Endorsements for Journey Across the Four Seas

“I love this book. It is the true story of one unusual woman who faces all of life's adversities and overcomes them through sheer determination, grit and a bit of luck. While it is the story of one woman, it is also a story that millions of people will identify with. It has the makings of a bestseller ”—Frank Ching, senior columnist,The South China Morning Post.

“A gutsy Chinese woman remembers with unsparing wit and candor growing up poor in British-ruled Hong Kong, surviving the perils and privations of Japanese-occupied China and the joys and pains of raising a family with a Kuomintang official’s privileged son she married. This is history as biography that can bring nostalgia attacks to old Asia hands. It’s also an odyssey through life in the Chinese diaspora peopled with funny and outrageous real-life personalities Amy Tan couldn’t have imagined.”—Eduardo Lachica, writer of Southeast Asian security and military affairs; former reporter of The Wall Street Journal and Washington bureau chief of The Asian Wall Street Journal.

“This book is an amazing read. When I finished it, I felt as if I understood Hong Kong, China, the heroine Flora, and myself better. It’s the Asian Grapes of Wrath.”—Adair Lara, award-winning columnist, The San Francisco Chronicle; author of 5 books including Hold Me Close, Let Me Go, and Hanging Out the Wash.

“Aside from being well done and written this book should also be very helpful in dispelling notions that some Americans might have about the role of women in China and Hong Kong in the early and mid-twentieth century. This is an incredible story about a remarkable Chinese woman; once started it is virtually impossible to put down for long. To me the principal message was the importance of initiative and hard work regardless of the adversity. Networking was important (extensive Swatow relations, Hong Kong University alumni, connection with the Nationalist Finance Minister, and so on) but only up to a point. Then initiative and hard work was required to carry her through.”—Morris Morkre, Economist at the Federal Trade Commission; Senior Lecturer in Economics, Hong Kong University.

“This compelling story is vivid testimony to the recent turbulent Chinese history and the prevalence of traditional values seen through the eyes of a remarkable Chinese woman, Flora, and written by her daughter, Veronica Li.”—Marie Luise Wagner, Visiting Assistant Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

“This story brings out a centerpiece of Chinese culture—education of the young. To attain that end, a Chinese woman would sacrifice anything, overcome any adversity. Like the mother of Mencius, she is willing to uproot herself in search of the best education for her children.”—Mi Chu Wiens, Head of Scholarly Services, Asian Division, Library of Congress.

“A compelling and intimate portrait of one Chinese woman's life as she successfully navigates her way from childhood through motherhood, ultimately immigrating to America. Challenged at every turn by the chaos and instability that characterized China from the end of the First World War through the transformation of Nationalist China into Communist China, she is guided by her abiding belief in both Catholicism and herself. That the story is told by her daughter makes it all the more remarkable.”— Rangeley Wallace, author of No Defense, a novel.

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