送交者: 六指 于 2017-06-18 03:04:51
Leaving home: My father was a Chinese diplomat, posted in Peru. After Mao’s revolution, my parents opened a grocery store in Lima. They worked seven days a week, and we lived in the back. When I was 15, my parents sent me to America with $300. “Make a life for yourself,” they said.
In 1945, Loh was born into China’s privileged elite. His grandparents owned five blocks of downtown Shanghai. As their only grandson, Loh was in line to inherit the expensive properties.
But crisis struck when Loh was 4 years old. Mao Zedong, an oppressive communist dictator who instituted policies that triggered nationwide famines, unseated the nationalist government. As an employee of the former government’s Chinese foreign service, Loh’s father seemed destined for execution.
So the Lohs sought political asylum in Lima, Peru. They replaced a life of luxury with a host of uncertainties: no jobs, no money, no inkling of the hardships that awaited them.
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