Yisha was born in Shanghai and raised in Taiwan, then immigrated to Canada in 1970. She bred “Favor”, which is a soft white winter wheat while she was a wheat breeder in Ciba-Geigy Seeds, Canada, eventually joining Allied Chemical Canada as a plant breeder. She was then sent by Allied Ltd. to Beijing to participate in the first Genetic Engineering Academy Conference in 1984.
Developments in both of her personal and professional tracks were happening: After these stellar career moves, she found her mother in 1986. At the time, Yisha was employed by Canada International Development Agency (CIDA) as a Senior Consultant and went to Heilongjiang three times between 1986 and 1988. Eventually she was invited by the Economic Crops Research Institute in Nanjing to provide a one-week lecture in 1989.
She also organized foreign language schools to form the Foreign Language Institute of Ottawa (FLIO) in 1990. Until 2011, she was the Director and had two partners in FLIO. FLIO won contracts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, offering training in 40 foreign languages to officers who would be posted abroad. She would then eventually lead a study tour to China in 2010.
Yisha has not forgotten her linguistic roots—she started teaching Mandarin in 1981 and has continued until now. She attended the Overseas Chinese Teachers’ summer camp in 1990 in Taiwan and participated in the Confucius Institutes Overseas Mandarin Teachers Teaching Material Training in Beijing in December 2012. She shares her wisdom on blogs on Google, Sina, and Sina Weibo in 2009 and continues to write today.
She was baptized as a Catholic in 1970, and also proclaimed by Master Xingyun as a Buddhist in 2004 in Ottawa. She was the president of Buddha’s Light International Association, Ottawa Chapter, starting in October 2005 and lasted for six years, and then acting as an advisor until now.
Also pouring herself into family life, Yisha and her husband have a daughter together, complemented by one son-in-law and granddaughter. The family went back to Taiwan in 2016 to celebrate her husband’s birthday.
Over all these years, Yisha has been telling her Canadian friends what’s new in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, while updating her friends in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan on news overseas. After reading an article written by Dr. Paul Evans, the current Interim Research Director of the Institute of Asian Research at the University of British Columbia, which suggested the Canadian and Chinese, need better mutual understanding, Yisha realized this is exactly what she has been developing since 2009.
The book is divided into nine chapters, with the second chapter listing the various dynasties in China’s 5,000-year history, and skillfully introduces the readers to interesting stories. The seventh chapter allows readers to appreciate Chinese values. In other chapters, Yisha carefully weaves a net that refers to Canadian culture and Canadian-Chinese cultural differences.
While Yisha was born in Shanghai but grew up in Taiwan, the third chapter introduces readers to differences in the dates of certain festivals in the two places.
Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan, Cantonese, and Taiwanese cuisines have been introduced in the fourth chapter.
For those who feel like crying when they remember what they went through in their lives, Yisha would love to share her experiences and guide them to choose hobbies to find happiness in their life. Therefore, they will be encouraged to think positive thoughts and enjoy the rest of their lives. In the fifth chapter, which provides readers with 34 kinds of hobbies, modern people need to foster a small hobby to cultivate lifelong benefits, and naturally relieve the tension of life in the future.
Keeping in mind the child’s pain and solution after parents divorcing, Yisha shares her own experiences with her readers.
To understand the power of Chinese cultural values of harmony, benevolence, righteousness, courtesy, wisdom, honesty, loyalty, filial piety, and longevity, in addition to being rich and famous. How do these relate when comparing to Canadian values of fairness, diversity, equality, inclusion, health, safety, economic security, freedom, peace, law and order, and sustainability. The Thirty-Six Stratagems are a powerful system for knowing how to “Be mindful of guarding against harm from others, and staying away from placing harm upon others.” The Thirty-Six Stratagems are used to protect yourself. One has to know what others are using, which stratagem; once encountered, be prepared to take the stratagem apart and then execute a clever response!
The concepts of political party, government, and trade are in one. Yisha believed that is why the biggest reason the policy of Great Northern Wilderness can be smoothly run; therefore, the Great Northern Warehouse is successful today!
“The Future of Canada’s Relationship with China”
The operating principle should be to find common ground and shared interests while addressing differences with mutual respect.