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Comments for Don Tow's Website https://www.dontow.com Sat, 23 Oct 2021 00:30:45 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 Comment on Heroic and Critical Battles in Yunnan During WWII by Don https://www.dontow.com/2009/08/heroic-and-critical-battles-in-yunnan-during-wwii/#comment-1953994 Fri, 17 Sep 2021 16:49:07 +0000 http://dontow.com/wordpress/?p=8#comment-1953994 Ian Chin,

Thank you so much for your comments. I want to express my sincere appreciation for your grandfather’s contributions to the rebuilding of China during the difficult years of the first half of the 20th century, and for his ultimate sacrifice from Japan’s bombing in Yunnan.

Your grandfather Y.Y. Wong and my father King Tow might have known each other since they were both students at MIT and lived in the Boston/Cambridge area, although your grandfather was a few years earlier than my father. My father was in Civil Engineering and graduated from MIT in 1930. Their paths might also have crossed while they were working in China, since your grandfather was an architect and my father was a civil engineer.

Don Tow

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Comment on Heroic and Critical Battles in Yunnan During WWII by Ian Chin https://www.dontow.com/2009/08/heroic-and-critical-battles-in-yunnan-during-wwii/#comment-1953910 Fri, 17 Sep 2021 14:41:46 +0000 http://dontow.com/wordpress/?p=8#comment-1953910 Thanks so much for this!

My grandfather Y.Y. Wong was injured during the May 4th bombing of Baoshan and killed while hospitalized during a subsequent bombing raid.

He was an MIT-educated architect from Guangzhou and Hong Kong who was in Yunnan at the time helping the Chinese government to construct airstrips and other military installations.

http://chinacomestomit.org/yy-wong

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Comment on From the Eyes of Grandma by Qingyan Zhao https://www.dontow.com/2012/12/from-the-eyes-of-grandma/#comment-1936228 Sat, 28 Aug 2021 21:03:18 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=2785#comment-1936228 Great writing! What a difference the life of our times contrasts the life of those days! Indeed, the connection and memories with our grandparents and even aunties and uncles are very precious!

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Comment on The Saga of First Journey to U.S. by Qingyan Zhao https://www.dontow.com/2013/03/the-saga-of-first-journey-to-u-s/#comment-1936227 Sat, 28 Aug 2021 20:59:46 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=2827#comment-1936227 Thanks for this short documentary. Even though I knew the discrimination against Chinese immigrants in American history, it is still eye-opening for me to see your family experiences in such great details, it is almost dramatic. And I have to say you are a very talented writer — very simple, plain in language, but very focused, and full of emotion and imagination!! I enjoyed it!

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Comment on The Shaping of the Life of a Young Student at the University of California at Berkeley by Qingyan Zhao https://www.dontow.com/2011/08/the-shaping-of-the-life-of-a-young-student-at-the-university-of-california-at-berkeley/#comment-1934658 Fri, 27 Aug 2021 20:48:21 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=2080#comment-1934658 Very touching story. Indeed, the years in college and right after are the most productive and fun years in one’s life. I hope today’s young generations can be aspired by this story when planning out their career path. I am sharing it with my kids.

Also, I love the ways you write. You provide a reference for everything you say so that readers know where they come from.

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Comment on Xinjiang: Horror Story or Historic Transformation? by Don https://www.dontow.com/2021/06/xinjiang-horror-story-or-historic-transformation/#comment-1870002 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:43:26 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=7029#comment-1870002 In reply to George Koo.

George,

Yes, the cotton industry in Xinjiang has become highly mechanized, and it has been going on for many years. This means that it is even more remarkable that the Chinese government has been able to keep all these people employed with other jobs and continue to improve their standard of living.

Thanks.

Don

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Comment on Xinjiang: Horror Story or Historic Transformation? by Don https://www.dontow.com/2021/06/xinjiang-horror-story-or-historic-transformation/#comment-1869996 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:33:24 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=7029#comment-1869996 In reply to Christina leung.

Christina,

Thank you very much for your personal observations from many visits to Xinjiang. It is really a sad reflection of our times when so much fabricated and false news are created and repeatedly spread so that that becomes the impression of ordinary people because that is what they hear and read everyday.

Don

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Comment on Xinjiang: Horror Story or Historic Transformation? by Christina leung https://www.dontow.com/2021/06/xinjiang-horror-story-or-historic-transformation/#comment-1869883 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:50:35 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=7029#comment-1869883 My several visits to Xinjiang over a span of about 40 years as an independent outsider tourist without joining any tour group indicate the current accusations appear to be groundless.

I have witnessed tremendous improvement there and people are happy. I freely mixed with different ethnicities and visited mosques. Several years ago in a train there I came across a group of well-contented “Han” people from coastal areas returning home after working on cotton fields. They said they came there seasonally due to attractive wages. In addition, soon after Xianjiang Uigher terrorist attacks not many years ago, I entered it again after my tour to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. I saw security tightened even when I entered a public garden. I saw groups of police/soldiers back to back defending each other when scrutinizing attacks from terrorists. With their helmets on under strong summer sunshine, I could not imagine how they could overcome such unbearable heat. To show my appreciation of their admirable effort in protecting public safety, I went to a police office. I said that I am a Chinese American asking for its help to buy watermelons for police/soldiers as my humble token of gratitude. However, it told me to go to a different office, & then to another one. Finally I was not able to do what I wanted due to a shortage of time. Thus my question is will other countries tolerate any terrorist attacks to harm ordinary citizens and should these countries take appropriate measures to safeguard common people from such harm?

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Comment on Xinjiang: Horror Story or Historic Transformation? by Don https://www.dontow.com/2021/06/xinjiang-horror-story-or-historic-transformation/#comment-1869881 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:47:56 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=7029#comment-1869881 In reply to Charles Wang.

Charles, excellent suggestion about putting those section titles in quotes with a question mark. This has been done. Regarding adding the comment about innocence until proven guilty, I decided not to add that, because the evidence presented is so inadequate and often wrong, I don’t even want to suggest that the accusations may be true.

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Comment on Xinjiang: Horror Story or Historic Transformation? by George Koo https://www.dontow.com/2021/06/xinjiang-horror-story-or-historic-transformation/#comment-1869362 Thu, 10 Jun 2021 02:54:51 +0000 http://www.dontow.com/?p=7029#comment-1869362 At last count, about 70% of Xinjiang’s cotton is mechanically harvested and the harvesters are dominated by John Deere. The trend to mechanize will only increase because it is more efficient and less costly than picking by manual labor. The rumor mongering on Xinjiang cotton is all around a losing proposition and could mean less sales for Deere as well.

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