Home is Where the Heart Is

February 16, 2005

A picture can indeed speak a thousand words. But for Halftimer Kenneth Yeung, it was the words on a poster featuring the photo of a young Chinese girl that spoke to his very soul:

“Priority–A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Yeung, a native of the Shantou, Guangdong Province of China, understands more than most the meaning behind that message. Political oppression in China forced his mother to send him to live with relatives in Hong Kong when he was 11. There he struggled with language and cultural differences, as well as heart-wrenching homesickness. But sensing the hole in his heart and the voids in his life skills, caring neighbors reached out to boost him over the language hurdle and to bridge the gap of his parentless world.

“I learned early on in life that it is so important for someone to give you a helping hand if you don’t have help from a family member,” says Yeung.

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