Thousands Mourn Death of Chinese High School Principal


From NetEase:

School Principal Raised Funds to Help Over 10,000 Students, Funeral Wreaths Sold Out Throughout the Entire County After His Death

March 15, early morning, Guangxi province Du’an Yao autonomous county seat.

Thousands appeared, wiping away tears, to say farewell to the deceased Du’an Yao autonomous county high school principal Mo Zhengao.

Over his 30 year career in education, Mo Zhengo collected donations and contributions from wherever he could, to help over ten thousand impoverished students from mountain regions continue their studies, hailed by these impoverished children as “Principal Dad”.

On March 9th, 59-year-old Mo Zhengao passed away from illness. All the funeral wreaths in the entire county were bought out, with alumni rushing back from Beijing, Shanghai, and such places, and top schools such as Tsinghua University’s Recruitment Office sending their condolences.

Why did the passing of an ordinary school principal cause such a big commotion? Teachers say Mo Zhengao’s life was a life of helping children study, allowing them to escape the impoverished mountainous areas of Yao.


School principal’s passing

Funeral wreaths throughout the county sold out

Tsinghua University Recruitment Office sends condolences

Guangxi province Du’an Yao autonomous county is a major target of the country’s poverty alleviation and economic development work. Here, “the natural environment is very poor, it is impoverished in the mountains, and the children study extremely hard. Despite it just being county high school, Du’an High School is quite well-known throughout all of Guangxi: for 20 years back-to-back, there have been students who have tested into top schools like Tsinghua University and Peking University, with nearly 1/3 of the students achieving scores qualifying them for first-tier/rate undergraduate universities.

Mo Zhengao worked at Du’an High School for 37 years, and on March 9th, he suddenly passed away from illness. This sad news quickly spread through the county, with grief permeating the public.


According to the school’s entrance guard Wei Rong, a former student hurried back and upon reaching the school’s entrance, began crying loudly.

19-year-old Wei Yuhua is a second-year high school student. She said in tears that when she learned of the principal’s death while in class, the teacher and students together began crying, knowing that the person who was the first at school every day and on windy and rainy days use the school’s public announcement broadcast system to remind students to dress warmly would forever be gone. On the evening of March 9th, students organized all 4600 students of the school in turning off the lights to observe a three minute moment of silence for Mo Zhengao.

People who knew and didn’t know Mo Zhengao all came to offer their condolences. The owner of a flower wreath shop in the county said he doesn’t know Mo Zhengao but people ordering flower wreaths packed the little shop, with many people even being forced to go to nearby Mashan county, Hechi city, and Nanning city to buy flower wreaths.


The number of people who rushed back to Du’an from places such as Beijing, Shanghai, as well as various places in Guangxi were not just a few. Among the 129 students that graduated from Du’an High School in 1991, over 70 students rushed back from various places, with some men breaking down in tears. Tsinghua University’s Recruitment Office, East China Normal University’s Higher Education Research Institute and many other universities and higher education organizations went out of their way to send their condolences. Several alumni who graduated from Du’an High School and are now abroad were likewise filled with emotion, with multiple professors from Harvard University and Ohio State University in the United States sending letters of condolences.

Within two days of Mo Zhengao’s passing, the number of views for the “Du’an High School Mo Zhengao” topic/hashtag on Sina Weibo reached 260k, with this news also dominating many people’s WeChat friends circles.


“Principal Dad”:

So the sons and daughters of Yao Mountain can escape the mountain [poverty]

Du’an High School Financial Aid Office director Wei Xifeng says 40% of Du’an High School’s students to this day remain impoverished students [“underprivileged” students] and that many years ago, there were even more. “Even if the school already waives tuition, textbook expenses, dormitory expenses, as well as monthly living expenses still add up to approximately 4000 yuan every year, and many impoverished families are unable to bear such a heavy financial burden,” said Wei Xifeng.

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Children dropping out of school due to poverty endlessly pained Mo Zhengao. “Every time a student drops out of school to return home, the principal would personally or have the head teacher go to the student’s home, and bring them back,” Wei Xifeng says. One thing the principal often said was, “No matter what, first come back to school, and I’ll figure out a way.”

