I did not meet my parents, aside from the early weeks after I was born, until I was eight. I don’t think that I ever thought about them or wondered about what they were like while I was being moved about from relative to relative in villages in the county of Haiyen Xian, Zhejiang Province. As I Remembered presents a picture of what it was like to grow up in the midst of the turbulence and turmoil of the Sino-Japanese war and the conflict between the Nationalists and Communists for control of China. Young Stanley Chen went to live with his aunt and uncle two weeks after his birth due to his parents’ involvement in the war. When his uncle died, he was sent to live with his grandfather for a short while and then to another uncle and aunt. Once reunited with his parents and his siblings, he began a more traditional family life with them in China. His memoir traces his life, describing his schooling and ultimately to his journey to the United States, where he made a new life for himself. His ties to his family and China remain strong, as does his life in the States.
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About the Author
Stanley Chen was born at the beginning of Sino-Japanese War. He graduated from college and, after serving in the Nationalist Air Force Reserve, came to the United States as a graduate student. After twenty-six years, he retired as professor emeritus from Arizona State University. He lives with his wife in Chandler, Arizona.