This is an autobiography of a woman of unusual strength and determination who grew up in 1930s Shanghai. Born to a traditional family of China's scholar-official class, she endured incredible suffering as her country was torn apart, first by warlords and later by the invading Japanese Imperial Army.
Christina Ching Tsao was born in Shanghai in 1915 to a prominent scholar-official family that traces its descent back to a Song dynasty poet. At 16 she was married to a brilliant lawyer more than twice her age. For over ten years, Christina Ching Tsao was a refugee, first because of the Japanese invasion and later as a result of the communist victory in China's civil war. In postwar Hong Kong, she single-handedly brought up her four children. While in Borneo, she obtained a master's degree in business administration. Christina Ching Tsao immigrated to the United States in 1965, where she became a successful businesswoman.