ECNUers express love for mums on Mother’s Day


To most of us, moms are our superheroes and biggest supporters. Since we usually do not share with them enough about how much they are appreciated and loved, we choose this special day to record ECNUers’ voice of love and appreciation to moms everywhere. 

When I was four years old, I was diagnosed with a psychological disorder called autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This type of disorder is a neurological condition that affects the abilities in maintaining, developing, and understanding relationships. Other characteristics of ASD include problems with routine sameness, sensory processing, language delay, and having intense interests or activities.

When a child is diagnosed with ASD, it is generally devastating for the parents because they don’t understand the causes of this disorder. Moreover, mothers generally have a hard time accepting the fact that their child must be labeled as an “autistic”. My mother was ready to accept me as her autistic child. She also believed that I should be treated like any other normal person, and made sure I received the education I needed to develop my language and social skills.

If it wasn’t for my mother, I don’t think I would be so independent, studying at ECNU or obtaining a Master’s degree. My mom has always been the biggest advocate of my life and accepted me before I could even accept myself. She is the reason why I am able to talk freely and accomplish my dreams. I love youmom! Thanks for everything! Happy Mother’s Day! 

Miller Holly Elizabeth

Department of Politics

United States

I think of my mom when I think of strength and gentleness. She has the calmest way of helping me think straight. When my father passed away on December 2018, I had to admit that I was going through the hardest time of my life. I truly lost myself and for a moment I did not know how life would be without him as my best friend.

From that time on, I stopped taking care of myself. I started seeking comfort in food and I generally felt guilty if I had a good time instead of mourning him. My mother gave me a month to sulk and she sat me down and said these words to me: My baby girl, you lost your father but I don’t understand why you want to lose yourself too. Do you think he would want to see you this way? He was a hero and you are your father’s daughter—so make him proud.

The way she said these words sparked a fire in me. I immediately began to improve myself. I was so happy when I applied to ECNU and was accepted for a 2-year master’s degree program. I am grateful for this chance, because the experience I am having here makes the best days of my entire life. I love you so much mommy, and I will go to the ends of the world for you.

Irene Magano Iilonga

Faculty of education


I love my mother not only as a mother but also as my friend. She supports me and encourages me no matter what life decisions I had made. On this special holiday, I want to say to her: Mom, thank you for your kindness to raise me the way you can. You are the driving force for me to move forward. I will always keep in mind what you have done for me. I will work harder and harder to live up to your expectations. You have accompanied me to grow up and I will accompany you to grow old. I love you. Happy Mother's Day! I hope you will always be healthy and happy.

Lee Gahee

School of International ChineseStudies

South Korea

My life started with opening my eyes and falling in love with my mother's face. My mother was only 21 years old the first time I saw her—and it must be the most beautiful time in her life. I guess I was crying all the time, so I forgot to see my mother ’s most beautiful face. However, there is a monster in the world that specializes in breaking up parent-child relationship and that is growing up, the moment when we forget to hug mother and tell her our little secrets. Although she may occasionally be disappointed with me, and although I also complain about her nagging, we are always one hundred percent together. I want totell my mother: You have accompanied me as a toddler, and I will walk with you into the sunset.

Liang Yuxiao

School of International Chinese Studies


While I want to wish the whole world health, safety and happiness during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, I don’t know whether it’s an omen or a blessing that I’ve had to stay at home while working on my Master’s Thesis. As the cases from the COVID-19 outbreak multiplied across the world, I sat in my grandparent’s house working away on my master’s thesis—from dusk until dawn. I must thank my grandparents for their loving spirit and humor. Most of all, for giving me a place to stay so that I could work on my thesis without disturbances.

Thanks grandmother and happy, happy Mother’s Day!

Next acknowledgments go out to my mother for her strong moral and emotional support during the time I was working on my thesis. I especially thank my mother for her cooking, movies, funny jokes, cool songs, weird American ‘80s dancing and lovely gardening tips. She wouldn’t be herself without all of those things—and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Love you always, mom. Happy Mother’s Day!

Joshua Mayfield

School of Advanced International and Area Studies

United States

Only a mother is good in the world, and a mother's child is like a treasure. I thank my mother very much. She has given everything to me. When my family was having dinner together, mom always had the best food for my brother and me. At that time, I didn't understand and didn't want to ask why she had better food but never eat it herself. When I was growing up, I just wanted to get an answer for my question. On her 50th birthday, I finally got the chance. She said that when she saw us eat happily, she was happy and when she saw us eat well and wear beautiful clothes and going home like a hero, she felt that’s the proudest moment in her life.

I used to chat with my mother once or twice a week. But when the novel coronavirus was discovered in China, my mother called me twice a day to make sure I stay safely at home. She was so worried that she could not sleep well on most nights. Now, the pandemic situation in our country is serious, and I also ask not go out or go to crowded places. Although I am far away from her, she is always on my mind and in my heart. I love you mother! Happy Mother’s Day to you!

Habibur Rahman

School of International Chinese Studies


Mom—it's the first word that everyone says after birth. Only your mom can protect her child in herself for 9 months; only she can hold you in her arms for 3 years; only she can put you in her heart for the rest of her life; and no one can replace her. Happy Mother’s Day to all. Thank you!

Ilyosov Zuhaliddin

School of International Chinese Studies


Author: Xu Xincheng

Copy editor: Joshua Mayfield

Designer: Zeng Heng

Editor: Yu Wenxi


East China Normal University