On Confucius, Character and Carp
In early June of 2009 I had the good fortune of being asked to speak at the high school graduation ceremony of the senior class of Western Academy of Beijing, a large international school where I served as board chair. For me this was a special opportunity for a number of reasons. One reason was that the ceremony was held at the Confucius Temple in central Beijing. It also happened to be the first day of the gāo kǎo 高考 that year–the national university entrance exam. As I formulated my remarks to the class of 2009, I thought that the venue and the timing could not have been more fortuitous.