60-year-old Lan Yufeng wipes away tears in the funeral hall. In 1998, his son Lan Cheng tested into Du’an High School, but because their family only has three mu of land to generate income, Lan Cheng was on the brink of dropping out for a time. Just as Lan Yufeng was at his wits end unable to find a solution, it was Mo Zhengao who brought Lan Cheng back to the classroom, and from that point on his family never had to pay a single cent ever again. Lan Yufeng says his son has already graduated with a Ph.D, left the mountain, and is now in Beijing. According to Yao Mountain custom, elders cannot attend the funeral of those younger than them, but he doesn’t care, as he wants to come send off the principal.


So children could return to campus, Mo Zhengao appealed for help from charities, companies, and compassionate individuals in society. At all sorts of occasions, Mo Zhengao would say: “My student has tested into university, but doesn’t have the money to go, so can you help?” As a result, he has been called the “Begging Principal”, while the children call him “Principal Dad”. One story that many people have brought up: Mo Zhengao went to the city for a meeting, and when a former student wanted to treat him to a meal, he was refused, but when the student repeatedly insisted, Mo Zhengao suggested that the cost of the meal be used to help impoverished students instead.

According to statistics, in 2014, approximately 200 students at this school receive 200 to over 400 yuan in financial assistance every month. Over the past few years, Mo Zhengao successively raised over 30 million yuan in donations, subsidizing over 18k impoverished students in fulfilling their dreams of going to college.


Mo Zhengao “had to oversee” every aspect of the school: when the sun rose in winter, Mo Zhengao would repeatedly urge everyone to air out the dormitory’s blankets in the sun; when students encountered rain while exercising, Mo Zhengao’s voice would sound through the public announcement broadcast system: “Sweetened ginger soup has been prepared in the cafeteria. Students who have been in the rain, please go drink it.”

On the eve of Lantern Festival, while lying on his sick bed, Mo Zhengao went out of his way to call the school, requesting that the cafeteria cook glutinous rice balls [which is eaten for Lantern Festival] and provide them for free to all the third-year [senior] high school students. “The principal said this was very important, that every student had to get at least 10 glutinous rice balls each,” said Wei Xifeng. Five days later, Mo Zhengao forever departed the students he so cared for.


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塞可邦勒 [网易北京市网友]:

I genuinely hope there can be more reports of principals like this, ideally while they are still alive.
When it comes to school principals who visit brothels and prey on young girls and the such, the media is all over it, but down-to-earth school principals like this who dedicate their lives to their students are instead ignored, and if it weren’t for his death moving an entire city, we would never know of his character and contributions… For those good people in all walks of life who devote themselves selflessly, this is too unfair.

回笼一觉百美生 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

You can move/touch an entire city, but you can’t move/touch CCTV.

网易广东省深圳市网友 [诱惑镗部根鸡]:

Provided financial assistance to several tens of thousands, but only several thousand people with no relation to him at all came. What a joke/embarrassment!

塞可邦勒 [网易北京市网友]: (responding to above)

Get lost!

统一100 [脑洞全开]: (also responding to 诱惑镗部根鸡)

Troll, do you know how many among these thousands were students, and how many were the parents of students? Your mother giving birth to you is a joke/embarrassment!

送杯三鹿给党喝 [网易广东省广州市手机网友]:

I’m a local, and we all love this school principal, calling him “Old Mo”! Rest in peace, Old Mo!

网易四川省乐山市网友 ip:218.6.*.*

Now this is an educator!

统一100 [脑洞全开]:

There are also good school principals.

局域网手机客户端 [网易北京市网友]:

Reading this report, I truly was saddened. Good people die young, while bad people plague for years. May this school principal rest in peace.

丐帮副帮主马大元 [脑洞全开]:

School principal, rest in peace.

牛求异 [网易浙江省温州市网友]:

A good person dies and funeral wreaths are sold out, this is the people’s popular sentiment! When will firecrackers be sold out?

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  • Terrik

    Would that I one day be able to make such an impact. Rest in Peace.

  • SorayaVonDerAlm

    RIP. This story really brought tears to my eyes.

    • Mighty曹

      It really is touching.

    • Anthony

      I as a human being can’t even fathom how he did what he did, all that pain and financial hardships from those students, if I were the principal, it would just depress me and overwhelm my own psyche and I might quit too soon. But he gives me hope, that maybe someday soon I can help my own brethren and overcome these relatively insignificant mental demons.

    • tomoe723

      Wow, amazing story. To be revered like that, people like him are so rare nowadays. To uphold such selflessness and ideals of a true educator over the years is really hard and requires a lot of struggle against so many temptations. Teachers have a hard life surviving on a measly salary, and I’ve known quite a few who have engaged in “shady” practices just to make ends meet. Nothing truly nefarious or terrible, but still, it’s a “faith-breaker” in the innocent eyes of children. RIP. He was a hero to many children.

