Meet Fei Wen Gang: Freedom and culture aside, he came to the Berkshires because of love

That thing about Chinese students being pushed by their parents to study really, really hard?

“Yeah, it’s true,” says Fei Wen Gang.

“Chinese parents really focus on their kids’ education. There is a huge population, so there is a lot of competition,” he says. “School days start at 7:30 in the morning and often you have classes into the evening.”

Six years ago, Fei, now 32, quit his job at China Unicom — “like a Verizon or AT&T” — and moved from the city of Luzhou to “the Mountain,” the northern Berkshire hilltown of Florida where the parents of his wife Ashley live. Their son Lucas was 9 months old.