Have you seen this video yet?
ya sure everyone has la who hasn’t ever watched a Jinnyboy video.
(actually me, this was the first video of his I ever properly watched :X)
It’s a collaboration between Jinnyboy and INTI International University & Colleges
But lately I’ve been thinking about Mount Holyoke a lot (because I was reading the monthly alumnae newsletter wtf) and it made me miss my school days and teachers so much.
No teachers at primary and high school made such an impact on me as…..
To give him some privacy, I’ll just call him Lipman. (cos that’s his name wtf)
He was my teacher advisor at Mount Holyoke and I was also in one of his classes my very first semester – History of Intellectuals in 20th century China.
Ya and he’s part of the reason why I declared Asian Studies as my major.
I trolled my archives looking for blog posts I wrote on Lipman, trying to find pictures of him but…. Not. A. single. One.
He breaks my heart really T__________T During graduation, I rushed after the ceremony to look for him to take a picture and to give him a thank you present… but he’d already left to attend a wedding </3 </3
And then! I was talking to a friend at Mount Holyoke who also knows Lipman recently. She told me that she told Lipman about our meme proposal and Lipman asked if Fatty was a good man *touched
Do you not see the love that is blooming between us! (on a purely teacher student basis of course)
So four years after graduation, I plucked up the courage to invite him to the wedding. He’s a professor of Asian Studies and I don’t think he’d ever been to Malaysia so I asked him and his wife to come!
But then he has another wedding to attend in Oregon </3</3 rejected for another wedding again </3</3
Shit him play with my heart like this wtf.
But it’s ok because two years ago I heard he spoke to another student at Mount Holyoke and he referred to me and my honors thesis and called me remarkable T________T
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: you don’t live until your favourite teacher calls you remarkable.
Anyway, that picture above was taken what looks like twenty years ago and when I was at Moho, he looked like Santa Claus wtf.
When I took that first class with him, I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Chinese intellectuals is honestly one of the driest classes ever… and he made that interesting.
He’s extremely extremely smart, I think he went to Harvard, then got his doctorate at Stanford. (actually I know for sure cos I stalked his profile.) His Mandarin is flawless, with a Beijing accent. I think he used to find it very interesting that I am ethnically and culturally Chinese yet don’t speak the language. And whenever he spoke on a subject I was spellbound wtf.
I revered him so much that I used to refer to him as my first love WTF *crazy
It wasn’t that he was smart. It was that he was a wonderful teacher. I loved his classes and soliloquys so much that I tried to make sure I scheduled a class with him every semester.
I rarely get close to my teachers because they’re just…teachers to me. But with Lipman, I felt that he thought I was better, smarter than what everyone else (including me) thought. Ok maybe with the exception of my parents haha.
He made me believe I could do whatever I wanted, go teach English in Japan, go to grad school, be a professor or researcher… anything.
At school everyone laughed cos I’d carry fluffy pink pens to class and hang bells off my cell phone wtf. And my own friends who aren’t from my school didn’t even believe I got all A’s in SPM fml. People who didn’t know me well liked me like how you’d like a kid wtf and treated me with affection. I never minded this honestly but Lipman treated me like a peer.
He forced me to think. He challenged me and asked me questions and made me consider possibilities I’d never did before. He told me I could write an honors thesis in my sophomore year and I pffft-ed him. I did end up writing an honors thesis in my senior year.
Lipman is a big part of what I miss about Mount Holyoke.
Lipman, if you’re reading this, Happy Teacher’s Day!!!
(actually no I hope you’re not reading this because I’ve already written numerous blog posts about you and I think I might be bordering on creepy now FML)
But Happy Teacher’s Day to you and to every other teacher who’s inspired students the way you have 🙂