  • KamikaziPilot

    Need more people like this in China and the world. I always respect those that help the less fortunate.

  • Jahar

    Am I the only one that thinks this is ridiculous?

    • Edward Kay

      Yes you are.

      • Jahar

        Mind officially boggled.

    • Bing

      yes you are.

    • bujiebuke

      Nope, obviously a CCP trap – everyone who’s there to pay respect gets 5 mao or whatever. Adjust your tinfoil hat, I’m sure you’ll pick up more clues.

      • Bing

        new troll learned.

        • bujiebuke

          no no, trolling’s not allowed here… >.<

    • Balkan


  • NeverMind

    Yo CS! has the ‘Duangjai Phichitamphon seriously PISSED at Mainland China’s tourists at Korean Airport’ video reached the mainland yet?

    I’m waiting with popcorn in hand…

    • Bing

      no the title is not catching eyes enough.
      Plus it’s Thai……….man i can imagine those racist words coming looooooool

    • Kai

      Joe showed it to me early yesterday and we got an email tip from a reader as well. When I checked last night, I didn’t see it trending on mainland Chinese sites. We’ll keep an eye open and if anyone notices it doing so, please send us a tip as well.

      The comments under the YouTube video (with Chinese subs) were incredibly disappointing and demoralizing though. That’s expected of a huge site like YouTube but still…

      • Kai

        Just came across something about this on Weibo:

        Currently #14 of the day, only 6.7k reshares and 1.8k comments, which is relatively insignificant on Weibo.

        Current top 5 most upvoted comments:


        If I were a foreigner, I’d also dislike China.


        Is this shameful? There’s nothing really shameful about it. From the moment of birth, our countrymen have had to fight [scramble, contest, compete], in order to get milk powder [infant formula], and only by fighting can we get into good kindergartens, all the way up to university, from work to getting medical treatment, and even to the crematorium. In China, where can you avoid having to fight [for scarce resources]? Where can you avoid having to have special privileges [power] in order to get preferential treatment? In this world where living is the first rule of survival [looking out for oneself?], order is nothing but a fart [meaningless].


        I think it would be good for CCTV to broadcast these videos. Actually, most of them are those of relatively old age. The generation above the rich, the elderly who had a son who has made it rich or a daughter who has married into a wealthy family. When they were young, they didn’t have access to education, or the means to get one, and some even were part of the Cultural Revolution era. So once they get old, they naturally would behave in embarassing ways, but they don’t feel embarrassed. Instead, they think they’re old now, these things are no big deal, and are natural/should be taken for granted.


        The many people I see cutting in line or scrambling for spots when I go abroad turn out to mostly be Taiwanese or Korean, but the locals can’t distinguish and simply see them as Chinese. Especially when Taiwanese people do bad things and are called out for it, they all say they are Chinese, when normally they say they are Taiwanese…


        Our countrymen go out and make a scene, are filmed and despised. Even though I’m embarassed, what she said is indeed true.

        Just for context (and perhaps amusement), this nonsense is a more popular microblog post at the moment. Never underestimate public whimsy.

        • bujiebuke

          I was cracking up while watching her go on a rant. Near the 3/4 mark, she suddenly starts moving like she’s standing on a cart and someone’s pushing her along a the while she’s got her angry frown.

        • gregblandino

          Also theres a decent number of comments reflecting on how this type of behavior leads to the type of situations in Hong Kong. I think that one guy was asking if mainlanders ever “introspected” about why HKers dislike them. Also, 强国人, that seems new to me.

        • NeverMind

          Thanks for those translations. I’m hoping that the ‘naming and shaming’ would perhaps lead to some soul-searching among the Chinese tourists. It was unbearable to read the borderline racist comments on a related Reddit post yesterday, with most people sharing their personal anecdotes and commenting on how the Chinese tourists were the lowest of all.

          I shared the same video with my wife and asked her to share it with her parents as well to see what they think. Fortunately, she is not the overtly nationalistic types and told me that she deeply despises Chinese queue jumpers too. I’m still waiting for the in-laws’ reaction. I hope its not ‘he is barred from entering our house’ haha.

          • Kai

            I think naming and shaming works, especially if it is done in a measured way. Unfortunately, too often the people doing the naming and shaming go too far and end up opening themselves up to valid countercriticisms that distract from the original goal of shaming undesirable behavior. I feel this is a case of that, and that was disappointing to me.

