About Lin-Guan Ma
"Our ancestor disdained the city with its noisy bustle and liked the solitude of the countryside. Living an upright life and without holding an official post, he accumulated virtue and cultivated goodness. And thus he laid the foundations for the family for ten thousand generations to come, whether the descendants might labor in the fields, study, fish or chop wood."
-- from the Ma genealogy, chronicled in Faces of America (by Henry Louis Gates)