Chi Newman grew up in Beijing, China surrounded by servants, courtyards, and influential friends. At the age of thirteen, Chi and her sister, Lu, were forced to flee from Mao's Communist army, first to Nanjing and then to Taiwan. Thus began Chi's life of travel and adventure to the four corners of the world. This is a gripping memoir of life experienced by a true internationalist. More
Chi and her twin sister Lu were raised in a life of luxury and influence in a home in Beijing, China that had manicured courtyards, servants, and lavish entertainments. Chi's father, a wealthy diplomat, arranged for her to attend a "French" school where she would learn to speak both French and English confidently. She was also exposed to many cultures through books she read and watching American moving pictures. Then suddenly her life was changed forever with the arrival and merciless onslaught of Mao's Communist army, destined to take over all of mainland China. She and her sister were flown out of her homeland to Taiwan. Thanks to her command of English and French, she was able to work for many foreign embassies and influential diplomats. Thus began her life as a world traveler, thanks to her employment in several countries and then later as the wife of an American who traveled to fill important government assignments. This is her story of the remote places she lived, the interesting people she met, and the challenges she faced as a wife and mother constantly on the move to all corners of the globe.
Dr. Zara Larsen interviews author Chi Newman about her book (the paperback edition), "Goodbye, My Beijing." There are four parts to this video on YouTube.com. The entire set may also be seen on Chi Newman's website at http://chi-newman.com/chis-radio-interview.