            With the caveat that I don’t speak Thai and I’m thus presuming the English and Chinese subtitles to be reasonably accurate to what she said, I feel she crossed over into indulging in petty generalizations, insults, and prejudices. I get that emotions are running high but that’s why we admire people who can stay calm and level-headed. She didn’t. She vented and ranted, saying needlessly inflammatory and arguably irrelevant things that risk losing her the moral high ground she needed if she wants to maximize the effectiveness of the shaming.

            Simply put, other people’s bad behavior does not give us a black check to indulge in bad behavior ourselves, and I think she crossed that line. If you want the target of a criticism to own and face the criticism against them, you avoid giving them excuses to respond with valid counteraccusations, shifting attention away.

            She can’t be faulted for being human and ranting. I think we can all empathize with being so irked and annoyed, even frustrated and outraged. But we have to acknowledge there are more effective and less effective ways to approach anything. Her goal, right from the start, seemed to be more about justifying and reiterating her prejudices against Chinese people than actually trying to influence productive change. No, she doesn’t have to be a saint like that, but it’d still be nice, because I don’t think the world needs more animosity and resentment. We are, ultimately, responsible for each other.

            What was further disappointing to me were the comments on YouTube, of how quickly people threw each other under the bus, how quickly they rushed to distance and disassociate, often by being even more vitriolic and bigoted. Again, that’s not unexpected when it comes to YouTube, but it was still really depressing to see. Every instance of that threatened to shift attention away from discouraging the undesirable behavior of these mainlanders to reinforcing generalized hostility between nationalities or, in too many cases, between mainlanders and non-mainland ethnic Chinese. Every instance threatened to shift the discussion from “this behavior is undesirable” to “who is superior/inferior”.

            Chinese netizens are numerous and diverse enough that there is going to be more than enough introspection, embarassment, and self-criticism. But there will also be indignation, defensiveness, and countercriticisms, precisely because people made it possible with their own less-than-enlightened and less-than-civil reactions or bandwagon jumping. Again, it’s all so human, but still all so frustrating to me.

            I don’t think your in-laws would bar you from entering their house, unless you nakedly used the video as some springboard to impress some sort of unfairly generalized criticism about their identity as mainland or ethnic Chinese. If you do, that’ll increase the odds of them becoming defensive, disassociating themselves, and/or feeling betrayed by you (as a member of their family). So I hope that’s not the case but it’s something I bring up because I’ve seen such cross-cultural dynamics before. Hopefully your wife’s values on queuing stem from your in-laws also having such values, and the sharing of this video ends up being just a reminder that mainland Chinese society has a ways to go in socializing out this sort of behavior, requiring everyone to do their bit. You just need to avoid them thinking you are sharing this video to indirectly criticize them, their identity, or prove a point to them. If that’s not a risk, then you guys have a good mutual understanding, and that’s a credit to you guys.

            Joe just messaged me saying he’s getting spammed with the video on Weixin, so we’ll see if this story gets bigger for us to do a formal post on it with more translated Chinese netizen comments. Till then, enjoy Steve’s latest translation about teaching bad parking a lesson!

          • NeverMind

            Though the lady went overboard, I think that their resentment against the mainland tourists has been brewing for a while. I have recently read news articles where they mentioned that the Thais were even planning to build separate public washrooms for the mainland tourists. Then there was the much publicized airplane incident. Not sure how many of the articles vilifying the Chinese tourists are justified, or the media is just China bashing, but this might have been the proverbial last straw that made her go over the edge. Besides, she being a celebrity might already have a big sense of entitlement or might just be ‘attention whoring’.

            I remember reading how the Thai prime minister thanked Xu Zheng (director of Lost in Thailand) for getting the mainland tourists to visit Thailand in large numbers after his movie hit the roof. It is ironic that the Thai’s are planning to do a about turn now.

            Anyways, all cool on my home front so far :)

          • Kai

            Yeah, resentment over the behaviors of some to even many mainland tourists has been brewing not just in Thailand but around the world. There’s always going to be friction when people from different backgrounds and norms come together.

