AN OUT OF POINT INTRODUCTION
Rich Ho had spent his life in mainstream education being infamous.
When he was 3, he decided during a family tour to Taiwan to run up a national monument by himself and recite a Chinese poem to the panting tour group who had chased after him.
When he was 11, the teacher said to build a village hut for their history project, and while the other kids bought ice-cream sticks and glue, he ordered timber and concrete (He never managed to build it, his parents found out a week after the goods were delivered).
When he was 13, while other kids made transparencies for an analytical skills presentation, he transformed the class into an airline and staged a hijacking (featuring explosions from gunpowder scratched out from small fire crackers, a crackling gunpower filled revolver, and a boy being thrown out of the plane…by jumping out of the classroom window in “fear” onto a ledge outside the building). The lady teacher (who was unaware of the ledge outside) screamed and kids from other classes rushed over to watch.