By Fu Hua Chen
Seldom, if ever, will one see japanese and Western cultures woven into a thrilling cloth of engineering success as during this autobiography by way of Fu Hua Chen. a narrative of loyalty, devotion, ingenuity, and ambition, among East and West is a relocating chronicle of Chen's amazing existence event as an engineer, researcher, businessman, educator, and chief of individuals. Having labored seventy years within the box of civil engineering, he's identified this day either for his technical accomplishments and for his handling millions of employees and motivating them to complete the very unlikely at a private sacrifice hardly noticeable. After finishing a master's measure in civil engineering from the collage of Illinois, Chen back to his place of origin, China, through the brutal years of the Sino-Japanese struggle and international struggle II. The son of a progressive martyr, he obtained medals from the presidents of China and the us for assisting to avoid the japanese from conquering China in international struggle II, in the course of the interval while he controlled building of the Burma highway. His credit additionally comprise overseeing building of the Tibet street, reconnaissing the Ho Chi Minh path, and founding a winning geotechnical consulting company within the Rocky Mountain area, with seven places of work in 4 states. among East and West is a stimulating, inspiring, and pleasing booklet sparked via humour, historical past, and tradition alongside the road routes. it is going to entice a large readership, with specified curiosity to the engineering zone.
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Many were veterans of World War I. A large number were illiterate, so occupational doors were closed to them. Those who had sent money home to China or returned wealthy had not told us about the ones who failed to do well. The early laborers searched for gold but also did the jobs that were available as migrant workers and domestic servants. Often, they opened their own restaurants and laundries. In San Francisco and smaller cities and towns, they created Chinatowns. In the late 1860s, the Central Pacific Railroad hired thousands of Chinese workers to do the backbreaking work of building the railroad across the Sierra Nevada.
Indeed, few were successful. It is even more remarkable that Fu Hua Chen could engender the trust of the professional community when the cultural environment within the United States was adverse at times. He was honest, ethical, and talented in both technical and business aspects of his profession, and he maintained strict adherence to the highest standards of quality. We must give much credit to Edna Chen, Fu Hua's gracious and unselfish wife, for her role in his success. Without her unfailing support it would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible, for him to accomplish so much.
Educational systems is the high regard Chinese students have for teachers. The ancient traditions of Chinese teachings demand that the status of teachers is the same as that of parents. Historically, Confucius was revered as a great teacher, and the role of a teacher remains widely respected. The teacher's words are law. In the classroom, discipline is considered primary. No nonsense from the students is tolerated. Parents and teachers work hand in hand toward the same goal of bringing up a well-educated student.
Between East and West: Life on the Burma Road, the Tibetan Highway, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and in the United States by Fu Hua Chen