My email dialogue with the school supervisor

After reading my email dialogue with the school supervisor in the last 4 months, I hope you will understand why I am so worrying about the future of Wahyanites and have to bring the case to the appeal of the public in order to steer the course of the school to ease the suffering of the Wahyanites.

All emails are about the educational direction of the school and none of them is about personal affairs. What kind of Business Ethics do I advocate ?

Remark : The dialogue has been edited to correct some typos and mask some names mentioned in the dialogue.

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Incidence : After the School Management Committee meeting of 21 September 2010, a meeting was arranged with the school supervisor to discuss the future arrangement of the Vocablearning Program. The meeting was adjourned on the day and scheduled to continue on 21st October 2010 to discuss how the Vocablearning Program can be carried on on a voluntary and well-informed basis.

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Subject: Final figure
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 11:30:23 +0000

Dear Stephen,

This is the final figure that I can come up with from all the data that is accessible to me. If you have any data/factors that I don’t know and would like to have them included in the calculation, please send them to me by next Wednesday so that I can include them in the calculation before the discussion of the next Friday (21 Oct).

Paul

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Incidence : On 13 October 2010, the school issued a circular to all students without informing me that the school decided to abandon the Vocablearning Program as a regular assessment required by the school. The participation rate of the students dropped by over 2/3 overnight and the hope of closing the performance gap vanished.

Reference: Circular From the School
Why didn’t I enjoy an annual remuneration of over $800,000?

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Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 9:22 PM

Dear Stephen,

I decided to give up my role as a teacher and change my role to a reporter. I designed a leaflet to be disseminated to all stakeholders starting from 25th October. If you cannot provide any evidence to prove that my calculation is subject to serious fault, this version would be close to final.

Paul

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Sent : Fri 14/10/2011 21:35

Dear Paul,

What has made you decided to change your role? And why October 25? In what way do you anticipate would this help our students?

Peace,

Stephen

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Sent: Friday, October 14, 2011 9:43 PM

Only a teacher needs to consider your question. A report doesn’t.

Paul

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Sent : Fri 14/10/2011 21:55

Then can you at least tell me whom am I going to meet next Friday? Would that change the original objective of our meeting?
By the way, I am in Beijing today and this weekend. Just in case you are trying to call me.

Peace,

Stephen

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Sent : Fri 14/10/2011 23:46

As long as you and XXXXXXX are available, I am glad to meet you two as scheduled.

Paul

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Sent : Sat 15/10/2011 10:40

Sure. We have scheduled 4 p.m. next Friday. Let’s decide on the venue later. Do you have any preference?

Peace,

Stephen

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Data Verification

Incidence : On 16th October 2011, I received a call from a former colleague who is in charge of the academic committee and examination records of the school. He said the principal asked him to validate the figures I mentioned in the previous email to the school supervisor. I gave him all the raw data based on which my calculation was done.
On 19th October 2011, I met the colleague in person to double check with him whether he could find any serious fault in my calculation. His only reservation on my calculation was that he was not very sure that the university admission only depends on academic performance.
As the former assistant principal of the school, I know that university admission almost solely depends on academic result unless you have a very significant contribution in other area e.g. olympic medal. All recommendations written for the principal recommendation scheme have never succeeded.

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Sent : Tue 18/10/2011 06:32

Dear Stephen and XXXXXXX,

The following is a passage that I am going to post up on my website to explain what I am going to do :

Many people wondered why I resigned from the position of Assistant Principal of Wah Yan College Hong Kong and paid an opportunity cost of about HK15,000,000 to do this vocablearning project instead of lingering in my orginal position until retirement. The following figure explained everything.

“Figure of Performance gap figure”

As an old boy of the school, I have great difficulties in accepting the drastic decline in academic performance of the school in recent years. If the cause of decline was solely due to the decline of the quality of students admitted by the school, probably nothing significant could be done. However, the performance gap as shown in the figure could hardly be explained by this factor.