            Yeah, heard about the separate restrooms thing too. Segregation FTW! It’s at best a stop-gap measure, but one that probably wouldn’t fly in countries who would find such segregation politically incorrect. I don’t think it’s a good solution either. It merely spares some from the behavior of others, when the friction between them over the behavior is what would ultimately spur change. As much as I hate people clashing and hating on each other (since I think negative feedback can be given without becoming shrill and going too far), it’s part of the learning process. The “inferior” need exposure to the “superior” in order to aspire to “improve”. Engagement is a catalyzt, while segregation just ghetto-izes.

            Yeah, there are any number of very humanly understandable reasons for her ranting and how she ranted, including lol the stereotypical predispositions of “celebrities”. I’m not oblivious to those; I just still admire those who can handle things gracefully and intelligently.

            Rock on on your home front. I’m very pro-cross-cultural relationships and engagement. There’s so much to this world and we only have so little time to appreciate it all. *sighs wisfully* LoL

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  • bujiebuke

    It’s rare to see the act of one person, who’s lifetime of good deeds being recognized. Hopefully a few more will follow in his footsteps and vindicate his hard work. Perhaps there’s hope after all…

  • KSC

    Where is Fred? I am sure he has some messages to damper all this goodwill.

    • JayJay

      He’s busy trolling on Shanghaiist which btw has more news more quickly than CS at the moment.

      • Kai

        It has long had more content more quickly than cS. They don’t have an editorial mission and policy focused on time-consuming translation. It’s much easier and faster to read a Chinese article and then report it in your own words in English, while we’re still mucking about trying to transparently and accurately translate an article or online post line-by-line wondering if we’ve captured the tone of this or that Chinese netizen’s comment.

        cS can never compete with Shanghaiist because we have different formats.

        Shanghaiist has done a really good job in quickly reporting a lot of notable stories from the Chinese internet. We wish we could be as prolific in content-production, but we like to think we still corner our specific niche and have our specific appeal.

        • bujiebuke

          There’s no moderation to speak of in the Shanghaiist. The comment section is riddled with casual racists who get a kick at using their stories as fuel to flame their bias on anything to do with China/Chinese.

          • JayJay

            case in point, Fred…

          • Kai

            Well, that’s their choice. We’ve struggled with this as well, and have more or less resolved to view the evolution of our moderation as “growing up”.

            I wouldn’t be surprised if Shanghaiist management just didn’t bother reading the comments at all. Some people create/produce and others engage/exchange. Different people have different proclivities and find different value in such activities.

          • bujiebuke

            I think having an active moderation is the right direction if your going to have a news website with a comment section and also want to be taken seriously by a broader audience.

          • Zhegezhege

            Not classy of you to say Shanghaiist doesn’t bother reading their comments, really. Maybe it’s things like your unconcealed sense of superiority that are driving Shanghaiist’s numbers up at your expense?

          • Kai

            You’ve misunderstood me. If you’ve read my other comments in this thread, it should be apparent that I have a lot of respect for Shanghaiist and their obvious superiority to cS in many ways.

            When I say their management may not even bother reading the comments, it wasn’t in the spirit of denigrating or faulting them, but rather in the spirit of empathy. We manage a site with a lively comments section and we understand how tedious and often simply demoralizing it can be. I would not begrudge other site managers giving up on trying to manage their comments sections or ignoring it. I can imagine them not considering it worth their time or energy. People have different proclivities, considerations of cost-benefit, and make different choices.

            We’ve made one choice and they’ve made another. These choices impact different stakeholders in different ways, and all I’m saying is I can imagine their reasons and don’t find them unrelatable.

            It should also be apparent in immediate context that I’m also entertaining the possibility that they’re more interested in spending their time publishing content than being engaged in the comments section because of personal preference or, again, consideration of cost-benefit. There’s nothing inherently wrong with someone who doesn’t care to be a commenter or care about the comments section, and that may explain a differing level of engagement. Do you follow?

            Finally, I want to make it clear that cS and Shanghaiist certainly has overlap in target audience, which does mean their numbers going up could mean our numbers going down, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that at all. There’s no reason why it has to be a zero-sum game. There’s no reason why our target audience can’t read us both so that their growing numbers doesn’t necesarily come at an “expense” to us. Does it look like we’re trying to encroach on each other’s target market? Does it look like we’re offering competing products? Are we trying to produce 10-20 articles a day to be a news site? Are they trying to provide value through translation and surfacing of Chinese netizen commentary?

            As far as I know, I don’t think anyone at Shanghaiist talks shit about us, and I know we don’t talk shit about Shanghaiist. They have their niche and we have ours. We can coexist just fine. We’re happy that their different editorial strategy yields higher numbers for them if that’s what they’re after. We’re content to have lower numbers if we feel our editorial strategy gives us other benefits that we consider more important than sheer numbers. We have a different calculation of cost-benefit.

