Y. K. Pao
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU
Title Page, Dedication, Copyright
Prologue: Letter to My Father
When I left for university at sixteen, you insisted that I write a letter home in Chinese every week. I did, and you always replied personally. Unfortunately, I do not have your postal address now. I hope that this letter will be forwarded to you, and you would give me your sage advice through some indications. ...
1: Eldest Daughter Sets the Standard
After the war,1 Father and Mother returned to Shanghai and moved into a large and attractive house in the French Concession. We lived in this home for four years. My second sister Bessie was born there. The three-storey, European-style house featured a red, pitched roof and a small apron garden. ...
2: Embracing Different Opinions, Accepting Opposite Views
Summer vacation ended and autumn turned into winter. There was a blizzard, not unusual fare for Chicago, “the Windy City”. The Rotarian Club of Chicago invited all the foreign postgraduate students to a lecture, followed by a dinner. The speaker was to discuss the South African economy. ...
3: The Road to Success
In 1955, Father purchased his first ship, a 25-year-old 8,201 DWT coal carrier, for £160,000. He named it Golden Alpha.1 The Golden Alpha was immediately chartered to the Japanese Yamashita-Shinnihon Company. Some other well-known, contemporary shipowners were: D. K. Ludwig, Aristotle Onassis and Stavros Niarchos. ...
In 1948, conditions in Shanghai worsened by the day. Father, then aged 30, flew to Hong Kong by himself, carrying with him his savings of HK$20,000. He was exploring business opportunities in this British colony with an introduction from Elder Uncle Lu. Then he returned to Shanghai to fetch the rest of his family: Mother, Ah Ying, Bessie and me. ...
5: Shanghai Banking Days
My parents moved to Chongqing during the war when Shanghai was occupied by the Japanese. Father worked in a bank and helped Elder Uncle Lu cash cheques into used small denomination currency. However, during all the dealing, Father had no suspicion that Elder Uncle Lu was a Communist, let alone an underground party cadre. ...
6: Developing China’s Tourism and Shipping
In the VIP Room at the Beijing Airport, Father embraced Elder Uncle Lu emotionally. The two men had not seen each other for almost three decades. Elder Uncle Lu wore a grey Mao jacket and walked with a limp.1 His ruddy face and square jaw was now framed by grey hair but his eyes still sparkled with youthful spirit. ...
7: Friendship with a Man of Vision
At the time of his first meeting with Father, Deng was first vice-premier of the State Council (1975–83).2 During more than a decade of friendship, he also held the post of chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Chinese Communist Party (1981–89) and chairman of the Chinese Communist Party Central Advisory Commission (1982–87). ...
8: The Unofficial Ambassador
Father was the first ethnic Chinese to become a director of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd. (now known as HSBC), a British bank founded in Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong in the 1870s. He later became its first Chinese vice-chairman. He was also one of the first Chinese members of the Hong Kong Club and Shek O Club, historically exclusive British, ...
9: Education Is Key to a Stronger Country
Father had two brothers and three sisters. With such a large household, the fi nancial circumstances of the family were oft en dire and education was not on the agenda. In any case, Ningbo itself was a poor community and there was not enough money for the government to spend on education. There was one good high school and no university at all. ...
10: The Goodwill Ambassador
In 1984, it seemed that the word “Ningbo” was on Father’s lips more and more often, especially after he saw Deng Xiaoping in Beidaihe.2 Anything having to do with Ningbo featured prominently on his screen. Before long, Father invited the mayor of Ningbo to Hong Kong to talk about matters. ...
Father left us more than twenty years ago and Deng Xiaoping more than ten. The special friendship forged between the two men has remained significant after all this time. ...
Page Count: 240
Illustrations: 69 b/w & col.
Publication Year: 2012
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