The presence of the gap implies an annual financial loss of at least HK$38,000,000 to graduates of Wah Yan in term of tertiary education subsidy from the government. If we also consider the earning premium for univserity graduates, the total loss can be as high as $200m per year, let alone the loss in potential and talent of the young men.

With all these years of struggling within the system, I found that it was almost impossible to turn the tide inside the school despite working 7 days a week and sleeping occasionally on the floor of my Assistant Principal room at night.

Eventually, I found this vocablearning project a possible way to break the impasse. For the evidence why the project was deemed to be feasible, please refer to the documents presented to the school management committee of the school on 21st Sept 2010 as attached.

However, the project was still politically infeasible in the school. In order to move the scheme forward, I made a radical move of resigning from my original position. The after-effect of my resignation eventually broke the impasse.

The data gathered in the last year of implementation confirmed by prediction. The project is capable to close the performance gap significantly in 6 to 7-year time.

In spite of the facts that the preliminary result of the project was very promising and I am willing to forfeit the copyright of the project to the school, the management of the school notified the students that the school decided to stop the project as a 10 min. daily assignment without notifying me. Once the students got notified the decision, the participation rate of the students dropped by 2/3 overnight and the hope of closing the performance gap vanished immediately.

“Figure of adrupt drop in participation rate”

If not all wahyanites can be helped to perform up to their normal level, they at least deserve the right to know the situation so that they can make the best possible decision for themselves.

Lastly, a simple arithmetics explained my decision – Is 200,000,000 greater than 15,000,000 / 18 ?

See you both on Friday.

Paul

Reference : Why didn’t I enjoy an annual remuneration of over $800,000?

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Incidence : On 21st October 2011, I met the school supervisor in person. The only mistake that he could find in my calculation was that the school had only 90 students in Form 6 but the average Form 5 enrollment was 146.8. Even with all the Form 6 students admitted to university, the admission rate would only be 61% and could not reach my calculation of 75.5%.
For me, if the school has an admission rate close to 60%, I wouldn’t bother to do all the researches that I have done in order to revert the downward trend of the school.
To cater his query, I changed the title of the figure from “Average admission rate of other boy schools with similar intake” to “Average admission rate of other boys’ schools with similar intake upon implementation of HK Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (projected)” before publication because the admission bottleneck will disappear after the implementation of HKDSEE.

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Sent : 29/10//2011 9:10
CC : Stephen Chow

XXXXXXX,

Thank a lot for having dinner with me last time.

Yesterday, I attended a parent meeting of my daughter’s school and was presented with this slide (as attached).

Even though XXX is not a top-notch school in the territory (though a good one), Mrs XXXXX XX (the principal) told all the parents that she expected a 75% university admission rate in the first year of HKDSE examination. For the validity of the claim, you can verify this with her when you meet Mrs XXXXX XX personally next time.

If XXX can get 75%, I think for XXXXXXXX XXXXXXX, a school that I taught before, 90% is a very conservative estimation.

If you have the figure for any schools with similar reputation in the territory, please let me know. I hope that it would be much lower than 75% just like us so that we can feel better.

Paul

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Sent : Web 30/11/2011 21:22
Subject : Voluntary vocablearning exercise as a well-informed choice

Dear Stephen,

In the last 4 weeks, I disseminated about 550 copies each of the attached leaflets at the footbridge of Wah Yan every school day. Most of the students received my messages about the situation. For the other stakeholders who haven’t been informed yet, I will inform them by other means later.

I hope you can also spend some time to scan through the attachment to understand what messages I am conveying to all stakeholders of Wah Yan. Unlike someone who tells lies and makes baseless claim so habitually, all my postulations, even the hypothetical ones, are all supported by substantial evidences. Please accept the fact that the academic performance gap of Wah Yan is real and we owe all Wahyanites a much better learning environment.

As the only hope to close the performance gap without a total reengineering of Wah Yan, I will not give up my fellow Wahyanites, at least in the next 10 years. Being a reporter is only something I need to do to fulfill my role as a teacher. This is only a step of enlightenment required.

