In the original interview, Ying Pang talks about her history, from her casual working life to the way wars have affected her life. She have many interesting stories to tell, but one topic have piqued my interested the most – education.
Education is something I have the most connection to, and it is taken granted for, especially countries that have given free educations for their citizens. Learning to read and write has become a basic skill for many in this generation, but for Ying and her children’s generation, it is not the case.
Ying and her eldest child, Chau, have hit and missed opportunities of learning.
When Ying was young, she was the first in her village to have the opportunity to learn, though she was bad-mouthed and discouraged by the other villagers, as they do not encourage female to study, many children of her age gradually got the same opportunity to get educated – I would dare say she influence others to have the same opportunity as her. Though she influenced others to learn, she dropped out as she was overwhelmed with work and the work became too difficult for her. It was a missed opportunity she regretted, but she started a good cause unintentionally.
After Ying moved to England with her family, Chau took the opportunity to study with her siblings. Chau really enjoyed learning and is a diligent learner, and Ying regretted telling her to stop studying and help out with the family, so that her siblings could continue to study; since her siblings didn’t study as diligently and dropped out eventually.
Ying sharing me her insight of her education experience made me realise how blessed younger generations are to be educated. I see Ying tried to benefit her children by minimising their burden on making money, but she needed her eldest daughter’s help to do so, unfortunately, the others are not as excited to learn as Chau.