Kai And His Mother Were Sitting On An Air China 747 In San Francisco International Airport, Waiting Impatiently For Take Off Kai S Father Had Passed Away A Year Before In The Spring Of 1988 He Was Taking His Mother Home To Visit His Elder Brother In China The Take Off Had Been Delayed Because One Of The Chinese Passengers Failed To Show Up Even Though He Had Already Checked His Luggage He Had Decided To Remain In The US Illegally This Incident Took Kai Back In Time To His Own Painful And Courageous Decisions A 12 Year Old Kai Was Sitting On The Train Waiting To Leave Beijing For Manchuria Young Kai Was Confused About Why He Was Leaving, Not Knowing He And His Brothers Were Being Forced To Join Their Exiled Parents In The Small City Of Tonghua He Had Spent The Past Five Years With An Abusive Grandmother And Big Brother In Beijing Life In Tonghua Wasn T Any Easier For Kai Who Grew Into A Teenager With A Different Accent And A Unique Physical Appearance 6 7 By The Age 15 But The Most Mind Boggling Torment For Kai And His Family Was Still To Come In 1966, The Cultural Revolution Began With Half Of His Relatives In Taiwan, Kai And His Family Endured Political Persecution And Discrimination He And His Brothers Were Again Forced To Leave The City To Go To The Countryside Kai Set Out To Overcome These Obstacles He Used His Basketball Skills To Land A Job In A Liuhe Grain Depot While Playing For The Depot S Team Soon After, With China S Return To Professional Sports, Two Basketball Coaches From The National Sports And Athletics Commission Recruited Him For The National Basketball Team S Training Camp In Beijing At The Camp, Kai Met His Best Friend Xiao, A Track Team Member, Who Was Later Expelled Because His Father Had Worked For Kuomintang S Army Kai Remained A Little Longer And Then Was Also Expelled For The Similar Reason Determined Not To Return To The Isolation Of The Small Town Factory, He Escaped To Canton He Was Caught And Then Force
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- 360 pages
- One In A Billion: Journey Toward Freedom
- Kai Chen
- 27 November 2018 Kai Chen