For an organization without an effective self-correcting mechanism, similar to a patient irresponsive to any medicine, a non-invasive treatment is simply not possible.

Perhaps, it is the time to sit down and discuss how the vocablearning project can be carried on as a voluntary and well-informed choice for the wahyanites. Could we have an appointment to discuss the issue as discussed before ?

Attachement : Leaflet To stakeholders, University Admission Rate of XXX, Why did I Pay $15,000,000 ?

Paul

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Sent : Wed 07/12/2011 08:19
Subject : Re : Voluntary vocablearning exerrcise as a well-informed choice

Dear Paul,

Good morning. Your messages are received and noted. I will bring up your case for discussion in our next SMC meeting. And you will be informed of the decision thereafter. You have a nice day.

Peace,

Fr. Chow
Stephen Chow, S.J.
Snail Mail: Ricci Hall, 93 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. (Rom 12:21)

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Sent : Sat 24/11/2011 14:38
Subject : Re : Voluntary vocablearning exercise as a well-informed choice

Dear Paul,

The SMC has recently met and we have re-visited our instructions to the school administration regarding your Vocablearning project. The board is satisfied that the administration has carried out the instructions accordingly.
We wish you success in your future endeavors. Most of all, we wish you and your loved ones a blessed Christmas and a healthy 2012! Have an enjoyable vacation.

Peace,
Fr. Chow

Stephen Chow, S.J.
Snail Mail: Ricci Hall, 93 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. (Rom 12:21)

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Sent : Sun 25/12/2011 00:09
Subject : Re : Voluntary vocablearning exercise as a well-informed choice

Dear Stephen,

Thanks a lot for your reply.

Whatever I did when I was in the position of AP or what I am doing as a resigned AP who paid an opportunity cost of $15,000,000, the intention of my endeavor is to close the performance gap so that we can save those unlucky families from the suffering entailed from the gap. I also hope that our sense of comfort or achievement is based on real accomplishment rather than lies, ignorance or blind faith.

Moreover, I would also like to thank you for your blessing on my endeavor so that I can close the performance gap as soon as I could. If you have any further advice on my endeavor, I am always available to meet you in person to discuss what adjustment is desirable so that we can all act for the best interest of the wahyanites.

Yours truly,

Paul

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Sent : Thu 05/01/2012 11:57
Subject : Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Stephen,

I only want to save the Wahyanites. Is there any room for negotiation ?

Paul

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Sent : Sat 07/01/2012 03:29
Subject : Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Stephen,

I only want to save the Wahyanites. Is there any room for negotiation ?

Could you foresee how this power struggle will end ? Besides the $15,000,000 potential income, I have little else to give in.

Paul

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Sent : Sat 07/01/2012 22:44
Subject : FW: Any room for negotiation?

Dear Stephen,

I think as the chairman of the SMC , you are ready be the only one to be responsible for the fate of Wah Yan and the Wahyanites.

Paul

From: Tam Siu Ping George [mailto:sptam@wahyan.edu.hk]
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2012 5:05 PM
To: Paul Yip
Subject: Re: Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Paul,

There is no power struggling for me at all as the issue has  been handled directly by the SMC since your meeting with the managers in September. The administration is following the instructions from the SMC. Thank you!

God Bless
George

On Sat, Jan 7, 2012 at 3:27 AM, Paul Yip <paulyipkh@hotmail.com> wrote:

Dear Mr Tam,

I only want to save the Wahyanites. Is there any room for negotiation ?

Could you foresee how this power struggle will end ? Besides the $15,000,000 potential income, I have nothing else to give in.

Paul

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Sent : Sun 08/01/2012 07:45
Subject : Re: Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Paul,

Good morning. The decision made by the SMC is a collective decision after discussion. It is not one that Mr. Tam or I can just ignore or overrule by our own will. You were once a school manager and you should know the way of proceeding. 

