Bend, Not Break

Bend, Not Break

A Life in Two Worlds

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In her autobiography, Ping Fu tells her story as she lived it--from child soldier and political prisoner to a CEO and "Inc." magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2012.
ISBN: 9781101608197
1101608196
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 276 p., [8] p. of plates) : ill.
Additional Contributors: Fox, MeiMei
Contents: Three friends of winter
Behind every closed door is an open space
I am precious
Blood is thicker than water
Everybody is somebody
Who can say what is good or bad?
The number one strategy is retreat
Life is a mountain range.
Summary: In her autobiography, Ping Fu tells her story as she lived it--from child soldier and political prisoner to a CEO and "Inc." magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year.

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suechen00
Jun 05, 2014

If I could give 0 star to this book, I would.

This memoir is full of contradictory fabrications mixed with high-minded talking. A lot of the stories in this book have been proven fake beyond doubt. Ping Fu herself had to retract quite a few major claims and correct quite a few "errors." Ping Fu has become so notorious in Chinese American communities that her name is synonymous with liar. Plug "Ping Fu" and "liar" into Google these days and the combo yields more than 6,300 hits.

Has any one ever heard of some one being kidnapped the first day upon arrival to America, being rescued by policemen but there is no police report? In this book it happened to Ping Fu (pages 5 - 8).
Has any one ever heard of any college teacher to insert fingers to the female students' vaginas to make sure they are not pregnant? Any country, any time? In this book it happened to Ping Fu (page 254).
Has any one ever heard of any one was quartered by 4 horses in last 100 years, anywhere in the world? In this book Ping Fu saw it in China (page 44).
Has any one ever heard that Sylvester Stallone grabbed a girl's rear end in a restaurant? In this book it happened to Ping Fu (page 60).

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Sanhita_Mukherjee
Jun 06, 2013

"We underestimate the value of stepping back because we are trained to perceive a willingness to make concessions as a weakness, or looking for alternatives as being inconsistent" - Can a realization be challenged to be lie? Yes, it can be. Because we live in an era of INFORMATION (INFORMATION CORRUPTION and INFORMATION POLLUTION). A few can recognize what exactly knowledge is. Too few can realize a piece of WISDOM. Ping Fu, like many talented people of her time, is in business of information technology; which is quite different from typical dot com. Even while the produces from her company’s product will flood our lives, none of us will be able to understand we are enjoying comfort, perhaps, of twenty second century. Her product is enough to replace entirely manual labor required for manufacturing, mass production and customization and that too at a rate cheaper than that of all Chinese manufacturing units with starving, fatigued labor force can produce. In short, her business can put China out of business someday. Obviously China will tend to denounce, decry and dissent the book. That is why they are crying fowl in collaboration with some hegemonic media groups. While reading the pages of those papers, remember that the regime, with inheritance of wiping out history and belief in wiping out lives that appears to be perceived threats to their existence, in wink of an eye can wipe out pages from a journal and/or book is to prove themselves right. Fu’s book is neither about entrepreneurship nor about horrors of Cultural Revolution. It is about life. As Ping Fu written, "Like a mountain range, I realized, life offers surprising views at every turn. Although the best views can be found on the peaks, it is valleys that offer the most opportunities for growth and development. In valleys we farm, build roads, and formulate our visions for reaching ever higher. In valleys, we develop resilience and cultivate hope.” She depicted bad governance menacing lives of good people in China while bad people rigging good governance in the United States. How “red blooded” braggarts harassed and humiliated erstwhile middle class and how some snooty Americans look down upon others, are both narrated with immense care so that it do not hurt anybody’s feeling or self-esteem or patriotism. No book, since biography of Marie Courie, could moved me so much towards faith in life and positivity of living. This book teaches more than survival. “Bend, Not Break, A life in Two Worlds” inspires to live our own lives. The author never idolized herself, nor bragged. She has narrated an intimate piece of her experiences through journey of a life more than a half a century, halved into two worlds. The end product is a marvelous piece of literary work. Above all, it is a book to live with. End note: “It is tunnels that we start our journey; in pockets that our imaginations blossoms towards the opening; and in voids that we must face our naked agonizing vulnerability.”

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