The Unlikely Yank

The Unlikely Yank

by John T L Lu
The Unlikely Yank

The Unlikely Yank

by John T L Lu


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Under the spot light of the June 1989 Tiananmen Square unrest, my sixteen American tour members and I fled from one city to another, by plane and by train, away from the emotionally charged protesters. When rumors of a civil war permeated amongst regional Chinese tour guides, I decided to extract my frightened tourists, under restrictive travel circumstances, to the British colonial Hong Kong, by any means possible. I was the group's 25-year-old fearless tour leader, and this is my story.

This book is as much a memoir of my first ten years in the United States as it is an immigrant boy's adventures. Join me on my journey from being a 15-year-old FOB in Hawaii, to academic enlightenments on the Mainland, to my backpacking exploits in Europe. Take a front row seat on my tour bus as I take you on my domestic and international tours. Discover how, I, The Unlikely Yank, utilize my earlier experiences to secure safe passage out of China during political chaos.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732833609
Publisher:, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 550
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

John T. L. Lu was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and moved to the United States in 1979 as a direct result of the US One China Policy. After graduating Moanalua High School in Hawaii in 1982, he earned his degree in Fine Art, with Cum Laude honors, from Denver University in 1986. Lu embarked on a career in international tourism that ultimately placed him in China during the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Square unrest. As an entrepreneur, he produced a series of events benefiting earthquake victims of Kobe, Japan, featuring talents from the original Beverly Hills 90210 show. He later created A Weekend of Heroes and Operation Lion Claws Military Simulation Series, events that both honored US military heroes, benefited service members, their orphans and families.

Table of Contents





CHAPTER 3 - Ah...Looo...Ha!

CHATPER 4 - Haoles and the Wake-Up Call

CHAPTER 5 - Kick Off the Sunday Shoes

CHAPTER 6 - Birth Certificate

CHAPTER 7 - Only a “Fellow” May Pass

CHAPTER 8 - Rainy Monday

CHAPTER 9 - “Romantico Desperado”

CHAPTER 10 - Requiem

CHAPTER 11 - Free to Soar

CHAPTER 12 - Expanding the Horizon

CHAPTER 13 - Chopsticks on the Plane

CHAPTER 14 - Welcome to the People’s Republic of China

CHAPTER 15 - Silk Road Princess

CHAPTER 16 - Europa

CHAPTER 17 - The Creepy Scholar

CHAPTER 18 - The Lone Ranger Never Rode Alone

CHAPTER 19 - The Deceased Travel in Cargo

CHAPTER 20 - The Constant Temptation

CHAPTER 21 - Sweet Caroline

CHAPTER 22 - Just Not That into Her

CHAPTER 23 - “Pas d’Entrée Sans Passeport.”

CHAPTER 24 - Honolulu City Lights

CHAPTER 25 - CNN Presents

CHAPTER 26 - What Revolution?

CHAPTER 27 - Muggy Summer Night

CHAPTER 28 - Travel Advisory

CHAPTER 29 - Bloodshed in Shanghai

CHAPTER 30 - It’s the Weekend

CHAPTER 31 - Tour Group on the Run

CHAPTER 32 - Where Is John’s Group?

CHAPTER 33 - Anticipate

CHAPTER 34 - Night Train to Guilin

CHAPTER 35 - Calm before the Storm

CHAPTER 36 - John’s Plan

CHAPTER 37 - Open-Door Policy

CHAPTER 38 - Invalid Entry

CHAPTER 39 - Late Night at LAX

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