Have a restful Sunday.

Peace,
Fr. Chow

Stephen Chow, S.J.
Snail Mail: Ricci Hall, 93 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. (Rom 12:21)

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Sent : Sun 08/01/2012 22:18
Subject : Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Stephen,

This is exactly what I know. My experience was that the human dynamic in SMC made any rational discussions impossible. The discussion is actually dominated by one or two very influential members. That is why in democratic country, parliament debate must be conducted publicly to avoid this kind of human dynamic.

I can recall that when I was in the position of the school manager, I raised query on the record on the minutes on what Mr. Tam said and refused to approve the minutes. My query was simply ignored and the meeting continued without approving the minutes of the previous meeting.

In another occasion, I queried the sustainability of the budget. I asked XX XX, an experienced banker, for his opinion. He was simply dumbfounded. Anyhow, the budget was passed without a voting disregarding my objection.

In the past, the two assistant principals, who were the ones knowing the daily operation of the school best (even better than the principal), were the official members of SMC. If they have the gut, they can bring the more realistic information to the SMC.

In the newly formed SMC, their roles were abandoned and SMC is operating in blindness. Could you ask yourself how much time you have spent each week to understand the actual daily operation of the school ? I spent at least 100 hours a week. Do you really understand the real situation ?

No matter what is going to happen in the future, as long as you are the chairman of the SMC, I hope you can fully aware of this human dynamic as everybody will tend to say something that you like to hear disregarding the validity. This is why I requested a public hearing to decide the fate of the Vocablearning project.

Recently, I have made a new website for what I am going to do in order to save the unlucky Wahyanites. I just want to confirm that there is really no room for negotiation before proceeding.

You may ignore all the articles on the site but I sincerely hope that you can read at least this one http://www.savingthewahyanites.net/?page_id=509 and also the attachment.

I have never deceived anybody on purpose. When you first became the supervisor of the school, you once gave me a false hope that I could pin my hope on you to save the Wahyanites.

Now, I get the answer to the question I asked you more than 10 years ago at WYK. “Why me ? Answer : Sorry! Because it is you.” My decision has already been made more than 10 years ago.

Attachment : 當總裁後再聽不到肺腑之言

Paul

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Sent : Mon 09/01/2012 03:00
Subject : Re: Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Stehpen,

Disregarding what the decision was, as a good leader, one must has certain ability to foresee the future.

Have you ever foreseen how this power struggle will end eventually ? Or it will not end and protract forever.

(As I have all kinds of hard evidence to support what I am postulating and Mr. Tam has none, I cannot find another more appropriate term other than “power struggle” to describe the situation. I am sorry for my incapacity).

Paul

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Sent : Tue 10/01/2012 01:06
Subject : Re: Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Stephen,

I suppose you have read the last email, the link and the attachment.

Try to put your feet into my shoes for just one time which you have never done to me. After reading the article I asked you to read, how do you feel ?

If you still don’t quite understanding what is going on, you better ask XX XXXX XXX in private why he refused to attend the SMC meeting when he was the Assistant Principal and the real reason of his resignation.

Whenever I have disagreement with you in any topics, you never even bother to try to find something to persuade me that you are right. I can only see absolute authority, denial and evasion. Considering the evaporation of over 10 million dollars in Jesuit Education Fund going hand-in-hand with 60% below par in university admission rate together with all other sufferings that the students endured in the last 15 years. Could you provide me a plausible explanation how the happening of all these are based on sound judgments of SMC ?

In my perception, you only keep throwing out slogans which have never been materialized – namely Accountability to stakeholders, Fifth disciplines, High university admission rate, Group Decision, System Thinking, Mission and Vision, Fighting spirit, Positive Thinking. Whenever one doesn’t work / even has never been fully implemented, you simply throw out another slogan without looking at the reason of why the last one fails or not completed. I am not the same as you. I don’t believe in lip service. I truly believe that the Vocablearning Project will work and I will push it forward to the utmost in order to save the Wahyanites.

