Journey across the Four Seas: A Chinese Woman's Search for Home

By Veronica Li

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


This is a true and touching story of one Chinese woman's search for home. It is also an inspiring book about human yearning for a better life. To escape poverty, Flora Li fought her way through the education system and became one of the few women to get into the prestigious Hong Kong University. When the Japanese invaded, she fled to unoccupied China, where she met her future husband, the son of China's finance minister (later deputy prime minister). She thought she had found the ideal husband, but soon 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 to Taipei 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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This is a true and touching story of one Chinese woman's search for home. It is also an inspiring book about human yearning for a better life. To escape poverty, Flora Li fought her way through the education system and became one of the few women to get into the prestigious Hong Kong University. When the Japanese invaded, she fled to unoccupied China, where she met her future husband, the son of China's finance minister (later deputy prime minister). She thought she had found the ideal husband, but soon 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 to Taipei and finally across the four seas to the U.S. ...


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Veronica Li is the author of three books. Her first novel, Nightfall in Mogadishu, is a thriller set in Somalia, where she'd worked as an aid worker for the World Bank. Her second book, Journey across the Four Seas: A Chinese Woman’s Search for Home, is a true story of her mother’s life. Her third book, Confucius says, is a novel on caring for aging parents in a Chinese American family. Li spent most of her childhood in Hong Kong during its British colonial days and immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her master’s degree in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University. She was a journalist and later a loan officer of the World Bank.


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Veronica Li is the author of three books. Her first novel, Nightfall in Mogadishu, is a thriller set in Somalia, where she'd worked as an aid worker for the World Bank. Her second book, Journey across the Four Seas: A Chinese Woman’s Search for Home, is a true story of her mother’s life. Her third book, Confucius says, is a novel on caring for aging parents in a Chinese American family. Li s...


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