English translation: The Stories of Young Immigrants
《Article 13 of a series of reports》(Part two)
He Xinchang Advises New Immigrants to Learn English Well
He Xinchang’s four brothers and sisters differ in age by two years. His big brother came to Canada at the age of fourteen and is still fond of Chinese culture and often reads Laozi, Feng Shui and other related books. He is currently working as a dentist. He Xinchang’s big sister is quite traditional in dealing with affairs and making friends. She shows filial piety to their parents. She took her elders’ advice, even when she was choosing her other half. She married a person who she knew through her grandfather’s friend, who had immigrated to Japan in their childhood. He Xinchang’s younger sister is quite westernized compared with the older two and has a Canadian husband.
As for He Xinchang himself? He fell in love with a girl from Finland after declining many of the dates that his mother had arranged for him. The girl's love for drama, photography and the fine arts has given them many topics to talk about because of their similar interests. Also, she likes He Xinchang's thoughtfulness, understanding and reasonableness, which are special qualities of Oriental men. They have achieved a happy foreign marriage.
Every summer vacation, He Xinchang’s older sister, who currently lives in Hong Kong, will fly to Vancouver to reunite with their family. He Xinchang laughed and said that his family is very international, and this is very evident when the whole family gathers together. The languages used by family members to talk to each other includes English, Mandarin, Hakka, Japanese, Finnish, and more. The family’s diversity also shows that their parents provided enough free space for the family members to choose their own social connections. After he was accustomed to using English, He Xinchang began to neglect his Chinese. Fortunately, his big brother and sister still insisted on speaking Chinese at home, so his fluency in Chinese was maintained. At present, He Xinchang, a practicing architect, is glad that he has never forgotten Chinese, since in his career more than 90% of his clients are Chinese. Otherwise, when communicating with Chinese customers, he would not be as thorough and complete as he is now. This realization makes him hope that his children can learn Chinese in the future, which will be more helpful in making friends and career development. On the other hand, his suggestion for new immigrants is that they should learn English well, especially young people. Otherwise, it will be difficult to develop a career in Canada. In addition, he also hopes that parents will encourage their children to support themselves and go out to practice more, rather than spoiling their children too much, such as providing luxury cars and giving them an endless allowance in their youth. If so, their children would never encounter any difficulties in the relative safety of their youth, and it will be difficult for them to adapt to real society if things do not go so well when they get older.
By Zhang Yizhong, journalist of World Journal Vancouver
[Photo]: It took He Xinchang years to elaborately design and build his home. (Photo by Zhang Yizhong)