I was stupefied by the speed with which he found the errors in what I thought a profound and rigorous proof. The ensuing discussion was humbling for me, however, I was very much encouraged by his kind and generous commendations. 

The following year, we were confronted with the first big academic hurdle – the School Certificate Examination. I was blessed to have Mr Chamberlain as our mathematics teacher. (I also learned that several of the girls in my class did not really like mathematics, but took the subject because of Mr Chamberlain’s striking handsomeness. To the disappointment of many, he grew a big beard which covered up much of his good looks later that year!) Handsome or not, he was one hell of a teacher! He was exceptionally lucid in his explanations, always trying to arouse our interest by drawing analogies to everyday events and to consolidate our understanding by representing the mathematical concept with a diagram. (To this day, I still practise these good habits of his in my lectures.) Even on a boring subject like stock and shares and interest rates, he would make it vivacious and colourful!

During that year, together with some other teachers, Mr Chamberlain established the QES Science Club. I was keen to join several of the sections including Astronomy and Meteorology, both led by Mr Chamberlain. It was during that time I heard someone saying that Mr Chamberlain was once the Deputy Director of the Observatory. I never confirmed with him on that, but after consulting with Mr Hinton who was not too sure about that either, we concluded that must be the time right after the war when he was still serving in the army.  Regardless, somehow, Mr Chamberlain managed to borrow from somewhere a high-power reflective telescope for us to view the heavenly bodies. (Later, under his supervision, we actually made one ourselves.) The excitement of a bunch of teenage students seeing for the first time the surface of Jupiter, or the details of the rings around Saturn could hardly be contained. I still remember when Mr Chamberlain explained to us that the image of the Andromeda Galaxy we were viewing at the time was in fact its image approximately two and a half million years ago, I was struck with such an aura of mystery that I felt completely lost in a daze, bewildered by the incomprehensible vastness of the Universe. We spent many, many late nights in the football field gazing at and learning about the planets, the stars, and the galaxies.  He also spent a few weekends taking us to visit the Hong Kong Royal Observatory in Tsim Sha Tsui. Besides academic work, Mr Chamberlain was also a keen sportsman, having great enthusiasm for (field) hockey and cricket. (He even gave me a few tips in boxing once!)

The year after the School Cert Exam found us all facing another big hurdle — matriculation. We did not have Mr Chamberlain for mathematics any more, but his care for our learning continued to touch us. At the end of our Form Lower 6, he volunteered to spend the summer with us giving us tutorials on calculus and analytic geometry.  In those days, it was every parent’s dream to get his/her son into medical school in Hong Kong. My parents were no exception. However, the tutorials that summer changed my mind. In spite of my parents’ wish, I totally turned away from biological sciences, and took up mathematical sciences for my career instead. Today, 50 years later, mathematics remains the prime tool for my scientific research and my interest in it is still as fervent!

I saw Mr Chamberlain for the last time in 1966 just before I left Hong Kong for England. He was about to take up his post in Northcote Training College. He explained to me at length on the education system in England. Even though I never saw him again, for over 45 years, whenever I thought of my old school days, Mr Chamberlain would be one of the first teachers that came to my mind.  It is very sad for me to hear that he had passed away. To me, he was more than a great teacher, he was an inspiring figure, be that in or out of the classroom. His unparalleled dedication to the education of his students will remain deeply imprinted in my heart, and no doubt, in the hearts of many as well.

Max Wong, FA61

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