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That was the good thing about the Montessori school. They're very accepting. So even though my English was pretty bad the beginning, they accepted me and then they brought me in that I'm attracted towards products or services or, um, things that people do that are not without a blemish. I got introduced it underwater world through scuba diving and the philosophical part of me was just.
Kind of angry actually that we know. So cut little about this thing that's on our planet and we're trying to send people to Mars.
Hello everyone. This is your host, FA W, and you're listening to the Face World Podcast Today. I wanna welcome Gordon Lao. To phase world. Gordon recently graduated from nyu, which is New York University, with a degree in philosophy Compared to a student philosopher, I find Gordon much easier to relate to and to describe as an athlete or as a musician and a master level scuba diver.
Um, he received his certificate, I guess when he was just 14 years old. And at age five, I took Gordon skating for the first time. He furiously got up after each fall and didn't want to leave for hours. I remember my mom and his mom were both stunned and I found courage and bravery just witnessing him learning something new.
And at age 10 he won a ping pong tournament in Hong Kong and he also played rugby for the Hong Kong National Junior. And what else? He's a skateboarder, uh, still and he skateboards everywhere. Gordon is his family moved to Toronto when he was just three years old. He didn't speak any English and was enrolled in a Montessori school.
And just before middle school, his family again moved back to Hong Kong and Gordon experienced major reverse cultural shock for the first time. He was then. Without many options. Um, had to enroll in the brutally competitive Hong Kong international school, h k I s, all the way through high school. I have no born, literally since the day he was born, and our family stayed close regardless of the distance.
He spent a few summers with us, with my family when I was still living in Beijing, but also after I moved to Boston. In Boston. I remember dropping him off, picking him up at m i t, you know, at several basketball camp, you name it. And he was maybe around 10 years old. Later on, uh, in our interview, he described an experience of going to uc, Berkeley for summer camp.
I remember that was me who brought him over there. So throughout the. Uh, I have been really surprised to witness Gordon's transformation from just a little kid to an intelligent young man. He's very into fitness, so, uh, I ask him to give away quite a few tips towards the end of the podcast, and he's also a flawlessly, well-dressed person, so some fashion advice was inevitable as well.
So, what's the point of this interview? Beyond my own reflections for Gordon's upbringing and recent development, his story isn't so unusual for millennials today. I find that many children grow up in multiple continents as a result of their parents' jobs, choice of immigration, and I also often find these people to be really interesting to talk to and not.