From all these, I can hardly persuade myself that the decisions of SMC are even right in half of the time. Is the top priority of SMC absolute authority or the students ? If you believe that authority is always right, why did you show up in the demonstration at Central against the legislation of Article 23? What were you thinking at that moment ?

For me, I understand that freedom of speech and press are the only non-violent means to rein in the abuse of power by authority. That was why I was at Central. As a layman who judges right and wrong, just and unjust mainly by evidence, I can hardly see any difference between the current Jesuit Administration and an incompetent theocracy. If you know history, I think you can recognize how much suffering an incompetent monarchy can bring to its people ? An evil intention is simply not necessary.

If you are incompetent in saving our beloved Wahyanites, let me pay the price to do the job.

One more thing, I wonder you have any knowledge in the cause heart attack, cancer and severe chronic muscle pain. The causes of onset are not only genetic or pathological. They are also highly stress related. I have never heard of any school with 2 servicing teachers passed away in 3 years, 2 teachers suffering from cancer and 2 with chronic muscle pain so severe that they need to attend medical treatment regularly.

The mental health of many teachers have already been tortured to their limit. XXXX XX, one of the most amenable and responsible teachers I admired most 15 years ago became a flinching teacher I can hardly recognize in these few years. Please read his blog to understand his change more : http://laosao.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/怒不可遏/ & http://laosao.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/入鄉隨俗/ .

I also need to save my colleagues by giving them a school of more teachable students so that they can enjoy their teaching more.

Good luck,

Paul

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Sent : Tue 10/01/2012 12:27
Subject : Re: Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Stehpen,

Besides the 100 hours/week I spent in WY, I brought a scooter 10 years ago so that I can pay irregular family visits to different families to help them to solve some intricate problem about their son and pay more visits to HKU library to find what I need to solve the problem I encountered. Have you ever pay any family visit to any family in trouble to understand their real difficulty ?

Furthermore, your position simply disallows you to hear the truth. Even the position of assistant principal disallows me to hear the truth. In an XXX function held in the XXX school hall where you were one of the guests. I met the wife of Mr XXXXX XX (the former chairman of PTA) as her daughter is also studying in XXX. She asked me whether I have resigned from the position of AP. After getting my confirmation, she told me that she is going to send his son abroad and commented that WY was not running well. XXXXXX simply acknowledged the comment besides his wife with a sad face. I know her many years but she has never expressed any discontent about the school when I was a staff member of WY. You will never see XXXXXX expressing such a feeling or saying something similar in SMC, SMC is just a totally different game which makes almost everybody a white liar.

Unlucky, because of your current position, you may never near the truth from any current SMC members. But if you really want to find out their true opinions, I have some ex-SMC member recommended for you. They have no direct connection of interest with the school anymore, they may be more willing to tell you the truth – XXXXXX XX, XXXXX XXXX and XX XX but you must make appointment with them in private and in secret.

When I presented my statistical analysis to XX to seek for his comment, XX told me that he knew that our students were underperforming but didn’t realize that they were underperforming by that much. Perhaps, I know the situation even better than some colleagues who are handling the raw data first hand. Regarding your doubt on my conclusion of my statistical analysis, I have a book for you – How to Lie With Statistic (as attached). I think you need to read this before listening to any statistical reports from Mr. Tam in the future. On another hand, if all statistics are lies, I wonder on what basis your PhD degree was earned from Harvard.

When I told XXXX XXX that according to my mini-survey, there was only about 20% of the students knowing how to sing the school song from the beginning till the end. As the music panel chairman, he could hardly agree with my postulation. However, after he had done his own survey whose result agreed with my postulation, he promised me that he would include the school song in every music examination to make sure every wahyanite will be able to sing the school song solo. Even after my departure, I know that the exam paper of F1 of this Dec is still following this directive.

Perhaps, I am the one in Wah Yan who knows the overall picture best, better than everybody.

