Introduction by Claire Yu and Eileen Luo, edited by Lillian Zhou
Despite the sweltering heat on Friday, July 19th, 2019, over 150 people gathered in the Walter Johnson High School cafeteria to attend the College Application Seminar. The speaker was Hu XianXiang, also known as Wuchuanren, a man who is well known for his accomplishments in the field of children’s education. The event was organized and brought to Montgomery County by Chinese American Parent Association of Montgomery County (CAPA-MC). From 7pm to 9pm, the audience was attentive, listening to Wuchuanren as he shared advice on how to best position yourself in the college application process and what one should expect from different colleges.
Wuchuanren’s second seminar took place from 4 to 6pm the following day (Saturday, July 20th, 2019) at Winston Churchill High School. As someone who had lost a family member to cancer, and who had undergone various complicated procedures regarding the treatment of this cancer, Wuchuanren empathized with those who had close connections to fatal illnesses. In hopes of preparing his audience with the legal knowledge required and supporting the audience emotionally for similar scenarios, Wuchuanren gave in-depth advice at this seminar regarding health concerns for middle-aged people. Speaker Background By Amy He, edited by Lillian Zhou Hu XianXiang started his blog on wenxuecity.com in 2010 under the name “Wuchuanren”, which focused on discussing parental strategies to raise successful children. He published a book in 2013 which guided Chinese parents and their children through the college application process and provided tips to families who aim for their children to attend a top college. In 2015, Wuchuanren began to post his articles on WeChat and created WeChat groups with a focus on child education. In total, over 2,000 Chinese parents from all over the world participated in these groups. Later, he used his public WeChat account to reach wider audiences, and hosted many seminars regarding child education.
In 2019, Wuchuanren created a new WeChat group expressing his thoughts about medical treatment in the United States. This year, he has held additional seminars on medical treatment for major illnesses for free in many states across the country. Ai Ling Guan Memorial Scholarship Fund By Emily Zhang, edited by Lillian Zhou
The Ai Ling Guan Memorial Scholarship was founded by Wuchuanren to commemorate his wife’s lasting impact on her students and her passion for teaching the Chinese language to students overseas. Ms. Ai Ling Guan taught Chinese for over 30 years. This scholarship was set up by her family to continue her legacy of supporting students and teachers studying the Chinese language in the US and Canada. The scholarship is the only one worldwide served for such purpose.
Each year, $500 scholarships are awarded to 14 students between the ages 12-18 who are studying Chinese at school, Chinese school, or private tutoring. In addition, three scholarships, each at $1000, are awarded to Chinese school teachers or administrators. The applications are open March 1st and are due by May 1st. Donations are also welcome. More information at: https://wuchuanren.org/
Wuchuanren speaks about the college admissions process at the July 19th event by giving many statistics on how to maximize success in applying for colleges. He also gives details on many helpful resources such as https://www.collegeconfidential.com/. (Lucy Wu)
Many audience members were in attendance for Wuchuanren’s college application seminar on July 19th. They listened intently as he outlined the criteria that many top colleges look for in a student, including their interests, potential, personality, and their contribution to the university (Lucy Wu).
On July 20th, 2019, Wu Chuan Ren shared his knowledge of our country’s health care system with members of the community in the Winston Churchill High School cafeteria (Claire Yu)
Many people gathered at this seminar to gain knowledge about America’s complex medical system and how to navigate it on July 20th. (Claire Yu)
This article was provided by Chinese American Parents Association Junior Reporter Club (CAPA JRC) with members who interviewed, audio recorded, wrote, translated, and video recorded. CAPA JRC has 19 Montgomery County middle to high school students. They have created a bilingual platform delivering news and serving the community.