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Tracing Our Footsteps: Fifteen Tales of Hope, Struggle, and Triumph is truly remarkable - a story of a journey shared regardless of age, race, gender or cultural backgrounds.
Posted April 29, 2013
A wonderful collection of individual, unified stories spanning continents and vast timeframes. The tales contained within offer glimpses into family relationships, and are presented with both insight and humor. It is mind-boggling to contemplate the world of Wei Senior, who has survived the ravages of historical turmoil in China, yet is placed in a small town setting in the US amid the contrasting cultural and technical background setting. An amazing story, presented in an easily digestible style. Highly recommended.
Posted April 24, 2013
This book was a pleasure to read, and I think that like me, you will want to read about Wei’s father, Yong Da, and to learn more of his story as he grew up in China and raised his family there. In addition to being about her dad it is Wei’s story too. Her family lived in the difficult years of Mao and war and were forced to do manual labor instead of the jobs they were trained for. As a young teenager Wei was sent to Inner Mongolia to work as a farm laborer when the universities were closed across China.
The story continues as Wei moves to the United States and she invites her widowed dad to live with her husband and young daughter in California. The question becomes will her dad stay in the USA as Wei dearly desires or will he return home to his beloved China. I appreciate how the author handles the sensitive father/daughter dynamics as they reconnect after long years apart.
Wei is gifted at painting word pictures, like this one about her father’s love of eating Chinese noodles: “One cannot try to substitute or improve upon a simple bowl of noodles that is steeped in the sauces of memory and culture.”
Be sure and read this memoir and find out who the “White Ghosts” are, and also get some insights into fathers and daughters and immigration to the USA.