Volume 6 Issue 8 - November 28, 2008
Mark C.J. Lin
Rainbow Over the Cape
Article Digest
Ching-Chuan, Huang
Laboratory Tests for Simulating Abrasion Damage of a Woven Geotextile
Tian-Shung Wu
Isolation and Total Synthesis of Antofine as the Potent Anticancer Prodrug
Shun-Fen Tzeng
A Possible Therapeutic Strategy for CNS Repair:To blockade calcium regulation of glutamate aspartate transporter regulation in astrocytes
Mau-Phon Houng
Enhancement of the light output performance for GaN-based light-emitting diodes by bottom pillar structure
Article Digest
Y.K. Fang
Investigation of Bulk Traps Enhanced Gate Induced Leakage Current in Hf-based MOSFETs
News Release
Common Fate Connects Kyoto University and National Cheng Kung University
NCKU Alumnus Dr. Ken Chong Named ASME Fellow
Editorial Group
Rainbow Over the Cape
Mark C.J. Lin

Professor and Director of Orthopedics Department, College of Medicine, NCKU

A medical school student found out that he had lost faith and passion for a career in medicine upon starting internship. After a heart to heart talk with him, I realized he was trapped in exam-oriented life values and was detached from real life. More importantly, he did not know how to find his way with logical thinking and did not know how to give himself force to move forward with arouses in his heart.

Even for the hottest movie Cape No. 7, he thought it was just popular and “not too bad”, and learned nothing from it. Taiwan is a multiple- value society tolerating diversified views and cultures. The superb box office record indicates that the story can touch people’s heart. However, when a medical school student cannot be touched with such an interesting and inspiring movie, from the perspective of medical education, apathy is a major warning sign for a student of medicine.

The universal dissatisfaction in the Taiwanese society might be due to ambiguous international status, conflicts in political stances, continuous domestic and international troubles, repeated economic depression, etc. Therefore those frank, sarcastic and taboo lines are right on. Viewers will ponder on the revelation ideas after gut response. For example, “but I’m really not so bad” can serve as a motto for young people who are entangled with depression and frustration, because where there is a hope when there is perseverance, and there will be reward when there is hardworking. For beginners who just embark on a career in medicine, they are advised to hold on to this view.

One of the most touching implications in this movie is: a second rate can become a first rate with perseverance and hardworking. The characters in the movie, such as Aga, who had worked so hard in Taipei Musical Band but failed; Uncle Mao, who wanted to cut two strings of the bass guitar in a rage; Dada, who got expelled from the church because of playing the piano with an unsteady tempo; Rauma, who had a grand sense of justice but suffered emotional disturbance because of losing his princess in real life; Tomoko, a former model who could just work as an assistant; Frog, who had to show his true color after being disdained by Tomoko; Malasun, who single-mindedly sold “feeling whole-heartedly”; all of them did not choose to give up or escape despite all the troubles and hardships during the band’s practice, and the audience were already touched during the warm-up playing of “Living for Music”. And for the hard and unpromising lyrical song “South of Reign”, instead of accompanying with heavy metal musical instruments, they played with their folk musical instruments which they were familiar with. The audience were even more touched and identified in comfort and warmth. We realize that to hold on to one’s true self relentlessly is the key to uplift oneself, even if it has to be suppressed temporarily due to realistic constraints.

60 years ago, when the Japanese teacher left in despair, Tomoko, with absolute determination to follow her love, waiting at the seaside with two suitcases. But was the teacher a coward when he did not show up to meet her love? “It is not abandonment, but unrelenting”. “Why should a poor teacher be held responsible for the sin of a people, while the pride of a noble person becomes his own lock”? In the sorrow induced by time, maybe the Japanese teacher thinks that to let go means true love, but the sorrow in his heart can not be erased. That’s why there are seven unsent letters. Trapped in fear, trouble and helplessness, courage is what one needs to face tests. It was meant to be a tragedy, but with 60 years of time to beautify it, they become the most romantic love letters. 
After 60 years, concerning the new romance between Aga and Tomoko, in contrast to the romance in old time, there is a new possibility because the sorrowful war time has past, chauvinism no longer exists, and the concert is successful. That’s why Aga can speak his heart out, “be with me, or I’ll be with you”, which is modern and showing gender equality.

But the most profound line is what Kosuke Atari said to Tomoko, while her heart was as dark and cold as the storm outside the bus and in great despair. “Don’t you expect for the rainbow to show up?” which is similar to the line in the love letter written 60 years ago, “I hope the two ends of the rainbow can cross the sea to connect you and me”. While Aga insisted to deliver the letters to Cape. No. 7, showing confirmation to the rainbow of hope inside the hearts of ours and every audience.

Life is full of challenge and trouble, but that is also the reason why we have hopes and enthusiasm. Haven’t you seem that many patients are writing up their stories with their lives while they go through many surgeries and chemical therapies? They are still optimistic because they hold on to the rainbow in their hearts. For the beginner who just embarked on a career in medicine, he should face the low tides with ease and read more inspiring stories. He will be able to learn from the patients to seek directions and passions. With logical thinking, he can plan for his own Cape. No.7 and create his own rainbow with hope.   

Translated by Helen Chang
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