Friday, December 30, 2011


I learned a new word, “naches”, a few days ago.   It was derived from Yiddish, meaning “Emotional gratification or pride, especially taken vicariously at the achievement of one's children”.  This is a beautiful word, and I just love it. 

My daughter A went with me and my students to Cambodia for a week of service learning in 2010.  She worked with White Lotus, a shelter for trafficked girls (former prostitutes) in Phnom Penh, teaching them crafts and computer skills.  In the summer of 2011, she went with another group of social science students from the University of Hong Kong to Batanbang in Cambodia, to teach English at local schools for two months.  When she came back to Hong Kong, they raised some funds to help one of the local schools pay their rents.  Right now, she is back in Batanbang visiting her students during the Christmas vacation. 

I have a feeling she probably won’t be making much money in her career.  But I would be happy for the naches derived from her sense of justice and kindness. 


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