Bend, Not Break: From Mao's China to the White House

Bend, Not Break: From Mao's China to the White House Bamboo is flexible, bending with the wind but never breaking It suggests resilience, meaning that we have the ability to bounce back even from the most difficult times Ping Fu is one of the few women running a tech company in the US But her story begins long beforeBorn on the eve of China s Cultural Revolution, she was separated from her family at the age of eight She grew up fighting hunger and humiliation and shielding her younger sister from the vindictive teenagers of Mao s Red Guard At twenty five she escaped to the United States her only resources werein traveller s checks and three phrases of English Thank you, hello, andhelpYet Ping persevered Within a year she had completed her English qualifications and started studying computer programming, rising to run the team behind Netscape She then founded Geomagic, a company that has literally reshaped the world, from personalizing prosthetic limbs to repairing NASA spaceships Bend, Not Break tells the incredible personal story of a journey from imprisonment to freedom, from Mao s China to technology start ups It is a tribute to one woman s courage in the face of cruelty, and a valuable lesson on the enduring power of resilience

  • Hardcover
  • Bend, Not Break: From Mao's China to the White House
  • Ping Fu
  • 14 February 2019
  • 0241257395

About the Author: Ping Fu

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9 thoughts on “Bend, Not Break: From Mao's China to the White House

  1. S.M. S.M. says:

    I saw the author interviewed on BBC News, which is what made me want to read her full story She has experienced very tough periods in her life and although had little early education has driven herself to be very successful in the USA, when it could have been so different I learned a lot I knew little of Maoist China before reading this It certainly held my attention, made me count my blessings and look to strive to do in my own life There are better written books, but many are not true stories, this one is a very personal story made so in the way she tells it and also by what she omits.

  2. David Dunbar David Dunbar says:

    This is one of the best books I have read in the past few years Ping Fu was a victim of the Cultural Revolution in China and rose to become a successful businesswoman in the US Her journey from riches to rags to riches is interesting enough, but it is Ping Fu s reflections on her life that raise the book above the level of simple autobiography Such wisdom and insight, such honesty and humanity Incredible.

  3. Jeanne Bz Jeanne Bz says:

    This is the best personal story I have ever read without doubt Not just because of Ping Fu s life journey but her work ethic, her desire to know and understand people and products and total humility when it comes to learning through what life throws at you I would love to have the opportunity to meet Ping Fu so we can have a conversation Thank you for allowing her to share her story.

  4. Vicky Watson Vicky Watson says:

    Delighted to be able to give this book to my daughter as it inspired me years ago and will be well received.Thank you.

  5. Margaret Hastings Margaret Hastings says:

    Very interesting book about the cultural revolution in China One persons determination to survive against very harsh circumstance Almost unbelievable

  6. Trev Trev says:

    Came recommended, read it yourself and enjoy You may even find it useful We can all learn about self control.

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  8. Gift giver Gift giver says:

    Inspiring life story With an interesting values

  9. Harald Schmid Harald Schmid says:

    Ping Fu tells a fantastic story It had a profound effect on me I did not care about the historical or political dimension of the backdrop What inspired me most is her attitude in personal and business affairs.This book has given me confidence in my own attitude and leadership style I embrace and admit to weakness rather than hiding it I take a pragmatic approach to everything And I always look for cooperation.Some quotes from the book and comments 1 People succeed through a combination of effort, intelligence and luck 2 She quoted Viktor Frankl s Main in search of meaning Between stimulus and response there is a space In that space is our power to choose our response In our response lies our growth and our freedom I cherish Frankl He has survived a german concentration camp, losing his wife there His biography and outlook on life closely resemble that of Ping Fu 3 Later in life, I realized that many students learn the theory behind engineering and mathematical principles without ever applying their education through hands on experience 4 The book is Ping Fu s story, told by Ping Fu, as she remembers it The book is not, nor does it aspire to be, a factual retelling of the events of the time She writes the first step in luring anyone into your worldview was creating an engaging narrative 5 She incorporates emotion and feelings into her leadership style That is an attitude that fits my personality well 6 Think about moving forward to make personal or social progress, rather than moving higher to gain a superior position 7 A major theme in her life seems to be change She has often had to deal with tremendous change, either by moving or switching jobs on purpose, or caused by an outside force I think her ability to manage change, to cope with it, to accept it, to not fear it, plays a role in her success 8 Nobody does it alone And nothing gets handed to you Both are true in her case.Everyone should write a memoir Everyone should tell his or her story, even if it is only for a few people.

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