Chen Jinglan's school

  • 06 July, 2019
  • English Service

Once, life on the outlying island of Kinmen was tough. For many of the island’s people, there were two options- work the land or fish on the sea. But not everyone was satisfied with these choices, and by around 100 years ago, ambitious islanders were setting off to make their fortunes in the rich markets of Southeast Asia. Among those who succeeded was a man named Chen Jinglan, a man who wanted to use his wealth to make a difference. Chen decided to build a school, the first school his home village had known. Today, the proud, stately school building is still there, and it’s a building with quite a story to tell. Here to fill us in is Ms. Yang, who works in the building today.