Eunice Moe Brock, a ninety-year-old American woman, is considered to be China's philanthropy ambassador. Now she is devoting her love and energy to the development of the small Chinese village where she lived as a child. Why has she chosen to settle down in a small village in China after six decades of living abroad? And why are millions of Chinese people moved by her story? Let's hear more from our reporter Xiaoyu.
Eunice Moe Brock, or Mu Lin'ai, grew up in Liaocheng, which used to be poverty-stricken area in eastern China's Shandong province. The thirteen years Brock spent in Liaocheng made deep impressions on her regarding the chaotic old China driven by wars and poverty. At the end of 1930, Brock's parents moved her to America, but the little girl made up her mind to return one day to help the poor and miserable.
"I had a very happy life in my family, but I was very distressed by then China. I lived during a period of turmoil in China, when lots of wars were constantly biting one another. There was scarcely when I didn't hear gunfire. I saw dead bodies in the street. There was a massive famine for three years in which it was estimated that 8 million people died in these problems and several of the surrounding problems .I saw things like a man selling a child because he couldn't have food for it. I saw a crowd of young teenagers crying very loudly. I asked why they were crying and I was told that they were being sold into prostitution. I was very distressed because I couldn't help. I lived in a warm home and people froze in the temple next where I lived. I felt very badly about this, so I determined as a child that I would go back to China and live a simple life in a poor home like the Chinese lived in and I will try to help them but live at the standard in which they lived. I always keep this dream alive in my heart."
During the following years in America, Mu Lin'ai applied to travel to China to support the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, but her application was denied by the government and her parents strongly opposed it. She once broke up with her boyfriend, Edwin, because he refused to move to China. But when she later found that she was deeply in love with him, she put her China dreams aside to get married.
Though she lived a contented life in the United States, she never forgot to keep up with information about China. Almost every day Eunice kept her ears open for news of China on TV and in newspapers.
After her husband died in 1998, Brock, then in her seventies, sold her house, her car, 40 acres of farmland and other belongings, and moved back to China. To fulfill her dream of helping the poor, she asked the Chinese government to send her to one of the most underdeveloped areas. Concerned about her advanced age, the authorities found her a home in Liumiao Village in Liaocheng, a city not as hard-off as she had expected.
Ever since, she has begun distributing her legacy of love and care to the local people. She raised money to build a computer room and library for a local primary school, and donated desks, chairs and books. She is also eager to teach the local children English by holding a free English Corner. Wang Yuqing is her interpreter.
"Once, it was raining cats and dogs, so I tried to persuade her not to go to the English Corner. But she said that if you fell down, I would help you. She told me 'I must be there because I promised.' Unfortunately, nobody came that night, but she waited there until nine o'clock. Usually the English Corner ends at half past nine, and she has never been absent."
Due to her professional background in nursing, she has held the position of honorary president of Liaocheng International Peace Hospital since 2002. There, she makes use of all of her resources to help the local people.
"I am very much interested in a new hospital for the mentally ill that our hospital is building. This is my specialty and I want to train some people use biofeedback and phycodedic drugs to help the people who were mentally ill. I have many projects I belong to five scientific organizations and I write to them to keep up with information and I hope to use the information to help the Chinese people overcome suicide and the pressure."
Her eagerness to help keeps her busy, but she still continues looking for new opportunities to help.
So far, Mu Lin'ai has already donated more than 300,000 yuan, or 40,000 US dollars to charities -- a large sum of money to a retiree. When asked about the money, she said it's the last thing she wants to talk about.
"I am not interested in money. I don't keep a track of it, I don't want to. I spent everything that Edward and I saved in helping people, I don't like even to talk about money."
Her interpreter, Wang Yuqing, who has been with Brock for over six years, says she is most impressed by her persistence.
"Her behavior is beyond the understanding of most of the people around her, even her beloved husband. It's hard to explain why she was so insistent on returning to China. Even though I've been with her for over six years, I sometimes cannot understand why she loves and cares for the local people so much."
At 90 years old, Brock is still busy teaching English and dealing with hospital affairs. She is also writing a book for her beloved Chinese people.
"I am trying to write a book for my Chinese friends. The big problem I see in China is that everybody is interested in being wealthy; they think wealth is the way of solving all problems. What we really need is to develop spiritual values in our life. We need to know that is not the wealth but love that is important. Most of my book will be with non-ordinary states of consciousness."
Over the past eight years, she has regularly written to her family members in the U.S., describing about her life and the changes taking place in the small village and the country.
"Several streets have been widened in Liumiao, and the main road is flanked with trees and shrubs," she wrote in the first letter.
Brock said she is happy living in China, as she can feel the dynamic changes in the country brought on by its economic development.
Her work has been recognized by people from all over the nation. She was named one of China's philanthropy ambassadors in 2003, and won the title of one of the "Ten People Who Touched Shandong in 2006" for her contributions to the local people.
She's now trying to get a permanent residence card so she can live in China for the rest of her life, and hopes to donate her organs to Chinese patients after her death.