While watching the latest RTHK 傑 出 華 人 系 列 on Dr. Lap-Chee Tsui (in Cantonese), I can’t help but look back in an 1989 Footprint Interview of Dr. Tsui (included here for your reading pleasure, click to zoom to large pix to read).
In 1989, I was the editorial director of Footprint (a Chinese student newspaper at U of Toronto), Cliff was assistant director, and Philip was the Editor-in-chief and we together with a group of many volunteers worked on every Footprint issues. Looking at the slightly yellowed 1989 newsprint certainly brings back some fond memories of the old days. We worked so hard to get the papers out.
Coming back to present day, Dr. Tsui is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong and I only realized now of his strategically important involvement in the hunt for the SARS coronavirus. (I know Dr. Tsui for his work at University of Toronto in Cystic Fibrosis. See this Wikipedia quote, “In 1988 the first mutation for CF, ΔF508 was discovered by Francis Collins, Lap-Chee Tsui and John R. Riordan on the seventh chromosome. Subsequent research has found over 1,000 different mutations that cause CF.”)
P.S. I forgot whose idea was it, but I am particularly proud of the result that during my term as editorial director, we have an interesting interview in almost every single issue. For example, the newspaper also interviewed Robert Prichard (former UT president and current President and CEO of Torstar) and Prof. Steven N. S. Cheung.