** Bend, not Break by Ping Fu


Bend, Not Break: A Life in Two Worlds is the memoir of a Chinese-American woman whose life would seem improbable if used in a novel. Raised by her aunt (although she had no idea that her mother had abandoned her) in comfort in Shangai, she was brutally removed from her family at age 8 and placed in a detention camp during the Cultural Revolution where she had exclusive charge of her 4-year old sister. She received no education until her late teens but managed to go to university, first in China and then, rather miraculously (but everything about this story is so unlikely) in the United States where she arrived  penniless but eventually founded a successful 3D printing company. Wow, what a life.

Written plainly except for frequent and useful flashbacks, it’s a stark book that I found very inspiring.

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