When I was distributing the leaflets to the students at the footbridge of WY in October, one parent of a Form 1 boy and one parent of a Form 2 boy whose sons both were using the Vocablearning program regularly approached me and asked me the same question : “Why didn’t the school put the interest of the students first and use your program to greatly enhance the learning efficiency and English standard of the students ?”.

My answer to them was : “Don’t be too naïve, monarchy never put the interest of its people first”. They both offered me that they are willing to take the lead to garner the support of the parents in order to channel the view of the parents to the school so that my project can be moved forward. I turned down their offer simply because I know that no matter what is going to happen, if I disappear the conflict will disappear soon. If any parents are involved, the power struggle may go on forever. Moreover, I also don’t want them to take the blame that may come afterwards. I am ready to take the blame because the campaign is a well-thought decision to me, I don’t know whether they have mulled the issue over thorough enough.

Some of my Wah Yan classmates also advised me to enlist the support of more people for my campaign but I simply don’t want anybody else get involved, though I know that this may not be a very wise political decision for my Project and myself.

Last time when you commented why I read so many books and what the benefit was, I suppose high reading ability is an asset rather than a liability as long as you can read fast, absorb the material well and evaluate the reading critically. If you ask the public, I think 99.99% of the educated population will agree with me. Your 0.01% mentality may be the core reason why I found so difficult to communicate with you. As an education institute, does the school advocate reading ? Or you are actually an advocate of obscurantism ?

No matter how dreadful you are about reading, as a Jesuit, there are 4 books that you must read 徐光啟與利瑪竇, 清代宮廷中的外國人, Thomas F.Ryan SJ From Cork to China and Windsor Castle 1889-1971 , Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China and Beyond.

They are history books about how the Ignatian Mission advanced and relapsed in China, though the real lesson that we have learnt from history is that human does not learn from history. So, history simply repeats itself. Anyhow, the essence is simple. Whenever the missionary action is in line with the Ricci principle, the Ignatian Mission advanced. Whenever the missionary action deviates from the Ricci principle, the Igantian Mission relapsed.

Then what is Ricci principle ?

Because Chinese is a very pragmatic race with a very old culture, it is very difficult to ask Chinese to believe in what has no apparent application and what is different to their original belief. You can only earn their trust by presenting them with something really work in daily life and don’t challenge their original belief before you can really earn their trust. Therefore, whatever message you are trying to convey, the message must be logical and workable at the very beginning and the pace must be very modest. A scientific approach is the best approach for the missionary.

If you have difficulties in reading so many pages, the followings are the pages I recommend.

徐光啟與利瑪竇 Pg 21-22, 35-36, 53, 59, 61, 63, 77, 79, 81, 83, 110

清代宮廷中的外國人Pg 7, 48, 60, 76, 126

Thomas F.Ryan SJ From Cork to China and Windsor Castle 1889-1971 (My comment : A great man in the history of the missionary in Hong Kong who attracted the attention of Thomas J. Morrissey, S.J. to come from Ireland to write a memoir for him 39 years after his death. When he was the supervisor of the missionary, he was ousted by his four consulters because he was considered too ambiguous, secular and empathetic to the poor. The prime site of WYK was obtained solely because of his contribution to the secular society and his good working relationship with the government.) Pg 9, 15, 22, 34, 64, 66, 69, 72, 77, 79, 81, 83, 86, 92, 94, 99, 101

Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China and Beyond, by Thomas J. Morrissey, S.J. Pg 90, 181, 350, 393, 481

Your limited knowledge base and narrow perspective disallow you to be a competent supervisor. Your incompetency will only make many people suffer and the Ignatian Mission stagnant. You must overcome your incompetency as soon as you can.

