. The most important lesson I can learn from the short story TanjongRhu is respect for elders. The main character, MrT.W.Li, is a successful businessman who has little time and patience for the old ways of his culture. Yet, he is a filial son who respects his mother and tries his best to please her. He buys a pair of binoculars for his mother so that she would be able to see more clearly. He respects her wish to have a family altar. He teaches his daughter Ying to treat her grandmother with greater respect. I think this value is important in our culture.