Even today I still believe I was born as a poet.
When I was a little boy in fourth grade, I began writing poems.
My poems were read in classes by literature teachers in high grade
classes; and posted on the school wall-column.
I began to publish my poems in professional journals when I was in the
middle school. I could
write in any kind of situations, even when I was in classes, since I had
my own schedule or habit to study other than listening to teachers'
lectures. Writing just
became so natural to me. I
really had fun in it.
Besides writing Chinese classical style poems and new style poems, I
also wrote prose and novels.
Some were quite long, more than one hundred pages.
Maybe because writing was so natural to me and everyday life became
my writing material, I never had a strong desire to publish my novels.
I wrote about my classmates, my teachers, my countryside boys and
girls and the countryside daily life.
I kept writing until I graduated from college.
Even then I still have a small dream to write several thousand
lines for an ancient hero, Xichu Bawang - Xiangyu.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I did not become a professional poet,
since I was distracted by my other interests.
In the middle school, I began to study calculus and advanced
physics, encouraged by my father.
I was often asked to explain some calculus problems to high school
students including my old sister by a high school math teacher who was
my father's friend. He liked me very much and often encouraged to
attend his classes.
I once struggled in my mind which major to choose for my future. It seemed that I was more fascinated by secrets of the
nature. To understand the
nature and the state of human being (mind and physical) seems to be my
deepest passion. However, it took so long a time until I found my way to
science: to use mathematics including statistics to understand biology
and to improve human health now.
I love classic music, and sometimes like to sing old songs.
Two of my favor composers are
I play basketball almost every morning, and sometimes play pingpong
or boxing or golf. I also like fencing, but I am not a swordsman; it inherites a
poetical ideal of traditional Chinese poets from
I love poems written by Li Bai,
Walt Whitman, and
Alexander Pushkin, also like,
Percy Bysshe Shelley, and
Emily Dickinson. Ling, my younger
sister, has a writing style similar to Dickinson's, but my sister's
poems are more pure, like a star shining in the sky of a winter night.
My old brother always read his poems to me when I was a little boy, but
only when my father was not in the presence. He has published many
A great tragedy was that my Ph.D advisor,
Professor Xiao-Song Lin, had an
advanced liver cancer, and he died at 49. He is the second American
mathematician who encouraged me to come to USA to study topology (the
first one is Mark Mahowald in Northwestern University) when I was in
Beijing. He has left a lot for me to learn, both as a mathematician and
as a person. His friends had edited a book about his life. I wrote
several poems to him for this book when he was fighting against the
cancer. If you like, you can read them in links listed in the right
side. I have a poem collection which's written after I came to US at
hand. If you want to take a look, please email to me.
In links listed in the right side, you can find some poems or
collections that I love, some music websites, some pictures of my
hometown - Xingping - Shaanxi, and some pictures taken by myself, Sophia
or friends in California,
Ohio, Florida, Texas, Virginia, China, Canada, England, Ireland, etc. In links listed in the left
side, you can find interesting personal or institute homepages.
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created in 2006, updated on 01/01/2015