"The point is not to get better. It is to be the best to begin with."
—Mrs. Ching Chong talking to her daughter
Mr. and Mrs. Ching Chong were the adoptive Chinese parents of Mei Lin Barnes. They held extremely high expectations for their daughter, and that pushed her to become a musical prodigy. During one performance at Carnegie Hall, Mei Lin missed a note. Her parents were infuriated, dubbing her "incapable of perfection". They officially disowned their adopted daughter on December 18, 2014.