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Climbing up the mountain of life and finding the dignity of life
      Luke Hsieh, male, born in 1975 in Taipei, immigrated to South Africa with his family in 1989. He had obtained a master degree in historiography in the University of Cape Town and is now pursuing a PhD there. In order to regain more dignity in his life, Luke decided to suspend his schooling and went to America to find job opportunities as a cerebral palsy sufferer in February, 2004. Twenty-nine years ago, his mother had difficulty in giving birth, thus he was born as a cerebral palsy sufferer. He had a miserable childhood and was called “the retarded” or “the idiot”. On May 26, 1989, he, together with his family (mother-Qiu Yu-qian, father-Hsieh Cuo-ting, sister- Hsieh Chen-Yun, brother- Hsieh Ming-Rui), immigrated to South Africa.
      He kept overcoming the obstacles in life for decades. In his autobiography “Teach Me How to Fly, Unicorn!”, he wrote, “Fly! Fly! My dear Unicorn…We will fly in the same sky in Africa one day; we will mock those people who drive you away together. Teach me how to fly; teach me how to fly.”
      Luke Hsieh, a man suffering cerebral palsy, who was regarded as a good-for-nothing in Taiwan, however, restored confidence and regained dignity in South Africa. If he did not leave Taiwan, he might just sell lottery tickets in the street. Now, however, he was a ph.D student in the University of Cape Town. Most of his teachers considered him the best doctoral student there.
      Luke’s uncle Frank Hsieh is the Mayor of Kaohsiung. Like other disabled persons, Luke was often treated badly by his classmates. He was called “the retarded” or “the idiot” and was often beaten black and blue. Now, however, he was graduated as “the best bachelor &master” in the Department of History in the University of Cape Town. He is now studying for a doctorate there, presenting good performance at every subject, especially at literature and computer.
      Luke was no longer a little boy. Although he could not speak fluently and his facial expression looked ridiculous when he was talking; his words were so humorous that we forgot he was a cerebral palsy sufferer. All his success had not come by easily. It is his mother, Mrs. Hsieh, who took him and his brother and sister to study in South Africa from special education school to University of Cape Town. He spent fifteen years in studying abroad to gain his success.
      “If I were in Taiwan, the only thing I could do is to sell lottery tickets in the street.” Luke Hsieh said. Due to the perfect special educational system in South Africa, he restored confidence and regained dignity. Under such circumstances, he developed his study potentials, successfully returned to the mainstream of educational system and gained degrees he deserved.
      Luke was a cerebral palsy sufferer for he was born lack of oxygen. During his six primary school life, he was the last one in the class. At that time, no teacher knew how to teach such a child. He did not have a beautiful handwriting, so he usually got bad marks. His classmates usually called him “the retarded” or “the idiot”, or even put off his trousers and beat his bingy. It is really a miserable memory for Luke.
      Under such circumstances, Mrs. Hsieh determined to take her son to study abroad. With the help of their friends, the Hsieh’s immigrated to Cape Town in South African after hesitation.
      Luke Hsieh said there were four special schools for the cerebral palsy suffers in South Africa in 1950s, which provided accommodation and physiotherapy, meanwhile there was even not a single special school for the cerebral palsy suffers in Taiwan.
      Luke’s gift was revealed one by one. He learned the best in computer and was called “computer genius”, for he often helped to repair computer. His literary potential was shown with the help of computer.
      When talking about the future, Luke Hsieh confidently said he would gain the PhD very soon, and he would go to America to open up a new avenue for himself. In view of his own experience, Luke Hsieh had thought more about Taiwan’s educational system. Some critical ideas were reflected in his autobiography. He even said, if possible, he wanted to enter into the field of politics and to reform Taiwan’s educational system as the prolocutor of the disabled persons. His uncle Frank Hsieh, however, disapproved this idea, for he thought the politicians worked especially hard and he wanted children in Hsieh family had better not enter this sector.

      Moreover, Luke Hsieh was willing to share his uncommon experience with everybody. He wished that one day the disabled persons in Taiwan would be offered a fair social environment.