Mourning a patriot
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2020-05-29
Stanley Ho Hung-sun was known for his generosity and patriotic spirit. VCG

Tributes have poured in from across China mourning the passing of Stanley Ho Hung-sun.

The entrepreneur, well-known for the wealth generated by his casinos, passed away on May 26. But Ho’s contribution to wider society and his ambitious ideas went far beyond the gambling table. He was also well-respected for his achievements in many areas, including being one of the first entrepreneurs to invest in the Chinese mainland when the nation started reform and opening-up in the 1970s.

He was also known for his generosity to charities and donating money to build schools.

“He taught us … to give back to society, to appreciate our heritage and, most of all, to be patriotic to our country,” read the statement on behalf of Ho’s family.

In November 2019, Ho donated a red bronze horse head statue – a long-lost national cultural relic that he paid over 63 million yuan for at an auction –to the National Cultural Heritage Administration to mark the 20th anniversary of Macao’s return to China.

In 2007, to mark the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, Ho donated five priceless works of art to the National Museum.

Speaking at the donation ceremony, Ho said that he had witnessed the successful implementation of the “one country, two systems” in both the Hong Kong and Macao SARs, and as a Chinese citizen, he looked forward to the peaceful reunification of his country.

Macao Chief Executive Ho Iatseng also sent a letter of condolence to Ho’s family expressing his deepest regrets and commending Ho’s lifelong dedication to public welfare and his significant contribution to Macao’s prosperity and stability.

Ho held many titles in his lifetime, including member of the Standing Committee of the 9th, 10th and 11th National Committees of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. But he once said his favorite title is “patriotic entrepreneur”.

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Ji Yuan)
Mourning  哀悼
Entrepreneur  企业家
Casinos  赌场
Gambling table  赌桌
Invest  出资
Generosity  大方
Heritage  传统
Patriotic  爱国的
Auction  拍卖会
Implementation  施行
Commending  称誉