Shortly after starting our teaching jobs in China at Shane English School in Yangzhou, we met our friend Standy. Standy’s job is to provide the foreign teaching staff with full time assistance. Not long after he started, we all realized that he was going to be our good friend as well.

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Standy’s Chinese name is Wu Wei ( 吴伟). His English name is quite different (like many Chinese people who have chosen English names), but Standy’s name has a background. He once had an English professor who he really admired. His professor’s name was Stanley and when Standy was choosing his English name he figured he would honour his professor by taking his name. But he didn’t want to take his exact name.

Meet Standy
This Is Standy

He had always liked the word on his mobile phone “Stand-by”, but for some reason he thought it was pronounced Standy. He decided to name himself Standy. We still call him Stand-by sometimes because he is always on stand-by, ready to help us.

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Standy is hilarious and he always comes up with funny sayings that stick in our group. We take him out for dinners occasionally to thank him for all of his help. In fact, he’s been told by our boss that it is his job to befriend us, so if he doesn’t want to come out, we just say: “You have to. It’s your job Standy”. Although he’s paid to help us, we cherish his friendship more than his assistance.

Meet Standy
Standy’s Not Afraid To Party With Us Either!

I think other teachers who work abroad would be amazed at just how much help Standy gives us. If we need to reserve train tickets, exchange money, book flights, pay bills, buy stuff online or just order a meal, Standy is on call 24/7 (although we’d never call him in the middle of the night).

When we tell Standy how much we appreciate all of his hard work, he simply replies: “I know… I’m a legend”. If he doesn’t agree with something, he always says “that’s illegal”.

Standy is not only our friend and helper, but he’s also our Chinese teacher. I frequently text him “how do you say _____” and he replies quickly so that I can order my desired dish or get out of a typical communicational jam. I once asked him to teach me how to swear in Chinese and he said: “that’s illegal and you are such a gentleman, why do you want to learn such things.”

Meet Standy
Standy And A Couple Of The Guys

There are times when we are capable of doing things ourselves and we complete tasks without his help. When we tell him later he seems genuinely proud of us. He once said: “You are an awesome genius. Good job!”

When we complain to Standy about the differences between business in China vs business at home, he simply says: “This is the peoples republic of China… it’s a journey.”

One day, Standy came into work wearing a nice blazer and I told him he looked good. His reply was: “It is not a secret that I am a handsome man.”

Standy’s laugh is unbelievably contagious and when he gets going, the whole room will erupt in laughter. Sometimes when the office is completely silent, someone will tell Standy a joke and his laugh will break the silence and start everyone else laughing with him.


Meet Standy
At The Park With Standy

We’ve made a lot of friends coming to China but Standy is one Chinese friend that we will never loose touch with. He is a really cool guy and we’re very lucky to work with him and even luckier to consider ourselves his friend. All of the foreign teachers joke that we don’t know what we’d do without Standy and it’s true. He has helped to make China a better place for us to live and he’s helped us understand it better. We’ll always remember our friend Standy.



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13 thoughts on “Meet Standy – Our Personal Assistant in China

  1. Firstly, Thanks for your making-famous words. Good article, how can be such a perfext man.
    Actually I hope that i can be a legend but actually i am not. In my daily life and daily work, i just want to do something i want to do and have to do. You, are just like youngh kids for me. You guys, with different skin, with a different background, surely be nervous about a new atmosphere. I want to make you guests feel at home, remember , here, Yangzhou, Peoples Republic Of China, is your 2nd hometown. … We are always “Peng you” and “xion di”
    I agree that life is a journey, for your backpacking life, also…anything. Goats, keep going. You are my eye, help me go through and explore every corner of the world. I will pay attention on your updating. A month later, we will have to say goobye to each other. I will cherish all the friendship with you guys….

  2. Thanks Charlie,
    Standy is one of the best people we’ve met here in China. He’s so helpful, funny and a good friend 🙂

  3. Thanks Standy!
    You are now world famous for sure. We will always remember you and will definitely keep in touch! We hope to see you again some day “Wo de peng you”


  4. Hey guys,
    I couldn’t agree more, Standy is just amazing! I’m really glad you featured him.
    Standy, thank you for being there for us, you are good at your job, but more importantly, you are a great friend!!!

  5. I really enjoyed this article. It is nice to read about the people you meet, as well as the places you go.

  6. Standy is nothing but a ordinary guy, it’s you , make him famous and give him so much praises. Anyway, thanks for what you have done.

  7. It’s you guys make him a genius and a legend in Shane school. Thanks. Ola…

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