Mr Liu Kang

Liu Kang

Liu Kang (image from NUS webpage)

I never knew the famous artist well, but I met him during his last year of his life when I did a TNP story. It was a difficult interview, my Mandarin was rusty and he was preoccupied with other things on his mind.

I asked him how did he endure his temporary blindness that stopped him from painting.

He said, “Nian qing ren yao kan de kai.” (Young man, you have to take things easy.)

I know it was difficult for him during those dark days, but his words remain with me. “Taking it easy” is one of the most difficult things to achieve in life, but the old painter was telling me an unassailable truth. I guess that’s why I don’t get so fed up with the kids’ wailing these days.

Like Seilin told us over 10 years ago, “Endure, because the day will pass.”

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