True Peace can only be found in Justice, not in lip service or muffling. Perhaps in God as well, if you can make everybody believe in your God. But such a fundamentalist approach will surely bring war before it can bring peace. If you have any doubt in the concept of Justice, I have two books for you, the first one is a masterpiece by John Rawls, A Theory of Justice, the most influential academic writing in 70s by Harvard University Press. Another is a popular reading, Justice, What’s the Right Thing To do by Michael J. Sandel, a Professor Government at Harvard University. If you can’t find the books in library, I can lend you my copy or I can scan them and sent them to you in pdf files.

The teaching of Catholicism appeals to me because it helps me to believe that we are all images of God and the relationship among all of us is actually brotherhood. This gives me a good reason to love everybody. No matter who has hurt me deliberately or unintentionally, I always consider him my brother and do not consider anybody my enemy. However, in Wah Yan, at the moment, I can only agree with XXXX’s observation : “We are all equal but some are more equal than the others.”

(If you have no memory about what I claimed to be spoken by you, it is okay. I give generous allowance to any person with a medical history of epilepsy. My youngest son was also suspected to have epilepsy when he was a toddler. I have spent considerable time trying to understand the disorder. It definitely has impact on memory.)

Good Luck,

Paul Yip
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Author Unknown, some said spoken by Emund Burke)

Attachment : 徐光啟與利瑪竇, 清代宮廷中的外國人, Thomas F.Ryan SJ From Cork to China and Windsor Castle 1889-1971, How to Lie With Statistics

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Sent : Wed 11/10/2012 20:29
Subject : Fw : Any room for negotiation ?

Dear Stephen,

The time is running out. I still want to work out a win-win arrangement for the wahyanites before the whole power struggle runs out of control of anybody.

Is there really no room for comprimise ?

Good luck,

Paul
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Author Unknown, some said spoken by Emund Burke)

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Sent : Thu 12/01/2012 16:30
Subject : Re: Any room for compromise?

Dear Paul,

I have suggested this song to you in the past. It is a great song that I often turn to when I feel frustrated. Let me share it with you here. I pray for peace in your heart.

Peace,
Stephen

常言道鬥爭緊握了拳頭
拳頭若放開可擁抱四週
靜默放心裡笑容隨左右
前途在你手你找到沒有
常言道強闖少不免逆流
人柔弱似水卻可以載舟
命運會刻意鍛練你身手
但勤勞是你的最佳老朋友
*得失只一念 風景不轉心境轉
煩惱來自偏執一切也依戀
風吹草動 命途亂了我不亂
交出了平常心再隨緣 *
Repeat *
la-la-la … la-la-la …
萬物有天意我們有雙手
來而復去的看一看便�
la-la-la … la-la-la …
自在放心裡往事留背後
無為是最高你聽過沒有
自在放心裡往事留背後
淨雲後曙光看一看便透

Stephen Chow, S.J.
Snail Mail: Ricci Hall, 93 Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good. (Rom 12:21)

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Sent : Thu 12/01/2012 19:01
Subject : 21-Day Hunger Strike

Dear Stephen,

Regarding the suffering of the students, parents and my poor colleagues, my determination to change Wah Yan is resolute but how to change Wah Yan is always discussable. If you consider what I have done in the last ten years after the meeting with you at WYK, I think you will not doubt my determination. Do you still remember “純如鴿子,機警如蛇” ? Stubbornness or evasion is not the answer.

From Jesuits in Hong Kong, South China and Beyond, by Thomas J. Morrissey, S.J. pg 481

The Visit of Fr. Pedro Arrupe (1971)

Jesuit morale was lifted considerably by the arrival on 18 April of the Jesuit General, Pedro Arrupe, accompanied by F. Herber Dargan. In his addresses and sermon he stressed the importance of prayer, and that Jesuits should have “a personal love for the personal Christ”, should enjoy an “internal freedom” and hence be open to the Spirit, and seek the magis, the greater glory of God in their service. They must be modern men, “always open, absolutely ready to change”. “This”, he acknowledged, “gives rise to questions and problems for many people and these have to be faced squarely”. In accordance with Vatican II and the 31st General Congregation, the Society had a desire to adapt itself to the modern world in order to bring the Christian message to it.

