Homage to Ching-I Peng
by Jacky Duruisseau
I have just heard of the death of Ching-I Peng.
We were in touch since 2007.
Ching-I gave, exchanged, publications, informations, pictures, seeds.
Always he answered his mails.
He called it to see us with Wanling, his wife, in June 2015
I promised them we’ll go in Taïwan
Ching-I was a friend.
Dr. Ching-I Peng was an important Asian begonias expert in Academia Sinica.
He wrote many publications about Begonias of south-east Asia.
Several Begonias were dedicated to him, as Begonia chingipengii from Luzon Island (The Philippines) in 2014
Ching-I Peng left us after a difficult fight against illeness.
I admire his courage, his force, in front of death. He was a wise.
His last mail dated from February 15th and we feared the worst.
Here it is :
Although I felt nothing wrong physically, I was hospitalized again the day before yesterday. Not good news from the doctor after bone marrow biopsy: The cancer cells made it back, if I don’t get the medical treatment, I have one month to live. With the medical treatment, I have only 5% survivorship. I am going through another chemotherapy this week. Today is Chinese New Year’s Eve. This is the first time that I have to stay in the hospital to ‘celebrate’ the Chinese New Year. Oh, well. 5% is better than nothing at all, isn’t it?
I don’t feel stressful. Just face it.
My heartfelt appreciation for your thinking of me often.
We wish you and Colette a healthy and happy Chinese New Year of Dogs.
Ching-I and Wanling