One of the most helpful comments I heard during my interviews with Gia-fu’s family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances, came from C.H., Gia-fu’s next youngest brother. When I asked C.H. about a circumstance revealing what seemed a contradiction between Gia-fu’s words and actions, he said this. “Ah, Carol. People are multi-faceted. And Gia-fu, even more so.”
I’ve come to appreciate C.H.’s wisdom again and again as I hear from people who knew Gia-fu. Some knew him well, others slightly, still others knew him only for a short time, perhaps a few months and in a particular environment. Many understood the complex being they encountered. Others focused primarily on one or two facets, not seeing the complexity beyond. But all hold this in common: whether one, two, or many, all found Gia-fu’s facets memorable.