            Please don’t try to stir up conflict between Shanghaiist and us that doesn’t exist.

        • JayJay

          I couldn’t agree more. You see more dedicated readers here in CS than Shanghaiist with more meaningful discussions.

          • Mighty曹

            True. I hung out there for just a short stint and got bored.

          • Mihel

            Discussion at Shanghaiist = FF posting shitty pictures with captions “To be Chinese is to be stupid/ugly/poor/horrible/dirty/ignorant”. Then his clones come in and they have a debate about which one is the real FF and which one is shanzhai.

          • Mighty曹

            Hahahaha…. I totally forgot about the clone. Now I suspect he was playing both parts.

          • Kai

            I think we always had a more personal investment in what we were doing, as an extension of wanting to not only share about modern China, but also to genuinely learn about, grapple with, appreciate, make our peace with, and ultimately engage with modern China (and its people). They’re a more prolific source of information, but maybe we can be a better source of engagement (aspirational or real)? Breadth versus depth?

            I suppose reading Shanghaiist is like reading the newspaper/tabloid, whereas maybe cS is more like eavesdropping on a group of locals chatting/gossiping about this or that.

            I recommend both, because there’s value in both.

        • Irvin

          Quality over quantity bro, Cs does a great job over these years, too bad we don’t see fauna in these here parts no mo.

          • Kai

            One part tired of the nastiness that the comments section was like back then and one part having me to offload daily community management to.

            We have since then tried to figure out how to gradually improve the comments section to be more conducive to people with shared interests engaging each other in constructive exchange of ideas rather than people shitting on others for fun or out of pettiness. Not sure if we can lure her back to commenting more, but do know that she does regularly read the comments.

          • Irvin

            Nah, I enjoy the bickery sometimes, some would argue it’s the best part of the comment section.

            I still remember the article about chavez’s death and someone said “Good, one less SB”
            “that will happen if you jump off a tall building”
            “of if your mother aborted you”

            Comedy gold right there!

          • Kai

            I chuckle at a good retort or takedown as much as anyone else, but there’s reasonable banter between people familiar with each other in a community with the community understanding their banter in context, and then there’s a sort of wanton gladitorial incivility that creates a hostile toxic environment for both existing members of the community and prospective members of the community.

    • ClausRasmussen

      He never got much traction here on CS so he went back to Shanghaiist where he came from

    • JayJay
  • NeverMind

    Are you a Chinese official? You definitely type like one.

  • mr.wiener

    A good man has left us… thanks for letting us have a lend of him for a while.

  • JayJay

    Good man, but also the sad fact that Chinese government has totally failed these students who want an education.

  • Jahar

    My thoughts on this being ridiculous has nothing to do with it being Chinese people. It has to do with it being some dude who died.

    • Bing

      so hope noone showed up at your funeral—–who cares XD

      • Jahar

        I don’t plan on having one. If the past is any indication, I’m not going to die.

  • Vance

    It is always good to read such a story as this. Sounds like a genuine caring person.

  • AbC

    Good on CS for translating a positive story on Chinese character once in awhile. RIP old Mo.

    • Kai

      Good on Chinese netizens having made it one of the most-commented articles on NetEase for the day.

  • Mighty曹

    Truly a great man. Let’s hope the thousands of lives he’s touched will go on to lead exemplary lives as he and not fall into the world of greed and corruption.

    Rest in heaven, Old Mo.

  • Mihel

    Only 59 years old… too soon. As the saying goes, the best ones die young.

    • Mighty曹

      This reminds me of an old HK comedy movie. Where an old monk was telling the main character of the movie, “The good hearted people die young as a reward to escape the suffering of this world”. Our hero ponders for a while then asks the monk, “Then how come you’re not yet dead?”.

    • monster

      maybe his last life was evill.
      my father’s brothers all died over father is 81, still very smart and healthy.

  • Kai

    Thanks for reading and being part of our community. Cheers.

  • kaokao

    It was an honor to teach English in his school. There is no greater love than the love he showed his students. i am forever changed by his generosity and kindness.

  • tinwatchman

    Sounds like a good man. May his walk be short and his peace everlasting.

  • AiAi

    Now,that is a REAL EDUCATOR!!Rest in peace! Que paz descanse Senor Mo!