English translation: The Stories of Young Immigrants
《Article Five of a Series of Reports》(Part two)
New Immigrants Should Rely Less on Their Families and Social Support
Mason Loh (Le Meisen): Opportunities are given to those who are always seeking them
By Yang Shinong, journalist of World Journal Vancouver
Mason Loh met Ms. Liang Shuling at Little Mountain, Vancouver, and started volunteering for the United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society (S.U.C.C.E.S.S.). It has been fifteen years since he joined as a volunteer to his present status as its chairman. During these fifteen years, he also had a lasting bond with S.U.C.C.E.S.S. He is as dedicated to this volunteer work as he is to his career, and he has silently devoted countless days and nights to it. He said that this was the result of the influence of his father, Le Jiafan, and his mother, Zhao Keshi, from an early age. Mr. Le Jiafan joined the Rotary Club of Taipei North in 1960. He founded the Rotary Club of Vancouver Chinatown in 1981 and served as the founding president. He took every effort to promote the work of the club. He is also the only current Chinese Canadian steward of the BC Rehabilitation Association. Under his influence, the Loh family enjoys contributing to the public welfare and is not tired of it.
Although volunteer work takes up a lot of Mason’s time and working as the chairman tends to bring him financial challenge and mental pressure, he believes that the benefits he gets from his volunteer work are priceless. He not only enriched his understanding of society and learned how to get along with others, but also received spiritual satisfaction. He said that when you feel that your work is valuable and can help others, the happiness generated by it cannot be measured in money.
Mason Loh also admits that few encourages volunteers when they have achievements and that they are often blamed for mistakes. He hopes that people will give more encouragement to volunteers. He also hopes that people would not have the idea that they have to wait for a successful career to do volunteer work, [so that] they could volunteer and repay society as their capacity allows.
Mason Loh said that North American society, especially Canada, has a good welfare system. As well, its territory is vast and has abundant resources along with a small population, making it a place full of opportunities. However, a good welfare system also has side effects, which tend to cause excessive dependence on the government and society and make the advantage into a disadvantage. Opportunities are usually given to those who are always seeking them. Since the media here often post news of unemployment, young immigrants will lose their enthusiasm and feel disheartened when they read it. He believes that there are many actual opportunities. His law firm, which employs four lawyers and six clerks, has developed into its present size step by step as a result of hard work.
He also found that people who have studied in Canada are more likely to adapt to the job market, while some new immigrants are too concerned about positions and salaries and cannot adapt easily. He believed that new young immigrants should stop relying on their families, the government, and society and take ownership of their own life. He said that jobseekers should not ignore opportunities because they have low wages, are not your specialization, or are low positions. They must work hard and start from zero. The most important thing for a person is to earn respect by his own abilities and efforts. (to be continued)
[Photo]: Mason Loh’s father, Mr. Le Jiafan, and his mother, Ms. Zhao Keshi, took this picture with him at his graduation ceremony of the Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School. (Photo provided by Mr. Le Jiafan)