Goodbye Letter to Teacher

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Our trip to Taiwan ended in a bittersweet way, actually it was simply tragic and heartbreaking.


Goodbye Letter to Teacher, say goodbye to Peter Lin

Felicia’s dad Mr. Peter Lin had an unexpected accident in the home – he slipped and fell down the steps and had to be taken to the hospital. This happened in Eastern Canada sometime between 10:30pm – 11:00pm.

Goodbye Letter to Teacher

On October 17, he passed away due to complications from the fall.

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Shocking Heartbreaking News

A Shocking Heartbreaking Tragedy

This was shocking for us all, and heartbreaking news to Felicia and her immediate family and extended relatives. Mr. Lin was able to emigrate from Taiwan to study in America on a scholarship during the early 60's White Terror Era,  where he later earned a PHD in the United States.

Subsequently by 1970, he went on to teach at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.

University of Alaska in Fairbanks
Palace of Chang Kai Shek

I write details about Taiwan’s convoluted political history and about this “blacklist”. If you are interested in reading my past article click the link below.

Passport to Taiwan

Unfortunately, this type of “blacklist” was the de facto standard under Chang Kai Shek’s authoritative rule of “White Terror” back from the early 1950’s through the md 1970’s.

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It’s amazing that Taiwan later became a democracy after Marshall Rule was lifted in 1987 by Chang Kai Shek’s successor, his own son Chiang Ching-Kuo after his death in 1975. Several years later, a new opposing party to the KMT, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) came into existence. However Taiwan’s first democratic president was not elected until 1996.

Goodbye Letter to Teacher, Taiwan China Relations

The Lin's story is one of a handful of exceptions: It was only due to political connections through the university that Mrs. Lin was later allowed to leave Taiwan to join her husband in the United States (and the reason Felicia was born in Alaska).

A few years later, the new happy family moved to Ottawa, Canada. It was near where a few of the relatives were already living and where their sons and daughters were attending universities in Toronto.

Goodbye Letter to Teacher: Mr. Lin's Legacy
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Goodbye Letter to Teacher: Comments from Our Community

Here are some comments from our wonderful international community of 1.5 million members:

I'm very sorry to hear your news Kaju, life can be so fragile at times. Mr Lin sounds like an amazing man, it's so tragic when something like this happens and so quickly. I hope that you can both remember the good times and his amazing legacy.

Wishing you all the best on your travels.- Anonymous

I'm sorry to hear about this loss, especially as it happened so unexpectedly and while you were traveling. He sounded like an incredible man, and I'm sure his presence will be missed. You wrote such a nice tribute! I'm sure he would be proud. :)- Anonymous

What a beautiful tribute to a courageous man!Kaju, you've been blessed with this wonderful relationship, now over in the physical world, but always there in fond memories.Thank you. For sharing this and the history! - Anonymous

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I'm so sorry for your loss, Kaju. Praying for you and your wife, and all the family. May you all find peace at this time, and remember all the good times and wonderful stories. Blessings on you. – Anonymous

Friend I am so sad to read this and I did wonder what had happened but didn't like to ask. That must have been such a shock to come back to and very upsetting for Felicia.

This is probably late as you are probably already on your way but when you do see it please tell Felicia that I am so sorry to hear such sad news and give my condolences to her mum and the rest of the family.

You are both in my thoughts right now friend.- Anonymous

It's so sad that your beautiful story had to have a tragic ending. It happens -- life is full of surprises and we are not supposed to know the future. Probably good in many sympathies to you and to Felicia. May she find her way through her grief back to the other side where joy resides. Blessings to you both. – Anonymous

A beautiful tribute to an amazing man.
My deepest condolences to you, Felicia and extended family. I hope the name of Mr Peter Lin will continue to be remembered and his story continue to be told to honor his life. Blessings – Anonymous

Goodbye Letter To Teacher: We Honor Mr. Peter Lin

We honor Mr. Peter Lin for his wonderful legacy, his exceeding generosity, love and devotion to his family, and his life-long service and ongoing commitment to the world community.

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He will be cremated today, and I will soon be going to Canada to join Felicia and the family for the funeral ceremony from 10/30 – 11/4.

This concludes my special Goodbye Letter to Teacher.

Mr. Peter Lin was a great one and left an amazing legacy. If you would like to leave any comments below, please do so.

About the Author

KAJU is the band leader and founding member of OFF THE HOOK, one of the premiere dance party bands in the New York Tri-State Area. After contracting a mysterious hand disorder, Kaju now writes to help other musicians and artists deal with disabilities. Currently he is a Full-time Affiliate Marketer and 1-on-1 mentor at Wealthy Affiliate, a community that can help anyone start an online business without prior experience. This is where he teaches others how to make a great passive income. Read more about his story here!