Gilbert Van Kerckhove
Gilbert is from Ghent, Belgium, where he grew up, went to school and to the university to graduate as a master in electronic engineering.
Today he considers himself as a businessman, writer, professor, interdisciplinary scholar and KTV fan.
In his adventurous life he was first shipped from Genova (Italy) to Santos (Brazil). He arrived in São Paulo in late 1973 with a huge wooden crate of 410 Kg, 20 words of Portuguese and no job.
Later Nigeria followed, a brief but interesting experience. In his hotel in Port Harcourt he met a Chinese tugboat mechanic who became a good friend. In Hong Kong in December 1980 he found his friend back who then, through a typical Chinese network, introduced him to other Chinese friends in Beijing when he arrived some days later. It all ended in a marriage, Chinese style: through introduction – no bar pick-up, anyway there were no bars in Beijing that time. Actually there was nothing.
As an innocent foreigner he was the last to understand his Chinese friends were setting him up for a date. They told him after he was married. They sure had a good laugh, especially referring to that fateful first dinner date with the bride-to-be: the main dish was buffalo penis in hot sauce. He should have known something was suspicious …
Some decades later, he is still in Beijing, the city he now considers his home and gave him a Green Card.
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