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Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds (book)

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Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds [Hardcover]

Ping Fu (Author), MeiMei Fox (Author)


It receives both five stars (with 21 reviews) and one star (with 11 reviews). I think it’s very sad that most Chinese, including me who is about her age, do NOT believe her stories of her life in China, as described in the book. 

I suggest a revision of the title for the book:

Seriously Bent (an imagined life in China), Won't break (because it was only imagined)

Below is her life at Wikipedia, kind of deviated from a normal path as well. For one thing, anyone who graduated from college in 1982 speaks more than three English words. Agreed?

Personal Biography

Ping Fu was born in 1958 in Nanjing, China. Her father was a professor at the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and her mother an accountant.[3] They sent Ping to Shanghai to be raised by her aunt and uncle, who had five children all older than Ping.[3] In 1966 when she was eight years old, Ping's upbringing was interrupted by the beginning of the Cultural Revolution.[3] She was taken from her Shanghai family and returned to the city of her birth. She arrived in Nanjing to find that both of her parents had been sent to the countryside for "re-education." Ping was left to care for herself and her birth sister, four-year-old Hong.[3]

For the duration of the Cultural Revolution, Ping Fu took care of her little sister and managed their household with little parental supervision.[2] She received very little formal education, but instead attended study sessions of Mao's Little Red Book led by Red Guards, performed mandatory military service, and worked on farms and in factories.[2]

In 1976, Mao Zedong died and the Cultural Revolution came to an abrupt end. Universities in China soon re-opened, and Ping took China's first university entrance exams in a decade. In 1977 she gained admission to study literature at Suzhou University.[3] For her thesis, Ping traveled the countryside researching the effects of China's newly implemented one-child policy. She spent two years interviewing hundreds of villagers, barefoot doctors, and medical staff, and found that the practice of female infanticide was widespread. She submitted her findings to her supervisor in 1980, and soon thereafter, her research gained domestic and international media attention. A story based on Ping's research was published in Shanghai's largest newspaper, and another in the People's Daily. When reports of female infanticide reached the international community, however, they prompted strong condemnation, as well as sanctions from the United Nations.[2] The government briefly detained Ping Fu, and then exiled her to the United States.[2]

Ping arrived in America in 1983 at age 25 on a student visa with no money and no English language skills.[2] She enrolled in English as a Foreign Language classes and then as a master's student in computer science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.[2] She paid her way through school by working first as a babysitter and cleaning lady, then, as her English improved, as a waitress.[3] Shortly before completing her MS degree, she decided to move to San Diego to attend the University of San Diego as an undergraduate.[2] She enrolled in the computer science program and simultaneously began working for Lane Sharman, founder and CEO of Resource Systems Group.[3]

Ping was married to Herbert Edelsbrunner in 1991 and they divorced in 2008. They have one daughter Xixi Edelsbrunner who was born in 1993.

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