Internationalism, Avalon, and fiber optics | Cypress Semiconductor
Internationalism, Avalon, and fiber optics
How exactly, you may ponder (pun intended, for you who know passive optical networks), did those three subjects in this blog’s title become intertwined? Allow me to shed some light on their relationship by telling you about a recent business trip of mine.
In late 2009 I arrived in
Before I go any further, I shall first explain to you the significance of
So it was about 1:30am when I arrived in a Holiday Inn in the center of Wuhan, and as I was about to check in a young Caucasian couple, speaking English with a foreign accent, interrupted and asked the receptionist for help locating a McDonald’s or Burger King and calling a taxi to drive them there. Mildly amused, I did not give much more thought that night about seeing westerners in a Holiday Inn in an inland Chinese city looking for a fix of hamburgers late at night. It was not until the next day when I learned that Wuhan is also known as China’s Optical Valley, is China’s largest optoelectronics industrial base, and is the home base of the company I’m meeting--one of the largest PON vendors in the world.
International trade, you see, brings people from all corners of the earth to places in which you least expect to find them, pursuing things that seem comically incongruent to the surrounding environment.
So, for those of you who perhaps grew up reading Arthurian juvenilia instead of Chinese legends, this is how I'll describe my feeling about my newfound knowledge of Wuhan: imagine your surprise, upon visiting Avalon, a place where you fantasized yourself pulling Excalibur from the stone, only to learn that it’s now home to modern wizardry--a blooming fuel cell industry--and numerous KFC’s and Ramada Inn’s.
To finish the story of a wondrous journey that
I like it because it reminds me of imageries (one of which you'll find below) of the famous