Seeing how excited President Pei was, Xiao Changkun was curious but still a bit listless as he asked, “President Pei, what is it that makes you so happy?”
President Pei said with great excitement, “The secretary of the a*sociation called and said that a Chinese expatriate was asked by an elderly family member to donate eight pairs of works by the calligrapher Zheng Huo (fǔ) to our Calligraphy and Painting a*sociation!”
“Zheng Xuan?” Xiao Changkun asked with a bewildered expression, “Is this man very famous?”
Hearing this, President Pei burst into tears and said, “Changkun …… told you a long time ago that you are now the vice president of the Calligraphy and Painting a*sociation, it doesn’t matter if you are not talented in calligraphy and painting, but you must be able to say one, two, three, so you must read more books of ancient and modern calligraphy and painting works, but you just don’t listen. You don’t even know that if you go out on your own in the future, you will easily be asked by others in a few words!”
He said, “Zheng Xuan is one of the most famous calligraphers in the history of Jinling, and has the title of the first person to write official script in the Qing Dynasty. Although Zheng Xuan is not that famous among so many top calligraphers in history, he is after all our local calligrapher in Jinling, and is still very significant to our Jinling Calligraphy and Painting a*sociation!”
Xiao Changkun smiled awkwardly and said, “Oh oh oh, I remembered …… just now you said in a hurry, I didn’t think about it for a moment ……”
Xiao Changkun said so, but in fact he did not know much about this Zheng basketball at all.
The main thing is that the overseas Chinese also said that she wants to promote our local history in the field of painting and calligraphy, so she wants to fund us to set up a large exhibition of Jinling history painting and calligraphy! She also promised to help us find some works of famous artists in Jinling’s history!”
He patted Xiao Changkun’s shoulder and said excitedly, “If this exhibition is successful, our Painting and Calligraphy a*sociation will be famous! Let’s go back to the a*sociation and meet with this overseas Chinese.”
Xiao Changkun was in a bad mood, so he was not interested in this matter, what with the overseas Chinese and the exhibition, it meant nothing to him.
But after all, he was the number two person in the Painting and Calligraphy a*sociation, and since Chairman Pei had said so, he could not afford to drop the ball, so he could only agree and said, “OK, let’s go then!”
It just so happened that Han Meiqing and He Yuanjiang had also finished packing up the laptops they had brought with them. Seeing that Xiao Changkun and Chairman Pei were leaving, Han Meiqing went forward and asked curiously, “Changkun, aren’t you going to the dinner?”
“No.” Xiao Changkun said, “There is an urgent matter in the a*sociation, so President Pei and I have to go back.”
Han Meiqing nodded and said, “It just so happens that Professor He and I are also ready to go, so let’s go out together.”
The four of them walked together to the car park, where He Yuanjiang’s car was parked close by, so Han Meiqing said to Xiao Changkun and Chairman Pei, “Changkun and Chairman Pei, we’ll leave first then, see you some other time.”
President Pei said cheerfully, “OK Professor Han, you and Professor He will go first, our cars are parked far away.”
“Good.” Han Meiqing smiled faintly, and Professor He, who was on the side, also greeted the two of them, before getting into the car and starting it up to leave.
Watching the two drive away, President Pei couldn’t help but sigh, “Changkun, don’t you think that Professor Han and Professor He are quite a good match?”
Xiao Changkun’s eyes widened and he blurted out, “What’s so good about them? How can a guy named He be good enough for Mei Qing?”
President Pei said seriously, “Look at the two of them, they are both talented, although they are both almost fifty, they both look like they are about forty, and they are both high achievers who have returned to the United States, so they must have more in common, and I heard that they are both widowed, so they are a perfect match!”