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If you took a Confucian scholar of the Song Dynasty, dressed him in a sports jacket and dropped him into the 21st Century, that person would be Xu Xingfang. He is slow to speak, thoughtful, patient, insightful and unfailingly honest. He earned a Master’s degree in Australia, then he came back and was soon running a painting factory for a French designer. Like many Chinese businesspeople, he had numerous small businesses at the same time: leasing a taxi, buying a storefront and renting it out, starting and selling an English school, swooping in on condo properties just before the big runup in real estate. Now he has more money than I do, but he still teaches English at the University, translates books into Chinese, lives simply, drives a modest car, and probably helps me more out of a sense of loyalty than need.