On December 27, 2003, Town and Talent Technologies hosted
an exchange forum for
member school principals at the International Convention Center
at Yellow Sheep River (YSRICC). More than 120 officials, scholars,
businessmen, and member school principals from Beijing, Gansu,
Tibet, Taiwan, and Hong Kong were privileged to attend this
The member school principal exchange forum is held annually.
With the recent tragic death of the founder of Town and Talent
Technologies, Mr. Sayling Wen, the forum was infused with
special meaning and tributes to Mr. Wen. Distinguished guests
poignantly recalled Mr. Wen's wisdom and passion. One and
all vowed to continue their efforts in realizing the Town
and Talent Project and benefiting impoverished western areas.
They pledged to accomplish Mr. Wen's final unfulfilled wish
in fully developing western China and eliminating the endemic
problem of poverty.
The first day of conferences got under way at 9:30am. A large
photograph of Mr. Wen was hung in the middle of the hall.
Over the following five-hour conference, a harmonious atmosphere
descended on those in the hall. Attendees all expressed their
grief and respect for Mr. Wen, while emphasizing Mr. Wen's
idealism and dream for the west. Dr. Kenny Lin, president
of Town and Talent Technologies, read a poem he penned himself
to give voice to the more than 30 years of abiding friendship
he shared with Mr. Wen. Dr. Lin conveyed his appreciation
for Mr. Wen's efforts and contributions to Town and Talent.
Standing alone in front of Mr. Wen's picture, Dr. Lin introduced
Mr. Wen's revolutionary theory of establishing Internet Villages
and developing the west in seven landmark steps. Reduced to
tears by the still painful reality of loss, Dr. Lin informed
guests of the progress in Yellow Sheep River. After hearing
his speech, all attendees at the forum were filled with renewed
confidence in the implementation of the Town and Talent Project
and operation of the YSRICC.
Zhang Wen-Pu, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office in Gansu
province, traveled from Beijing to attend the forum and recounted
his three-year discussion with Mr. Wen regarding western development.
He affirmed that he would further endeavor to support the
Town and Talent Project.
Mr. Wang Zhi-Hua, director of the Taiwan Affairs Office in
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, expressed his admiration and
sorrow over the loss of Mr. Wen. He gave high praise for Town
and Talent's efforts in using the Internet to develop western
China. With the proper support and commitment, he believed
that Town and Talent could accomplish Mr. Wen's dream of western
Mr. Wang Jian-Xuan, former administrator of the Taiwan Financial
Bureau, stressed the importance of improving education in
underprivileged areas. He believed additional practical steps
needed to be taken to develop the impoverished west. Mr. Wang
outlined his plan for offering free tuition and entry to academically
outstanding yet underprivileged students. His proposal greatly
aroused the interest of school principals.
Mr. Ge Chang-Zhong, president of Guangcai Future Group, also
articulated his admiration for Town and Talent, and introduced
his 212 Project. He looked forward to working in future cooperative
ventures with Town and Talent Technologies.
After lunch, guests visited the ongoing construction site
of the International Convention Center, as well as Yellow
Sheep River Vocational Middle School. They were able to relish
in the pure and rare beauty of Yellow Sheep River. The obvious
and positive changes in the region made them admire Mr. Wen
more than ever.
Mr. Xue Qi-Xiang delivered a report at the afternoon meeting,
detailing the layout
of the International Convention Center. Mr. Lin Da-Wei, chairman
of the Hong Kang International Internet Co. Ltd., stated that
his company would invest in Yellow Sheep River. It would manufacture
and sell computers throughout China, and in doing so, assist
Town and Talent Technologies in western development. Mr. Lin
also donated a high-powered computer to every member school.
Dr. Xu Guo-Hui of the Hong Kong Educational University claimed
that he would endeavor to contribute in future to the Town
and Talent Project.
Ms. Chen Hui then presented a report on the OTschool educational
system. Finally, Mr. Peng Hai-Na gave a status report noting
the development of member schools and e-business centers in
Dr. Kenny Lin and other provincial officials awarded certificates
of excellence to selet member schools and teachers. The 11
exceptional member schools included: Yellow Sheep River Town
Middle School, Xuanhe Middle School, and Dacai Middle School,
In addition, nine individuals were honored for their outstanding
contributions, including Mr. Hu Wan-Long and Cao Yuan-Zhang.
Xuanhe Middle School's principal and Mr. Hu Wan-Long described
their experience for the benefit of guests. The forum concluded
to thunderous applause and jovial spirits.