English translation: The Stories of Young Immigrants
《Article 20 of a series of reports》
Keep A Clear Mind
Do Not Be Affected by the Environment
Lin Renjie: Be Brave and Pursue Your Life Goals
Lin Renjie grew up as a good student who was excellent both in his studies and behaviour. He has always maintained his pursuit of life's ideals and goals since he left Taipei 13 years ago to study in the United States and Canada. Studying abroad is very hard and stressful. Some of the young international students around his age have gone down the wrong path of crime and doing drugs because of the lack of parental supervision and temptation in the environment. But Lin Renjie’s mind stayed clear during these many years. No matter how difficult the environment is, he will never forget his ideals and will never forget why he came out to study.
He has been challenging himself to set goals for success. Once the goal is set, he must do his best and not waste away his days.
Lin Renjie left Taiwan at the age of fourteen and went to the United States by himself. He attended high schools in Phoenix and Los Angeles and later entered UC Berkeley. He transferred to Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia from Berkeley after his family moved to Vancouver. After graduating from university, he completed the MBA program at Simon Fraser University. He currently works in a research department at DynaMotive Hi-Tech, a company founded by his father, Lin Chengxian.
Lin Renjie spent time in different living and learning environments during his studies. Although he was technically cared for by his relatives, he basically lived independently. He was the only Chinese student in his class, and his English level was just enough to point to a note to ask for directions. However, no matter how much pressure he has been under from all aspects of his studies, he has always been persistent and diligent in his pursuits and has never forgotten his life’s ideals.
After receiving his primary and some of his secondary education in Taiwan and completing courses in secondary schools, universities, and research institutes abroad, Lin Renjie has deep feelings about the differences between eastern and western education. When he first came to the United States from Taiwan, he easily completed three math courses in the first year when he could barely speak English, which made his teacher feel incredible. From this experience, he realized that eastern education pays more attention to recitation, emphasizing the basic concepts, and focusing on the systematization of knowledge. Western education emphasizes understanding and encourages students' creativity. He believes that both models have their advantages, and that they should be combined with each other. He said that children are very clever and have good memories and understandings. Therefore, children's brain power should be developed earlier. It is absolutely no harm to read more books while you are young.
For himself, Lin Renjie has always been very strict, and his self-evaluation is very practical. He believes that everyone should do their best to try new things and broaden their horizons. In the process of advancing, you will inevitably find that you are most likely to be most interested and skillful in one field. Then you can work in this direction in the future. It is not necessary to force yourself to do things beyond your abilities, for it is useless to do so.
The experience of living independently for many years has broadened Lin Renjie's horizons and made him easy for people to get along with. He said that the development of science has made the world smaller and smaller. Wherever people get together with each other, there will be disagreements. The controversies might be bigger, especially for Taiwanese living abroad because of their complex cultural background. As a result, people should strive to understand each other. They should not only look at the problem from their own point of view but also learn to think about it from the standpoint of others and learn to accept others.
Lin Renjie knows that it is difficult to find a job after graduation. His father’s company provided him with a protective umbrella. He is very lucky. He hopes to use this advantageous resource to develop his abilities of independent research and overallmanagement skills, as well as combining the scientific knowledge he has learned from school with the concept of business management, and apply them to the management of a high-tech company to create a successful research and management model.
By Yang Shinong, journalist of World Journal Vancouver
[Photo]: Lin Renjie left home to study in the United States and Canada and pursued his life goals without being affected by the environment. This picture was taken before he left Taiwan (left) and in front of his current company (right).