Henry’s Announcement

Announcement by Henry Gong

Henry Miles Gong

P.O. Box 4794

Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Dr. John D. Welty

California State University, Fresno

5241 N. Maple Ave.

Fresno, CA 93740
Dear Dr. John D. Welty:
My name is Henry Miles Gong, the younger brother of Jason Tyler Gong who wrote you on June 22, 2008 about his effort of learning the Chinese written language to the proficiency of being able to read any Chinese newspaper in 89 days of study from an initial condition of not knowing a single Chinese word. Thank you for forwarding his letter to Dr. Chris Golston.
On September 12, 2008, Dr. Golston wrote to Jason and stated that he was unable to review Jason’s work in detail and commented that Jason must have either a good iconic memory or is skillful at mapping form and meaning and that it proved nothing of Jason’s grammar, listening, and speaking skills.
With a cursory review of the documents posted on Jason’s web site (http://www.chinese-etymology.com), Dr. Golston could have discovered that Jason purposefully left out the verbal portion of the Chinese language in order

  1. to prove that the Chinese written language does not require a language environment to be learned,
  2. to show Jason’s initial condition of not knowing any Chinese language.

Also, to conclude that Jason’s ability of mastering Chinese written words in 89 days comes from exceptional mapping skills or amazing memory without a detailed review on Jason’s work or meeting him in person not only disregards the sincerity and honesty of the Chinese media’s reporting (5 Newspapers and 3 TV stations) which praises Jason after testing him on three separate occasions in open forums, but also discredits the competence of the Chinese scholars who made up the official testing committee. Seemingly, Dr. Golston’s conclusion is a result of an improper academic procedure.
With the above facts, I would like to request a further review from you and your university for the following reasons:

  1. Jason’s work has very significant academic importance, and it should not be discounted by an opinion.
  2. More than 89 days has lapsed since Jason sent you a letter. For him to respond to Dr. Golston’s opinion will not prove his point one way or another as he succeeded at his first feat in that amount of time. On the other hand, I still have my innocence in terms of Chinese language, although I have been munching some Chinese characters since I arrived in California on June 4, 2008 from Virginia. The initial state of my ability on Chinese language can be easily tested and determined, and I’m willing to take such an examination from your university.
  3. Jason is either not alone in his exceptional gifts (iconic memory), or that the Chinese written language can be acquired by any committed American high school student as a knowledge. In general, most languages are learned as a living habit, not as a knowledge. What Jason did was to demonstrate that Chinese written language can be learned as a knowledge similar to Geometry or Chemistry (a language environment is not required), and I am happy to offer myself to demonstrate this point for a second time.

If Dr. Chris Golston’s comment is a challenge to Jason, I would like to take up this challenge. In fact, I would like to challenge the world to review the fact that Chinese written language can be mastered (to an ability of reading Chinese newspapers) in 80 days by any committed American high school student, and no language environment is needed.
Sincerely Yours,
Henry Gong
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