About Journey Across the Four Seas: A Chinese Woman’s Search for Home

A Memoir

This is a story of the Chinese diaspora as illustrated by one woman’s search for home. Flora Li began her life in 1918 in Hong Kong, then a British colony. Her father died when she was three, plunging the family into destitution. To escape poverty, Flora fought her way through the education system and became one of the few women to get into Hong Kong University. In her senior year, the Japanese invaded Hong Kong. She fled to unoccupied China, where she met her future husband, the son of China’s finance minister. She thought she had found the ideal husband, but no sooner was the wedding over than she discovered that he suffered from emotional disorders caused by family conflicts and the wars he had grown up in. Whenever he had a breakdown, Flora would move the family to another city, from Shanghai to Nanking to Hong Kong to Bangkok and finally across the four seas to the U.S. Throughout her migrations, Flora kept her sight on one goal—providing her children with the best possible education.


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