“We have something to sell, very important, and that is Christ, that is faith.
But we have to know the market … then try to adapt … and this means a
great change in many things, external structures, community life, in personal
attitudes to people, to works, the criteria of selecting ministries.”

This raises the problem, “how far can we adapt?” and this had led to “divided opinions in the Society”. “We should be ready”, Arrupe insisted, “to change all accidentals if it is necessary, but we cannot change one jot of essentials” because then “we would be no more the Society of Jesus.”

The General made a plea for sincerity, and openness in squarely presenting any question or problem, and not keeping such matters inside, unmanifested. He was very conscious that there was a body of Spanish Jesuits, self-styled jesuitas de la fidelidad, who believed he was misleading the Society and had sent criticisms of him to the Vatican Secretariat of State. Arrupe’s own sincerity, openness, and obvious goodness, and what his successor called his ‘radical optimism’, easily won over the vast majority of Jesuits, who regarded him with reverence and affection.

After reading the book “The power of now” you gave me at my resignation, I think the book is talking something similar to “空性emptiness” in Buddhism. If I was a monk with no family to take care of or a school supervisor with no students and staff to take care of, I could concentrate all my effort in my own well-being and self-transcend to “emptiness”. Unfortunately, I have already been brainwashed by the compassion advocated by Catholicism and I have difficulties in abandoning my little brothers all in a sudden.

Perhaps, after the 21 Day Hunger Strike if my heart is totally dead, I will try to forget all the catholic teaching I received and convert myself to a Buddhist. As a Buddhist, I can try to convince myself that there are no innocent people in the world. The suffering of the seems-to-be innocent is actually the result of the crimes they committed in their previous lives. When I got totally convinced, I think I would be able to transcend to the level that the song, a song based on Buddhist belief, described. But have you ever considered to release your fist first for the sake of the Wahyanites ?

At the moment, I will go on the 21-Day Hunger Strike as planned 6 months ago. To match the date of the Hunger Strike, the propaganda has to be started latest by next Monday.

As a 21-Day Hunger Strike is a novel thing in Hong Kong, I think all the local media and perhaps a no. of international media will come to cover the story. They will have 21 days to understand the story thoroughly.

I wonder when any School Managers or opponents of the Vocablearning Project is interviewed by the media, their answers to the scenario would be very different from what they have ever said. The human dynamic in a public hearing is just totally different from the human dynamic in a secretive Broad room in which more than 80% of the Broad members were appointed by the Chairman of the Board.

Try to consult somebody you trust but haven’t been consulted by you yet , I hope he will be able to give you a new perspective about the incidence.

Be peace with you as well,

Paul

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. (Author Unknown, some said spoken by Emund Burke)

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Sent : Sun 15/01/2012 02:50
Subject : Just a typical Moral Development Question

Dear Stephen,

If you were the production manager of the 三鹿集团股份有限公司 and very sure that they were selling tainted milk which is harmful to babies, would your choice be the same as mine ?

Paul

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Sent : Mon 16/01/2012 02:49
Subject : Costia Concordia ran aground

Dear Stephen,

Recently, the captain of the Concordia ran the cruise around and cost the lives of eight and a ship worth HK$4.4 billion. Do you think that he did so deliberately ? Just negligence and a position of power would be enough.

I understand that even a 21 day Hunger Strike may not be able to change the mind of the current administration. History tells me that a persistent political watch dog may be what Wah Yan needs to steer the course of the school back to the right track so that the Wahyanites of the future do not need to suffer from what the current students are suffering.

Paul
(I don’t have any evil intention. If you can point out any of my ignorance or negligence, please let me know.)

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Incidence : In the period from 16 Jan 2011 – 20 Jan 2011, I found a mediator to try to arrange a meeting / a telephone dialogue with the school supervisor as a last-ditch effort to avoid the escalation of power struggle. The school supervisor informed me through the mediator that he would not meet me in person / talk to me through the telephone.

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