Hollywood traditionally loves to portray Chinese
men as a bunch of mean, vengeful and untrustworthy demons,
which is of course very biased. China does produce mean,
vengeful and untrustworthy men, just like any other nations,
but China also nurtures men with noble spirit and a heart
There are two men born in China and studied
in both China and the United States. After receiving their
PhD respectively, one becomes the world's top scientist and
surgeon through decades of strenuous and honest work, another
remains jobless due to his less sufficient training and even
lesser endeavour in the profession.
But different academic training and working
attitudes are just parts of the causes that set the two men
world apart. There is more - the humanitarian conscience.
The following is one instance to illustrate
About ten years ago in September 2000, Fang,
the watchdog of Zachary Burton, a professor at Michigan State
University, began to collect evidences against Dr. Xia Jiantong,
a 24-year old Chinese who was said to be the youngest professor
that Harvard ever appointed. The offence Xia committed related
to his description of his academic credentials that Fang
believed to be over exaggerated to some degree. Fang determined
to bring Xia down for that reason so sent the accusation
along with the relevant materials to the assistant dean for
Harvard Graduate School of Design. When in November he mentioned
this incident on his website, Dr. Xiao advised him to take
second thought before proceeding further. And following is
the record of their online exchanges at the time which can
still be found on Fang's personal website:
Pro. Confused (Dr. Xiao) 昏教授（肖传国）：November 2000
Xia is a real talent; please give him an opportunity to
learn a lesson without damaging his career. What he has
achieved in such a tender age is amazing, he must have
worked extremely hard and we as Chinese should feel proud
None of us is saint and we all have our faults, let along
a young man like him - even some senior academics would
over boast their achievements on occasions. Take ourselves.
When we were at his age, how many silly things we did?
To be frank, I'm not as smart as Xia, and when I was 24,
I was just on my second year studying for my Master's degree;
by then I had achieved nothing yet but I was even more
arrogant and ambitious than Xia.
Please, let's give him some support and wish him to achieve
more in his career. I bow to all of you here, please stop
chasing after him. Neither cheap praise nor harsh condemnation
would really help a talented young man to learn and to
grow. I disagree with your idea of making a big splash
on this matter by informing the Harvard authority. We can
help him to correct his mistakes privately, otherwise it
may eventually hurt all Chinese students and academics
夏建统还是个才子, 请同胞们高抬贵手. 这个年龄, 能有此成就, 也算难得, 也算努力了, 也算给中国学人挣脸了.
人非圣贤, 孰能无过?何况少年才子多轻狂, 得意忘形之处也还是可以理解, 可以原谅的. 即使昏庸无能如本教授者,
德高望重如海宁者, 中奸巨滑如巴山者, 都还经常牛皮大发, 诸位若想想自己24岁时的德性, 可能比夏强不到哪里去吧?
坦白从宽: 我可能没夏这么聪明; 我24岁时才刚读硕士第二年; 我24岁时无夏如此成就; 我24岁时可能比夏还轻狂幼稚.
所以, 同为中国人, 我们主要还是应该为他的才能和成就高兴,希望他成大器. 请大家莫再穷追猛打, 我给大家鞠躬了.
人才难得, 捧杀不好, 骂杀也可惜. 我更反对把事闹到哈佛当局去, 内外还是应该有别, 否则这石头最终会砸在所有中国学人脚上.
I sent out the documents because the assistant dean of
Harvard's School of Design asked me to do so.
Pro. Confused (Dr. Xiao):
Please forgive me for being blunt. I just don't see why
it is necessary; if I were you, I would definitely do things
differently. To start with, do you really have to follow
the order of an assistant dean from Harvard? Is it wise
for Chinese in America to ruin another Chinese's career?
Will it do any good to Chinese students and academics studying
and living in the United States? Look at those American
movies, whenever a Chinese appears, he is forever depicted
in a negative light. Have you ever seen a positive Chinese
character in a Hollywood film?
I'm not a fan of Jews, but I do admire their spirit of
unity which has a lot for us to learn, since we are more
like a plate of sands. Your fraud busting activity is undoubtedly
quite beneficial to a healthy development of China's science,
but when it has a potential to spoil the collective image
of Chinese people, we should try to address the issue within
Chinese community. All things in the world are interconnected,
and a positive action could result a very negative consequence.
恕我直言: 不妥. 我要是你, 决不这么作! 你有必要听命于哈佛院长助理吗? 再说, 由我们中国人把这个中国人彻底搞臭,
彻底毁灭, 对他(24岁), 对其他在美中国学人, 对其他在美中国人真有天大的好处吗? 看看美国的电视电影,
凡有中国人脚色的, 哪一个是正面的? 我极不喜欢犹大人, 但他们的紧密抱团的确值得我们这一盘散沙学习. 你的打假工作无疑对中国目前及将来学术科技的健康发展具极重要的正面影响.
但若可能涉及中国人的整体形象时, 要有轻重, 要内外有别, 不能只图一时痛快. 世界上任何事没有绝对的对错,一件好事,
Phew! Is the collective image of Chinese people maintained
by Xia? I was asked to send out the materials, should I
just ignore the request? If I did so, they might think
I have something to hide, would this spoil my personal
image as a Chinese? And further spoil the collective image
of all Chinese? Tell you, you're just fxxk stupid, pray
stop calling yourself professor.
Do you see how psychotically unreasonable and fxxk rude
of Zachary Burton's watchdog is?! How can anybody ever believe
a man like Fang who concerns no one else's interest but his
own would spend years to bust fraud for free just for helping "China's
science move forward"?
Yet Zachary Burton would present this mean,
vengeful and untrustworthy guy as a watchdog to keep men
of honour and noble honest. This notion in itself deserves
to be fraud busted. If it is not due to Burton's naivety
that makes him so easily to be fooled by his student, then
we shall have a good reason to suspect he may cherish some
But whatever Zachary Burton's true intention
for China and especially China's science is, he can feel
quite satisfied by now. The good man devoted to serving the
humanity and serving Chinese people in particular has
been locked up and labeled as fraud by a Fang associated
media, while the man of fraud in almost all aspects being
hailed as the warrior of fraud busting.
What a fxxk stupid moment in history it is!
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