Jasmine met Champ at a mixed martial arts competition in Penang, Malaysia. Jasmine was a spectator while Champ was a contestant. The two started to date and eventually engaged. However Jasmine’s father, a wealthy businessman, demanded that Champ gets a degree from America before the two get married. He is not happy that Champ didn’t even finish middle school. Also asking for a degree is a great way to express his disapproval of the marriage–to put obstacles on the path towards matrimony–without being openly against it.
Champ was sent to New York to an ESL program of a big university, but ended up spending a lot of time with the boisterous undergraduate students on campus, and getting into all kinds of mischief. Then it was decided that he should be staying away from the campus and getting private tutoring. Ivy and her husband Tom Tsai, the owner of Ivy Training Center, promised that their tutors could be sent to Jasmine and Champ’s resident at Princeton, New Jersey to tutor him every day. They have several hired tutors, who take turns to drive to Princeton. And at the beginning of the current story, Cindy is sent to tutor Champ on this particular day.
The maid Zilia, whom Jasmine brought from Malaysia, opens the door for Cindy and ushers her in, but Champ is not there in the study area, where a white board is installed on the wall.
“I am going upstairs to call him. He put a ‘do not disturb’ sign outside of his door and hasn’t come down for breakfast yet.” The maid says.
That’s typical for Champ. Cindy knows. Champ has various tricks to stall the learning process.
Presently, the maid comes downstairs to make a phone call to a doctor and then a phone call to Jasmine. When Cindy inquires, the maid asks her to come upstairs. So the two go upstairs together and enters the bedroom, where Champ lies on the bed, unresponsive.
“What’s wrong with him? Is he drunk again?” Cindy asks. Lulu at the training center told Cindy about Champ being drunk for one of the tutoring sessions.
The doctor comes, but he is not a real doctor, at least not to Cindy. He runs a local acupuncture and herb office. He administers some potion and holds Champ up in the bathroom so that he could vomit. When that’s over, he helps Champ back to bed.
“I think you should tell Jasmine that she has to make a decision. This cannot go on. Champ should not be made to study. This is the second time he tries to kill himself.” Zilia says to the doctor.
“I am not sure about study, but he is certainly depressed.” The doctor says.
“Cindy, you should tell Jasmine then. I already told Jasmine what I think, but Jasmine is not convinced. She’s having this habit of listening to her father.” Zilia says.
Cindy stares at Zilia and thinks she has a point. Education is supposed to enlighten people, but for Champ, it is killing him. Jasmine’s father really has a good way of torturing his future son-in-law to death under the beautiful cause of educating him.